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Careless or inappropriate social media use by nurses can harm patients, derail careers, and besmirch the profession. In this episode, Georgia Reiner, risk specialist for the Nurses Service Organization in the healthcare division of Aon Affinity insurance services, explains what nurses and healthcare leaders can do to avoid social media pitfalls.
In recent years, there have been numerous cases of inappropriate social media use by nurses. Some cases have involved unprofessional and even racist comments about patients, and in other cases, nurses have posted pictures and information that result in HIPAA violations. Common sense may help many nurses avoid such issues, but for some social media users, there sometimes appears to be a false sense of privacy and a belief that work-related posts will be harmless, when the opposite may be the case. In this episode, Georgia Reiner, risk specialist for the Nurses Service Organization in the healthcare division of Aon Affinity insurance services, offers advice to nurses and risk managers seeking to avoid the problems that can arise from social media missteps.