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Ethical Reasoning and Online Social Media

Englund, Heather MSN, RN; Chappy, Sharon PhD, RN, CNOR; Jambunathan, Jaya PhD, RN; Gohdes, Erick BSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e31826f2c04
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Undergraduate nursing students are frequent users of social media sites; however, the ethical or professional implications surrounding the use of online social networking sites are ambiguous and understudied. Faculty guidance is needed if students are to gain the necessary skills and values to appropriately use social media while maintaining professional accountability. The authors discuss the outcomes of a study that assessed their students’ sensitivity to posting clinical information on social media sites.

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Author Affiliations: Instructional Academic Staff (Ms Englund), Professor and Graduate Program Director (Dr Chappy), and Professor and Director of Research and Evaluation (Dr Jambunathan), College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; Staff Nurse, US Navy (Mr Gohdes).

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Englund, College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901 (

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