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Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Confidentiality, Accountability, and E-Professionalism in Relation to Facebook

Barnable, Alexia, MN, RN; Cunning, Glenda, MN, RN; Parcon, Mariel, MSc

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000441
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This study examined nursing students’ perceptions of confidentiality, accountability, and e-professionalism in relation to Facebook. All of the students were aware that posting patients’ names and pictures of patients constituted a confidentiality breach. When comparing students based on educational status, there were differing opinions on whether employers should use Facebook profile information for hiring decisions. Nursing programs should provide current education, including clear and up-to-date policies, about social media use.

Author Affiliations: Nurse Educators (Mss Barnable and Cunning), Western Regional School of Nursing, Memorial University of Newfoundland; and Regional Manager Research and Evaluation (Ms Parcon), Western Health, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Barnable, Western Regional School of Nursing, 1 Brookfield Ave, Corner Brook, NL, Canada A2H 6J7 (

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Accepted for publication: July 15, 2017

Published ahead of print: August 28, 2017

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