Top 5 Online UK Nursing Resources

Top 5 Online UK Nursing Resources

Working in the UK nursing arena is certainly varied and interesting. As a registered nurse, you’ll be qualified to work in a wide range of healthcare environments, from local GPs and hospitals to private clinics and nursing homes. A UK Nursing qualification is also one that is recognised across the world.

For any nurse who wants to keep up with the latest developments, online resources have become increasingly important over the last couple of decades. Whether you want to keep your skills up to date or simply need to be informed of the latest developments, there are plenty of websites dedicated to UK nursing.

Here are 5 UK nursing sites that you might want to add to your bookmarks today:

  1. RCN

The Royal College of Nursing or RCN is actually the world’s biggest union and looks after the interests of all Nurses, Midwives, Students and Healthcare Assistants in the UK. That’s nearly half a million people. They provide support and help on everything from wage disputes to career development and their site has a lot of useful information for today’s busy healthcare professional.

  1. NMC

The Nursing and Midwifery Council or NMC is the regulatory body for Nurses and Midwives in the UK. They are charged with setting all the standards that apply in training as well as continuing professional development once qualified. They also maintain the register of who is allowed to practice as a nurse or midwife. When you first start as a student, you will be registered with the NMC and you will need to comply with their code of conduct. That will continue once you are qualified and throughout your UK nursing career.

  1. Skills for Health

Every registered nurse or other healthcare professional understands that keeping their skills up to date is important. This is often difficult to do when you’re so busy working all the time. Skills for Health is a non-profit organisation that works to develop the framework for e-learning in healthcare and is geared towards raising standards and improving health outcomes and quality. They also have a large number of case studies and reports as well as guidance documents on their website.

  1. Nursing Times

The Nursing Times is basically the gold standard magazine for the UK nursing sector. It was launched over a 100 years ago and provides the latest news and updates of what is happening in UK nursing and around the world. You’ll also find thousands of peer review articles concerning new and exciting innovations in nursing and healthcare. If you subscribe to the magazine, you also get access to some really useful learning material.

  1. Go Nurse – UK Nursing

As well as being a nursing agency that provide a wide range of employment opportunities, good rates of pay and plenty of value added extras including bonuses for long time service and free learning courses, Go Nurse also has an array of informative and helpful blogs on our website covering interesting, exciting and helpful nurse topics.

 

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Responsible Nurse Social Media Usage

Responsible Nurse Social Media Usage

Social media is probably the most powerful and widely used communication tool in the world today. We use it to contact friends, find out what’s happening in the news, watch videos and post quirky images of our pets. For nurses, sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are great for keeping up to date with the latest developments in the healthcare sector and for networking with other nurses or taking advantage of various support organisations. One of the problems with social media, however, is that a word or two out of place can quickly go viral. What might seem like an innocent post can, in actual fact, be something that contravenes the nursing code.

While we all need to engage with it responsibly, for any nurse, social media can be potentially dangerous. That’s why the Nursing and Midwifery Council have come up with guidance to help nurses navigate the pitfalls of posting online to their friends, family and other work colleagues.

 

What is the Code of Nurse Social Media Usage?

If you are thought to be acting in an unprofessional or even unlawful manner, it can affect your registration with the NMC. Where social media is involved, this can include:

  • The sharing of confidential information about a patient, either intentionally or through negligence
  • Posting comments about individuals, including patients, that is inappropriate
  • Posting images of patients or people receiving care without their permission
  • Pursuing inappropriate relationships with patients online

The NMC already has a code of conduct and the new guidance on social media falls in line with this. Paragraph 5 of the code, for example, clearly states: “As a nurse or midwife, you owe a duty of confidentiality to all those who are receiving care.” That, of course, includes what is transmitted over social media.

 

How Social Media Can Be Dangerous for Nurses

Sharing confidential information online may be problematic mainly because you can’t always be sure who is reading it. Let’s say that you wanted advice on how to deal with a particular patient – normally you would talk to another nurse or a doctor, all in confidence. If you ask that same question or have a discussion online, however, you are risking that information being seen by your entire following.

Communicating on social media goes beyond the simple confidentiality of the patient. Nurses, according to the code, should always practise in line with the best evidence. They should not be giving advice on medical matters on social media if it falls outside their competency, even if they are simply trying to help a friend.

Should a patient follow you on Facebook, for example, you may also be contravening the NMC code of conduct, even if it’s perfectly innocent. You have a duty to act professionally and building a relationship on social media can mean that this line becomes blurred.

Nurses have a responsibility to protect and respect the patients under their care but they also have a duty to guard their own professional reputation. The NMC suggests that all nurses should ensure they can competently use any social media platform and understand how it works. You should think carefully before you post anything and consider how it may affect your professional standing and whether it goes against the NMC code. Finally, you should also be careful about who you associate with on social media and realise this could be detrimental to your career.

While it is undoubtedly a very useful tool and a great way to communicate, make sure you are diligent and responsible when using social media. You can read the guidance from the NMC here.

 

Go Nurse is The Stress Free Nursing Agency for London nurses. Our nurses accept shifts, update availability, see upcoming shifts and find shift locations simply via our easy to use mobile phone app! Is it time you made a change? Register online today for nursing shifts across London.