5 Facebook Groups for Nurses
Social media networking can have many positive benefits for nurses. From job leads to emotional support after a hard day at work, there is power in community. As a nurse, if you have questions about social media use see what the NCSBN advises. While keeping HIPAA in mind, nurses can join the following 5 Facebook groups for professional networking with nurses from all over the world:
With over two thousand members, this forum is run by nurse Andrew Lopez. While many members are nurse entrepreneurs, it is open to all nurses and healthcare professionals. The posts and threads are sometimes about general nursing topics of interest to most nurses, but they usually circle back around to topics related to nurse entrepreneurship. If you have questions about nurse entrepreneurship this is the place to network and find answers.
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2. The Nurse Health Project
With almost 500 members this group it is open to nurses who are “emotionally or physically suffering due to stress”. The group was founded by nurse Allie Wilson. (Allie is founder of the Happy Healthy Nurses Program and Editor of Wellbeing for Nursing Magazine.) One goal of her group is to connect with others to determine how nurses can have a healthier future. This is the group to join if you are ready to talk health and nurses.
3. The Travel Nurse Network- The Gyspy Nurse
Nurse Candy Treft runs a large travel network which compliments her website. For any travel nurse or wannabe this is the ultimate resource to learn the ins and outs of travel nursing. Over 10,000 members strong, this is one of the easiest ways to connect with other travel nurses.
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4. Nursing First
This group was started by nurse Sylette DeBois. The group supports ““Advocating for Patients Through Nurse Success”. With over 5,000 members, the focus of networking and to educate and empower nurses. The group welcomes all healthcare professionals.
Join: Link to join.
5. Exceptional Nurse
Exceptional Nurse’s group is maintained by Nurse Practitioner Donna Maheady who is dedicated to the inclusion of people with disabilities in the profession of nursing. She “hopes to facilitate inclusion of students with disabilities in nursing education programs and foster resilience and continued practice for nurses who are, or become, disabled”. The group focuses primarily on disability as it pertains to nursing. However, it includes some topics and links to general nursing topics.
When joining any Facebook group, it is important to read the rules and expectations of the group and then follow them. Some groups will have strict rules while others will be more accommodating by allowing blog links and promotional content. Most nurse groups encourage positivity and collaboration within the community, and have a “no negativity” policy. If you are part of an active nurse Facebook group that is not mentioned here, be sure to let me know which one by connecting with me on Twitter @Writer_EricaMac .