How to set up and use a Twitter account professionally

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2019.

All modules are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Duration: 01:00:00 Type: How to modules Level: Qualified Nurses, Students

Authors

Meriel Chudleigh, Lecturer in adult nursing, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, England.
Ray Jones, Professor of health informatics, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, England.


Short description

Read this module and update your knowledge and skills on how to set up and use a Twitter account professionally.


Detailed description

This article encourages nurses to use Twitter to engage in professional discussions, share information and raise awareness of alternative views to enhance practice and patient care. Twitter is an online social media service that enables users to send and read 140-character messages called tweets.

  • Twitter is free and accessible across multiple platforms and devices, providing immediate contact with professionals, organisations and the public worldwide.
  • Many healthcare professionals use Twitter to share ideas and information.
  • Responsible use of Twitter creates opportunities to access information, discuss issues and challenge misconceptions to support professional nursing behaviours.

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