It's clear that health organizations and professionals are increasingly turning to social media as a way to engage with their patients and improve their care. According to a study by Ed Bennett of the University of Maryland Medical Center, an estimated 1,200 hospitals are now using social networking tools, including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and blogs. Physicians like Kevin Pho, MD and Bryan Vartabedian, MD continue to discuss the challenges and opportunities of healthcare providers communicating with their patients on the internet. But it's not just hospitals and physicians. Registered nurses are diving in and utilizing social media as a way to improve patient care and communication as well-the RNchat started by Phil Baumann being only one example. We want to highlight 10 top contributors and conversations unfolding in the RN community daily:
SafetyNurse - This is the home of Barbara Olsen, seasoned educator nurse, project manager, and advocate for patient safety. Barbara reminds us of the power that all stakeholders have to improve the safety conditions in healthcare organizations.
NursingCenter- Lisa Morris Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP and editor of nursingcenter.com, hosts this Twitter feed, which provides resources and helpful information for nurses looking to improve their skills and stay abreast of industry developments. NursingCenter.com is the online version of a leading nursing publication by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Rdjfraser - Robert Franser is a graduate student, nurse, and author of The Nurse's Social Media Advantage. Robert is passionate about integrating technology and social media in healthcare to improve collaboration and communication within the system.
BarbaraPhillips- Barbara Phillips is a Nurse Practitioner and practice owner in the Pacific Northwest. She discusses topics including heathcare security, physician shortages and social media. She is also the founder of the blog Nurse Practitioners in Business which offers advice and best practices to nurse practitioners working to open their own practice.
MatthewBrowning - Matthew Browning is a very popular nurse on Twitter- with nearly 4,500 followers - who engages in conversations with empowered patients and healthcare reform advocates. Matthew is also the founder of yournurseison.com, a service that enables nurses, physicians, agencies and healthcare providers to have unprecedented access to each other immediately.
RNconsult - Patricia A. Jackson has been in nursing for 29 years-and is passionate about "anything health related." She frequently generates newsletters with physician and care-taker related content for her followers.
NurseTogether- We love Nurse Together, a Web site that honors the non-glamorous hard work and dedication of all of these individuals at the front lines of our care system through inspirational blog posts and access to a vibrant community.
nursingpins- Vernon Dutton is a nurse in the critical care unit. She tweets about hospital related nursing issues such as how to cope with nursing shortages and iPad apps for the clinical setting.
JennyBizRN- A self-proclaimed "Business Minded RN," Jennifer Ann Grisso tweets important information about disease control, mobile health and healthIT. She has worked mainly in critical care settings.
Those are only a few of many RN thought leaders with an evolving presence on social media. Who did we miss? Share with your favorites with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Subscribe to our blog to keep on top of all the latest healthIT developments.
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