About One DNP

I earned my "terminal practice" degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in a journey of excitement and challenge. It inspired me to advocate for an all encompassing clinical credential rather than continuing the hodgepodge of nonsensical initials. I hope these entries will provide entertainment and insight into the Doctor of Nursing Practice experience, which will soon be the entry standard for all advanced practice nurses.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The New & Improved ANA Social Networking Principles!

While I am not narcissistic enough to believe my contributions during the "open to public comment" period had anything to do with the excellent edits, I like to think the synergy of many like-minded nurses worked to improve the specificity and decrease the Ratched. The ANA was also nice enough to provide a Tweet and Learn #anachat for 0.5 CEU credits. Now we own it!

  • Networking and nurturing relationships 
  • Exchange of knowledge and forum for collegial interchange 
  • Dissemination and discussion of nursing and health related education, research, best practices 
  • Educating the public on nursing and health related matters 
  • Information can take on a life of its own where inaccuracies become “fact” 
  • Patient privacy can be breached 
  • The public’s trust of nurses can be compromised 
  • Individual nursing careers can be undermined
 ANA’s Principles for Social Networking 
  • Nurses must not transmit or place online individually identifiable patient information.
  • Nurses must observe ethically prescribed professional patient — nurse boundaries.
  • Nurses should understand that patients, colleagues, institutions, and employers may view postings.
  • Nurses should take advantage of privacy settings and seek to separate personal and professional information online.
  • Nurses should bring content that could harm a patient’s privacy, rights, or welfare to the attention of appropriate authorities.
  • Nurses should participate in developing institutional policies governing online conduct.
6 Tips to Avoid Problems
  • Remember that standards of professionalism are the same online as in any other circumstance.
  • Do not share or post information or photos gained through the nurse-patient relationship.
  • Maintain professional boundaries in the use of electronic media. Online contact with patients blurs this boundary. 
  • Do not make disparaging remarks about patients, employers or co-workers, even if they are not identified.
  • Do not take photos or videos of patients on personal devices, including cell phones.
  • Promptly report a breach of confidentiality or privacy.

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