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Lessons Learned from Litigation: Legal and Ethical Consequences of Social Media

Brous, Edie JD, MPH, MS, RN; Olsen, Douglas P. PhD, RN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: September 2017 - Volume 117 - Issue 9 - p 50–54
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000524546.50943.9e
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Editor's note: To the surprise of many, a Canadian nurse's Facebook post complaining about the medical care a family member had received resulted in disciplinary action by the licensing board. We asked our legal and ethical contributing editors to provide some insight on the issues of this case.

AJN's legal and ethical contributing editors offer insight on the issues raised by a case in which a Canadian nurse's Facebook post complaining about a family member's medical care resulted in disciplinary action by the licensing board.

Edie Brous is a nurse and attorney in New York City and the coordinator of Legal Clinic. Douglas P. Olsen is an associate professor at the Michigan State University College of Nursing in East Lansing. Brous and Olsen are also contributing editors of AJN. Contact author: Edie Brous, ediebrous@ediebrous.com. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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