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Social Networking Policies in Nursing Education

FRAZIER, BLAKE RN, BSN; CULLEY, JOAN M. PhD, MPH, RN, CWOCN; HEIN, LAURA C. PhD, RN, NP-C; WILLIAMS, AMBER DNP, APRN, BC, FNP; TAVAKOLI, ABBAS S. DrPH, MPH, ME

CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: March 2014 - Volume 32 - Issue 3 - p 110–117
doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000030
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Social networking use has increased exponentially in the past few years. A literature review related to social networking and nursing revealed a research gap between nursing practice and education. Although there was information available on the appropriate use of social networking sites, there was limited research on the use of social networking policies within nursing education. The purpose of this study was to identify current use of social media by faculty and students and a need for policies within nursing education at one institution. A survey was developed and administered to nursing students (n = 273) and nursing faculty (n = 33). Inferential statistics included χ 2, Fisher exact test, t test, and General Linear Model. Cronbach’s α was used to assess internal consistency of social media scales. The χ 2 result indicates that there were associations with the group and several social media items. t Test results indicate significant differences between student and faculty for average of policies are good (P = .0127), policies and discipline (P = .0315), and policy at the study school (P = .0013). General Linear Model analyses revealed significant differences for “friend” a patient with a bond, unprofessional posts, policy, and nursing with class level. Results showed that students and faculty supported the development of a social networking policy.

Author Affiliations: College of Nursing, University of South Carolina Columbia.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Corresponding author: Joan M. Culley, PhD, MPH, RN, CWOCN, College of Nursing, University of South Carolina Columbia, 1601 Greene St, Wms. Brice Nsg. #308A, Columbia, SC 29208 (jculley@sc.edu).

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