Tom Ullian
Co-Founder, RNsights
Posted November 8, 2011
 
Why School Nurses Need Social Media
 
When social networks, such as Facebook and MySpace, first began to surface in 2003, it would have been difficult to imagine how school nurses would benefit from the exploding world of social media. These original sites were created to foster online social interaction among the younger generation. Their business model did not include attracting the attention of the 70,000 hard working and dedicated school nurses across the United States.

 

However, social network platforms have evolved over the last eight years to become user friendly (even for those more technically challenged), easily accessible and no longer just for the younger generation. Social Media now includes online communities connecting members of the same profession. For school nurses, these online professional networks provide one of the greatest untapped resources available.

 

Here’s why:

  • School nurses are among the most isolated group of nurses within their profession. They are on their own as there is often only one school nurse per school or even one nurse responsible for multiple schools. They have no peer group to access for information, guidance, support or help in resolving issues as they arise.
  • School nurses see patients with an unusual variety of ailments. It is impossible for one school nurse to stay abreast of all the latest developments and treatment for every ailment they could possibly encounter throughout the day.
  • While Listserv and other group email lists were a step forward in trying to connect school nurses, they are cumbersome to manage, tracking responses to questions is difficult, emails on a topic of no interest can clog one’s in-box, and answers are not provided real-time. Listserv has become an antiquated form of communication.

 

With an online professional network for school nurses, such as RNsights, school nurses finally have a peer group across the United States who they can easily access real-time. With the click of the mouse, school nurses can immediately connect with peers, experts and mentors eager to help resolve issues. They can get their questions answered by those who have more recent experience or updated knowledge in a particular area. Having this connection can reduce stress, increase efficiency and add to the enjoyment of the day.

 

Maybe it wasn’t the original intent but Social Media was made for school nurses.

 

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11 comments

  1. Great! Thanks for the share!

    • if youve already got the cettoficariin and are from and trying to get a job in america then all you have to do is apply for a job , but if your from another country but have the cettoficariin then you have to take the lpn test again and then you can apply . any hospital will hire you as long as you can come up with the cettoficariin and actually get there , there are also things such as travelling nurses , where they pay your way and stay so that you can work in their hospital and you can leave after about 8 weeks of that one place , its a good thing to look into. all of these you must have cettoficariin that you graduated from college as an lpn otherwise youve got to do the whole 4-6 years to get the cettoficariin.

      • You can become an RN 2 ways. You can get your asaeicstos degree then take the NCLEX-RN, or you can get your bachelor degree and take the NCLEX-RN. The difference for a BSN is that you have more training and can then move into managment or move on to get your masters in nursing. When you say RN-BSN program, you are probably thinking of and RN TO BSN program. This is for those RNs who already have an associates degree and would like to add classes to get their BSN degree. You cannot attend an RN-to-BSN program without first obtaining your associates degree in nursing. If you are young enough, I would suggest going straight for your BSN (bachelor of science in nursing). The program takes 4 years in a regular university. The first 2 years are prerequisite coarses and the 2nd two years are all nursing coarses. Good luck

  2. You have mentioned very interesting details! ps nice website.

    • I’m not sure if our link nurses here in the U.S. are what you are talikng about but link nurses are nurses who work for Nurse Link. Nurse Link is a community service where people can call a toll free number to get medical help or advice from nurses trained to triage their issues. Those that need medical help would then be referred to a doctor or specialist with the appointment being made for them or, if necessary, told to go to the local ER.The service also provides seminars, health fairs and other community services.

      • I worked as a noanatel nurse in an overseas country for 4 years and now I’m doing my PhD in Australia. The most important think, from my point of view, is to find a way to find a way to help noanatel nurses all around the world to improve their practice and provided care to their patients and their family. It would be great if there is some way to share new knowledge and to spread up to date knowledge among noanatel nurses. I’m thinking about some way to have a cooperation between noanatel nurses at my country and one of the developed countries. Unfortunately, we don’t have any association or organization for noanatel nurses and even we don’t have such a specialty in our universities. So it would be great if I can have such a help to develop such a thing to start following the same steps which u guys followed her to reach this stage of provided care.Starting in such a way can say we can lead to change current practice and improve provided care to neonates and their family globally.

