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How Does Social Media Affect Your Healthcare Career?

January 20, 2022

Social media has grown so much in the past few years, and people are spending a lot more time on social media platforms posting about their daily lives, liking and commenting on other posts, and following other people. 

Social media has made a huge impact on our society and our daily life, which in return can have an impact on our careers in both a positive and negative way depending on the way we use social media.

In this article we will be talking about the positive and negative impacts social media can have on your healthcare career, and what you should be careful about when using social media platforms.

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Positive Impacts of Social Media

There are a lot of benefits of using social media as a healthcare worker, some that can positively affect your career by informing and educating people about health and medical issues that could help other people.

Here is a list of some positive impacts social media can have on a healthcare professional:

Educate the public

The more people are educated about their health and medical conditions, the better it will help them know how and what to do, which could save many lives.

Raise Awareness

It is much easier now with social media to raise awareness about current health concerns and health news. Healthcare workers can also raise awareness by spreading common sense health practices or addressing healthy living concerns.

Spread Information

Social media has been known to spread information quickly, knowing this can be a great help to spread information based on facts and are helpful and clear and to combat the misinformation that is spread all over social media about medical and health issues. 

Patient Care

Social media has made it possible for doctors and physicians to interact with their patients online, many platforms can be used to reach out to the doctors and physicians and communicate with them directly, there are also groups created by healthcare workers to support patients.

Job Offers

As a healthcare professional, if you are positively using social media and have a good presence on social media you can get great job offers related to your healthcare field, which is a positive impact on your healthcare career. 

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Negative Impacts of Social Media

As a healthcare worker, it is always important to keep things professional on your job and your social media platforms. You should always be careful about what you post and not misuse social media for spreading false or hateful speeches or violating the patient’s privacy and HIPAA.

For healthcare professionals, it is normal and natural to want to use social media for your personal life, and share your daily life experiences and moments on your platforms, but by doing that you may be putting your healthcare career at risk.

One misleading post or video that violates HIPAA rules can lead to serious issues on your future career as a healthcare worker, it can get you suspended or even lead to you losing your job and your future as a healthcare worker.

In conclusion, we hope that this article was informative and educational enough for you to have a better understanding of social media's impacts on your healthcare career. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or reach us directly.

If you are or know someone who is, a PSW, DSW, RN, RPN, or a healthcare worker in any way, you can sign up to Caring Support to start developing your career with the numerous employment opportunities we have available. Create your free account today.

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Fatma Turki
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