By Popular Demand: Nursing Guidelines for Using Social Media
Recorded on October 25, 2011 (60 minutes)

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A few months ago, hundreds of nurses from across the U.S. participated in our wildly popular webinar on social media.  The program explored issues surrounding the use of social media in healthcare settings, digital ethics and patient confidentiality.  Now, the American Nurses Association has produced the seminal ANA’s Principles for Social Networking for the Nurse to provide real-world guidance to registered nurses in using social networking media in a manner that protects patients’ privacy and confidentiality and maintains the standards of professional nursing practice.

Please join us for our next, essential webinar as this new practical guidance is shared.  Emphasis will be on how to make the most of the benefits of social networking and how to avoid the risks. Our expert speakers, Jennifer Mensik, PhD, MBA, RN, ANA Board Director-at-Large, and Administrator of Nursing and Patient Care Services at St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian Medical Centers in Idaho, and Nancy Spector, PhD, RN, Director of Regulatory Innovations at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, will discuss critical information about social networking that every nurse should know.  The webinar will present real-life scenarios that will help nurses consider how to manage social media responsibly.

Learning Objectives:

The objective of this webinar is to learn to manage social media responsibly.

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Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE is Director-at-Large on the ANA Board of Directors.  She is the Administrator of Nursing and Patient Care Services at St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian Medical Centers, three-time ANCC Magnet designees, in Idaho.  She is an executive leader in the advancement of nursing practice across the care continuum: inpatient, clinics, home care and hospice. Dr. Mensik received her doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Arizona’s College of Nursing, a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix, and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Washington State University. She was awarded the 2011 Alumnus of the Year by the University of Arizona College of Nursing.  Dr. Mensik has published on the use of a nursing framework to promote professional nursing practice.  

Nancy Spector, PhD, RN is Director of Regulatory Innovations at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, where she spearheaded the development and research of NCSBN’s transition to practice model.  Dr. Spector has twenty years of experience in nursing education at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has worked on projects related to faculty qualifications, innovations in nursing education, evidence-based nursing education, clinical experience requirements in pre-licensure programs, sexual misconduct, boundary issues in nursing, and appropriate use of social networking.  She is the coordinator of Leader to Leader, a biannual publication for nurse educators, and is editor of the Innovations section in the Journal of Nursing Regulation.  She has published and presented nationally and internationally on nursing regulation and education issues.
1.0 contact hour will be awarded to nurses who successfully complete this activity. Where multiple nurses view the webinar at a single site, all are eligible to receive contact hours for this activity, upon completion of the online evaluation and verification of their attendance at the webinar.

Webinar attendees will receive a link to an online evaluation. The link will be provided at the end of the webinar and also by e-mail to the person that registered, who can distribute that link to everyone in the room. Each attendee should complete the evaluation separately and confirm that they attended the webinar and earned the contact hours. Once they have completed the online evaluation, they will be able to print out their CE certificate.

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ANCC Provider Number 0023.

ANA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP6178.

The content of the webinar will review ANA’s principles for social networking; review regulatory implications from misuse of social media; and provide scenarios to demonstrate responsible use of social media.