Tom Ullian
Co-Founder, RNsights
Posted May 14, 2012

 

What Social Media Can Do For Critical Care Nurses

May 14, 2012

 

Technology continues to evolve rapidly and at times it can be difficult to stay abreast of the latest developments. For instance, the uses for social media have changed dramatically over the last 10 years. Online communities have evolved to become user friendly (even for those more technically challenged), easily accessible, and one of the greatest untapped resources available for today’s professionals.

 

In the high-pressure, fast-paced world of critical care nursing, communication and consultation with other nursing professionals is imperative.  Enter RNsights, a free online professional community that provides support to criticial care nurses. With RNsights, critical care nurses can log on with an anonymous user name and immediately access a network of other critical care and specialty nurses nationwide. The site is an important resource for those who:

 

  • Have a specialized question for an expert, specialty nurse, or nurse manager
  • Are eager to learn about the policies or procedures of other critical care units
  • See patients with a variety of ailments and want to stay abreast of all the latest developments and treatments being utilized
  • Might be hesitant to show uncertainty or ask certain questions to colleagues
  • Are concerned about sharing too much patient information with a colleague who might know or beware of the patient
  • Work in a rural setting, a busy ER, or other environment where colleagues aren’t always immediately available to assist

 

With RNsights, critical care nurses finally have a supportive peer group across the United States they can easily access with the click of a mouse. In real-time, peers, mentors and experts are available and eager to help resolve issues and answer questions. There is also a tremendous benefit to patients for this real time cross sharing of evidence based solutions.

 

While Listserv and other group email lists were a step forward in trying to connect critical care nurses, they have become an antiquated form of communication. They are cumbersome to manage, tracking responses to questions is difficult, emails on a topic of no interest can clutter one’s mailbox, and answers are not provided real-time.  A critical care nurse’s time is valuable, and RNsights recognizes the importance of being able to get answers quickly and reach other professionals who can freely exchange ideas and concerns without fear of retribution.

 

Having this free, user-friendly connection with RNsights can reduce stress, increase efficiency and add to the satisfaction and enjoyment of the day. Social media may not have been originally created for this purpose, but when used properly there can be an enormous impact improving the efficiency and effectiveness of critical care nurses nationwide.

4 comments

  1. This makes everything so completely pianless.

    • I don’t know of any schools that offer to pay full tutoiin for RN programs, but there are numerous hospitals throughout the country that offer Earn as You Learn programs to become an LPN or RN. The hospitals have partnerships with the local colleges to enroll a limited amount of students into the college’s nursing program. From what I have seen here (Florida) most hospitals require you to have your prerequisite general education requirements completed and usually require you to be an employee of the hospital. They have you sign a contract, stating you will maintain a certain GPA level, work a minimum set of hours in the hospital per pay period (usually as a CNA), and they pay you a set wage for your work hours and your actual classroom hours. Most of them also have a post-graduation requirement of a 2 year work commitment in that hospital’s area of need. All this is in exchange for them paying your tutoiin, books, lab fees, and all other required fees related to your nursing level classes.

    • I graduate in December and once I pass my brdoas I will be an RN. The waiting lists to get into nursing programs in my area are two years or longer so what I choose to do was take a 6 week CNA course and I worked on a medical surgical floor for two years before starting school. It really helped me to decide if nursing was the career that I wanted and for a 6 week course you make ok money as a CNA. I was at $12.00 an hour when I left for an internship. I will be starting somewhere around $28 per hour when I graduate. Hope that helps and good luck.

      • Right now in many places the nnuisrg shortage isn’t being felt and due to the poor economy it’s harder for new grads without experience to find jobs. Not everywhere, but a lot of places. However the pendulum always swings back. . . there IS an impending nnuisrg shortage that will be felt everywhere in the decades to come, for several reasons. First, the Baby Boomer generation is hitting retirement age. With such a large population that will soon be experiencing declining health, this will increase demands on all aspects of health care. With this aging population also comes a great number of aging RNs who are retiring, and there are not as many new RNs entering and staying in the profession to balance the numbers of those leaving. Finally, we are, as a society, growing more unhealthy. Obesity is an epidemic, and with that comes increasing rates of heart disease, diabetes, and other huge medically-dependent conditions. Nursing is a profession which is far more stable than many others. You might have a little difficulty getting a job as a new grad, but you are still years away from that and by then the economy will turn around and things will probably be back to where you will have your pick of jobs upon graduation, like it was a few years ago. Good luck.