Tom Ullian
Co-Founder, RNsights
Posted January 13, 2011

 

Why Should Schools Support Online Networking Community for School Nurses?
Internet Tool Invaluable in Caring for Students

 

Social media’s prevalence is indisputably on the rise and being a school nurse is undeniably a challenging job, but how do the two relate? With school nurses, who are typically isolated in their jobs with no other school nurses in their building on whom they can rely, RNsights, the free online and anonymous networking community, is changing the way school nurses use the web to share evidence based solutions, collaborate with their peers and resolve issues. This tool benefits both school nurses as well as students because nurses can now consult with other health care professionals in real time.

 

In addition, while most healthcare professionals have only one specialty in which to become an expert, such as cardiac or immunology, school nurses are responsible for all ailments that impact students. Given the growing list of chronic and non-chronic issues facing children, it is impossible for one school nurse to be an expert across all potential issues they might face in treating students. Online networking communities, such as RNsights, provide them a resource to those who have more experience in any particular area.

 

With the RNsights tool, school nurses can log on from anywhere, including smartphones and tablets, and start or join a discussion on topics such as asthma, allergies, HIPAA, record keeping, breaking industry news, and much more. An anonymous, professional, and free online networking tool such as this can bring continuing education and emotional support to the nurses and significant healthcare benefits to the students. Tom Ullian, co-founder of RNsights, told us that the need for an online network for school nurses was clear when they set out to recruit a small group of school nurses across the country to test the site and were quickly oversubscribed. School nurses who have already participated are thrilled. As one participant reports, “I am excited that I am no longer isolated in my job.”

 

So what should school principals and administrators do to support their school nurses? First, spread the word and make sure your nurses know this online network tool is available. Encourage its use at school for professional development. Second, make sure firewalls are not preventing access. In one recent case, a school initially had a firewall that was blocking access to any online networking community as a school policy. Once it was explained that RNsights is a resource for their school nurse and the benefits it provides her and the students, the firewall was lifted for the site.

 

Although most schools can only hire one nurse, by allowing access to those network sites that are anonymous and educational, schools can ensure they are providing their one nurse with the ability to easily and quickly collaborate with others while still protecting the confidentiality of their students. Healthcare professionals collaborating on issues and sharing evidence based solutions always leads to better results, so a professional networking community for school nurses just makes sense. If the old saying proves true that “two heads are better than one”, why should school nurses continue to feel isolated when they no longer have to be?

 

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7 comments

  1. What a great blog

    • Thank you. I hope it helps!

      • I don’t know about Kaplan, but there are others, like the State University of New York, where you do your comrtuepized tests and then take your clinical exams in the area you live in. As far as I know of, there are only two states that do not accept these degrees, Louisiana and I think Indiana. Wherever you go, you will still have to pass the NCLEX exam to get your RN anyway. This is assuming you are not already an RN and just going for the Bachelor’s part. If you are an LVN going for an RN, you have a choice between just getting an RN and getting a BS RN.If you are already an RN, chances are you can find a local university that you can take the additional courses to complete your bachelors for a lot less than any on-line school. And you have to be very careful about the on-line schools, anyway. I have no worries about SUNY because it is associated with an actual state university. But any other school I would thoroughly google and check out on Ripoff Report before I committed any money to it.But if you have no clinical experience at all, I definitely wouldn’t attempt to take care of a patient after only an online course.

    • I’m going to agree with everyone above. Is nurinsg still in demand? Not the same way it was in demand 7-8 years ago. When I first started nurinsg, you could pretty much walk into any place and expect to get some kind of job.Now it is a lot more competitive. Older nurses had their 401Ks drained when the stock market crashed and can’t afford to retire. Younger nurses are flooding into the field because they hear it is a good career choice. Laid-off workers are also looking to nurinsg after being laid off. Hospitals are having to make cut-backs right and left and they can’t afford to lay off physicians, but the nurinsg staff is expendable.So you kind-of have a perfect storm.But here is what I think The economy is going to pick up again in a few years or so. Then stocks will go up again, the older nurses will be able to retire and some of the nurses supporting their families for their laid-off spouse will be able to go back home again this will create some movement in the field.So while I can’t say that I know of any particular state that has massive openings for RNs, I can say that if your heart is into it, there is a way to make a career out of nurinsg. You just will have to really work hard at it the first few years.

  2. Hi, I am looking for School Nurse social media where I could ask other nurses about their nurse charting problems. Thanks, Debbie

  3. I’m going to agree with everyone above. Is nunsirg still in demand? Not the same way it was in demand 7-8 years ago. When I first started nunsirg, you could pretty much walk into any place and expect to get some kind of job.Now it is a lot more competitive. Older nurses had their 401Ks drained when the stock market crashed and can’t afford to retire. Younger nurses are flooding into the field because they hear it is a good career choice. Laid-off workers are also looking to nunsirg after being laid off. Hospitals are having to make cut-backs right and left and they can’t afford to lay off physicians, but the nunsirg staff is expendable.So you kind-of have a perfect storm.But here is what I think The economy is going to pick up again in a few years or so. Then stocks will go up again, the older nurses will be able to retire and some of the nurses supporting their families for their laid-off spouse will be able to go back home again this will create some movement in the field.So while I can’t say that I know of any particular state that has massive openings for RNs, I can say that if your heart is into it, there is a way to make a career out of nunsirg. You just will have to really work hard at it the first few years.

    • What you have to remember that there is a lagrer picture to see when you post on social media sites. What you post about your employeer is a direct reflection on you and the institution you work for. It makes you look like a fool and makes you hospital look bad because its employees (in this case a charge nurse) are bad mouthing the institution. There are employeers that do look at social media sites before they hire you to see how you behave outside of work. What you post on these sites is a direct reflection of what kind of person you are. And .if you have the guts to post something negative on one of these sites when you think it is private, you should have the guts to take responsiblity for those posts when it is no longer private. That is what professionals do ..take responsibility.So ..maybe I am a tattle tale , but unlike you who only sees your little part of the big picture, I am the type of person who sees the whole picture and am not only looking out for my co-workers, but for the hospital that I work at and believe in its mission.GD Star Ratingloading…