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Record keeping and social media 

Record keeping and social media
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Record keeping and social media
Author(s):

Maria Flynn

, and Dave Mercer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198743477.003.0005
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date: 20 October 2019

A hallmark of good nursing practice is how it is recorded and communicated to colleagues and other members of the healthcare team. Local policy and procedures will dictate how this important duty is undertaken in specific settings, but key principles ensure that professional standards, ethical guidelines, and legal requirements are achieved. Systems of recording nursing decisions and actions have changed greatly over the years but, whatever the form, the individual nurse is responsible and accountable for this written communication. Accurate and efficient record keeping has benefit for the recipient of care, and for the nurse if their practice is ever called into question. Few, if any, aspects of contemporary social life have been untouched by the information technology (IT) revolution of recent decades. From ‘gaming’ and ‘dating’ to ‘politics’ and ‘protest’, many people now spend much of their time in a virtual reality, negotiating the super-highways of cyber-space. Attention is given to social media and professional practice where the advantages of mass communication for the nursing profession have to be considered alongside the costs of increasingly blurred boundaries between public and private space.

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