Nurses' Use of Social Media
Project Title: Nurses' Use of Social Media
PI: Sanghee Oh (Assistant Professor)
Co-PI: Ying Mai Kung (Faculty / Associate in Nursing)
In the Web 2.0 era, social media has become a mainstream for carrying out social activities and seeking and sharing information over the past few years. As a result of its growing popularity, people's online contributions in social media have proliferated. According to the Pew Internet & American Life report in 2008, 37% of adults (over 18) have a profile on social networking site (55% for teens aged 12-17), and 32% of them have "read someone else's blog". In particular, social media have contributed for people to managing their health conditions by allowing them to easily communicate with medical experts, for example, asking questions via emails or blogs, watching health educational videos, and receiving appointment reminders. Social media undoubtedly has significant potential in improving healthcare delivery and in improving patients' access to healthcare. There have been many studies about people's use of social media in many different ways to maintain and improve health of the public. However, little is known about how medical experts have used social media to reach their patients, to improve health care services, or for their personal use. Therefore, the current study focuses on nurses' use of social media. The purpose of this study is to explore the frequency and reasons nurses use various social media platforms. Nurses' perceptions regarding the usefulness of social media, their concern for privacy and level of trust when using social media to accomplish their purposes will also be explored. Information gained from this study will contribute to the body of knowledge related to healthcare personnel's utilization of social media to improve healthcare delivery and to improve patients' access to health information/healthcare.
This project is approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the Office of Research - Human Subjects Committee at the Florida State University.