In the overshare business

Secondary title: Everyone has a blog.

Everyone does indeed have a blog nowadays. I can scroll through Facebook and see who posted what on their topic of choice. Blogging is an excellent outlet and, as a nurse, an important place to decompress. Within reason.

Here is where I make myself a hypocrite! Maybe…

Sometimes I think it’s important to pull back a bit on the information I share online. Connectivity isn’t the same as transparency, for the record. We filter down to what we want others to see, which blocks them from knowing us. So we’re boiled down to pixels and posts that say what we want them to and never what we need. That usually only comes from personal conversation and that’s hard to achieve with a post.

We are a generation of over-sharers though. We take photos of our food, we check in, we Instagram, we tweet. We document every iota of our lives and share it so it’s immortalized online for generations. It’s what we’ve become and it’s not a bad thing, though from the outside looking in it can appear as though we need validation. Why else do you post in a public forum unless it’s to be recognized or reaffirmed in someway?

Before you hang me on the validation point, please note I am that person. It takes a conscious effort to not post and update a lot.

It’s usually not a big deal aside from your friends calling you out on how much you post, but if you’re a nurse…

What is okay to share on social media? The nursing school answer is nothing. The regular answer is as little as possible.

Social media over share is tricky when you’re a nurse. Something cool, scary, weird happened and you gotta share it with everyone. Hold up! Is that a good idea? You never know who’s viewing your page and typing the wrong thing can lead to a termination of your position or at least a serious talking to. You know don’t know what minute piece of information will land you in hot water. Raise your hand if you’ve been talked to about HIPPA at work because of something trivial you’ve posted?

It’s hard not to post about specific situations. As a rule, I try keeping it as general as possible to outline a point. No names, no specific details, and no dates. I follow the same rule I follow on Facebook when I read political posts that burn me up. Write out my response, be as passionate as I want (including specifying how stupid they are), read the post that irritates me again, reread my response, and then delete it. Hitting reply may introduce a slew of problems into your life that you don’t have time or money for.

I think you should be able to have a safe place to share, but not at the expense of revealing patient information and potentially losing your job. Share non specific details with another nurse friend, journal or post privately. Be smart for your license'(s) sake.

To trying to keep our noses clean and our media posts general

travel on, road warrior


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