Navigating Social Media: What Nurses Need to Know

Cynthia Saver, RN, MS



Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media, we’re networking more than ever. Our easy access to experts and information can be a professional boon, but when does connecting cross the line? Should you “friend” a patient? Does sharing patient stories online violate confidentiality even if you change names? Is it OK to Twitter at work? These are just some of the questions that nursing and other professions are wrestling with.

Purpose/Goal: To provide nurses with information regarding the positive aspects of social media while alerting them to the potential legal and ethical pitfalls.


1. State confidentiality considerations related to patients and social media.
2. Discuss issues surrounding use of social media on the job.


Cindy Saver has more than 30 years’ experience in the publishing field. She has written several articles on social media for nurses and other health care professionals. Cindy has her own website, LinkedIn profile, and Facebook page. Author of the award-winning book, Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses, Cindy provides an insightful look at social media and how nurses should and should not be involved.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1

Expiration Date: 5/15/2017


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