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Unprofessional Content Posted Online Among Nursing Students

Marnocha, Suzanne PhD, RN, CCRN; Marnocha, Mark R. PhD, MS; Pilliow, Tiffany BSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000123
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This study investigated the posting of unprofessional content online among nursing students. Surveys of 293 schools of nursing revealed that 77% had encountered at least 1 incident of students posting such content. Respondents reported greatest concerns about content pertaining to educational and professional affiliations and to patient confidentiality. Most schools are developing responses to online unprofessionalism. Nursing education must stay current with social networking technologies and students’ educational needs.

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Author Affiliations: Assistant Dean and Prelicensure Program Director (Dr S. Marnocha), University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor (Dr M. R. Marnocha), University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency Program, Appleton; Staff Nurse-Resident (Ms Pilliow), Zablocki Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr S. Marnocha, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901 (

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Accepted for publication: November 1, 2014

Published ahead of print: December 10, 2014

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