Dan Hinmon, MCSMN Director

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5 Things Medical Professionals Should Consider Before Using Facebook

Posted by @DanHinmon, Dec 2, 2015

Thanks to @cbushrn for tweeting this article. Basic info for most of us, but consider using some of these ideas for training new physicians or sharing with your medical staff.


@DanHinmon thanks for the shout out! The part that really resonated with me was the section in which the author describes FB privacy controls and how HCPs can effectively use them. Privacy fears are a key barrier voiced by oncology nurses and nursing orgs I coach r/t advancing clinical practice via social media. I thought that description would resonate well with them as they are testing the waters. (ie most oncology nurses perfectly fit the FB demographic and use it for friends/family…but have not connected the dots in how they might use FB to curate EBP & empower patients)

Very interesting, @cbushrn How would you describe the interest oncology nurses have in social media? Are learning and implementing top priorities, or are they reluctant to get involved? Should we be reaching out to encourage more nurses to join our community?

I began my ‘education’ in social media in the 2008/09 time frame & witnessed reluctance and fear from colleagues at first. Within the last 2 years, I have witnessed a dramatic increase in interest to learn about tools, where to start and how to implement strategies to enhance their clinical practice or advance their professional brand. BTW, this ‘tipping point’ is what prompted me to begin my personal blog, in addition to guest blogging for oncology nursing publications.

I would love to see MCSMN outreach to the nursing community. I think partnering with nursing organizations might be a fun first step.

Thanks for the idea, @cbushrn. And nice job picking up on our new name – Mayo Clinic Social Media Network (MCSMN). How do you like it?

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