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Facebook as a reflective tool (2)


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Facebook as a reflective tool (2)

  1. 1. Linda Wylie Lecturer Stephanie Mair Student Midwife
  2. 2. What is social media? “use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue” Wikipedia:
  3. 3. Facebook v other packages
  4. 4. NMC guidance The Code – ‘must uphold the reputation of the profession at all times’. Conduct on line and conduct in the real world should be judged in the same way.
  5. 5. Supporting students via social media
  6. 6. Survey Monkey 94 responses  100% use Facebook  25% for personal and professional use  76% useful resource for communicating with colleagues  39% useful to reflect on practice  67% useful for midwifery education
  7. 7. Responses  ‘’…there is a 'fear' about what we can and cannot say on the sites. However my classmates and I have a private page, whereby only personally invited people can view our chats. Very useful in my opinion.”  “As long as confidentiality is always borne in mind, social networking sites can be easily accessible, instantaneous sources of education, support and reflection.”  “I think the use of social network sites should be considered carefully in any professional capacity as it is so easy to put something that may cause conflict, offend or possibly even break confidentiality”
  8. 8. Benefits  Harnessing interaction and educational opportunities  Increase support when on placement  Reduce attrition  Networking with fellow professionals
  9. 9. Risks  Reported breaches of confidentiality  Students are the least experienced professionally.  Lack of understanding about privacy settings (Jones 2012)  Lecturers time
  10. 10. Missed opportunity!! What does it mean to uphold the reputation of the profession at all times? If confidentiality issues are upheld, interaction via social media, or real life, can lead to invaluable educational opportunities. Increasing use of social media for professional discussion. Need to embrace social media – not hide from it.
  11. 11. Reference  Jones C 2012 Social networking in the health professions. Essentially MIDIRS (3)7; 32-36