        • Depends on where you want to work. In my area, some of the larger, raersech type hospitals are only hiring BSNs and they are strongly encouraging their associates and diploma nurses to get their BSN. So, the salary difference is easy to see.Otherwise, there is little difference in the beginning.One major difference is that a BSN can move onto advanced practice (Nurse practitioner, nurse educator, anesthesia) with relative ease as they are already bachelors prepared.A BSN is a wise investment

      • True, LPN and RN are two separate dgeeers. You can chose to jump right into the RN course, but you (and generally a few others) will be doing so without the benefit of any prior nursing knowledge, and you will find it harder to keep up and make decent grades. To take the Associates Degree RN class, you will go to school full-time for 2 years, and upon passing the state boards test, you will receive your RN license then. You can chose to continue for your bachelor’s degree if you want but, unless you plan on teaching or going even further (like nurse anesthetist) having a BSN wont mean squat. If you want to work in a hospital environment, any department you please, being an associates degree RN is all you need. BUT .if 2 years is too long to wait before you can start earning money, consider the LPN course. It is 1-year of full time school, after which time you take the state board exam and get your LPN license. In the school setting, the major difference between RN and LPN is that the RN focuses more on legalities, paperwork, and leadership. The LPN focuses more on the basics of patient care. In the HOSPITAL setting, the RN gets a lot more respect and a lot more fields offered to her. When I was an LPN, I was allowed to work the Emergency Rooms, and eventually ended up specializing in the Intensive Care Units, where I functioned almost indistinguishably alongside the RNs. Nowadays, LPNs seem to be relegated to just basic patient care on the medical/surgical floors. So the answer is, you can either jump right into the ADN RN class, or into the Vocational LPN Nursing class. A lot of people I know prefer to take the LPN class so that they can start earning a paycheck sooner, and (at their leisure) they begin working on the prerequisites for the RN class. You dont have to start as an LPN to become an RN, but you’ll find that it helps to have that much more knowledge and experience behind you when you DO start the RN class. I know it’s confusing but I hope I helped.

        • The salary bteeewn the two won’t matter in the beginning. It IS worth getting the extra education for the BSN in the end as you progress through your career though. I have worked in healthcare (RN) staffing for over 15 years and I promise that many of my clients require a minimum of a BSN for any type of leadership position. Although many ADNs have advanced, that is not the future of nursing and many I know have now been going on for the MSN. The BSN opens many more doors for you in the future and can help you fast track through jobs better than an ADN.

  3. The advantage to getitng your LPN first is that after a year of school you can earn better money than you would from most other jobs while you are continuing your schooling. Many community colleges offer a ladder or step program where you go through a specialized LPN training and get your certificate. This enables you to take the state boards then the next year you will automaatically be a second year RN student. If you enter one of these programs it will help you decide if you like nursing enough to continue and you won’t have wasted that first year if you decide not to continue. An LPN can earn as much as 40,000 dollars a year depending on the area of the country.An RN can earn twice as much or more depending on her level of education. It may be possible to earn 100 dollars an hour in the short term working for an agency that will send you out on very hard cases or to institutions that have very difficult working environments but it would be very rare. Many RNs in big city hospitals can earn 40 dollars an hour working in specialty units. Whatever you decide,if you become a nurse you will always be able to find a job,anywhere you choose to live. Good luck!

    • My wife (RN) faced the same problem when I got my asmngisent to Japan. She had two options enlist (a little more difficult as an RN looking for a commissioned spot as opposed to an LPN looking for an NCO spot), or go Civil Service.We got lucky, a civil service slot opened up in her area of specialty after we got there. She was positioned to jump into this position since she was already volunteering in the ward. Even if you don’t get a job, I recommend keeping current by volunteer work.Also, many countries have reciprocity with US states on nursing licenses. Technically speaking, my wife is qualified to work as a nurse in Japan. However, since she speaks no Japanese, it certainly wasn’t practical. But if you are fluent in the language of the country to which you will be assigned, this might be an option as is the possibility of taking their board exams.