Social Media and Nurses: Insights for Promoting Health for Individual and Professional Use

Online J Issues Nurs. 2014 Sep 30;19(3):2.


Social media use can have a significant impact on the health of nurses, both at the individual level and in the workplace. There are positive and negative consequences of social media use for nurses, including potential health consequences. This article provides a brief overview of social media and then explores nursing health and social media and risks for nurses. Social media use also extends to healthcare organizations; with implications for consumers of healthcare delivery. A variety of emerging best practices can guide social media use for nurses. The authors also discuss suggestions for using social media carefully, and future directions for research.

MeSH terms

  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Nurses*
  • Organizational Culture
  • Social Media*
  • Workplace