NMC Guidance on using social media responsibly. 2015

If used responsibly and appropriately, social networking sites can offer several benefits for healthcare professional:

• building and maintaining professional relationships

• establishing or accessing nursing and midwifery support networks and being able to discuss specific issues, interests, research and clinical experiences with other healthcare professionals globally

• being able to access resources for continuing professional development (CPD)

The NMC says nurses, midwives and student nurses might put their registration in jeopardy if they:

  • Share confidential information online
  • Post inappropriate comments about colleagues or patients
  • Use social networking sites to bully or intimidate colleagues
  • Pursue personal relationships with patients or service users
  • Distribute sexually explicit material
  • Use social networking sites in any way that is unlawful 
Source: NMC, 2012

Please see the NMC website for their full Guidance document.


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