Top Twitter Feeds for Nursing Educators
Have you been seeking connections with fellow nursing educators? Are you always on the lookout for updated healthcare trends to share with your students? Perhaps you’d like to find out more about what industry leaders think about changes in delivery and policy. Start your search with Twitter, the micro-messaging site millions of users depend on to send short messages and status updates to professional contacts, friends and colleagues around the world.
Twitter Can Help Nurse Educators Make Connections
Twitter connects users who share a common interest or profession. Using Twitter is an easy way to keep up with current events, news, facts and opinions on healthcare. Twitter can also help you build a community, make connections and facilitate conversations with nursing educators all over the world. You may be surprised at how well you can get to know someone through 140-character messages!
Below, we’ll cover some basic Twitter usage tips and then provide you with some of the most popular Twitter feeds for you and your colleagues to follow.
Quick Twitter Tips
- Basic guides to using Twitter are everywhere on the web. Seek them out to bring you quickly up to speed. Without a guide, most people would have trouble deciphering the sometimes-confusing Twitter lexicon, sprinkled with “DM,” “RT,” “hashtag” and “@reply.” A guide can also teach you how to build your own community, share websites by shrinking them (create tiny URLs so they don’t take up most of your 140 characters), and etiquette rules for using Twitter. One guide that you might want to check out is available here.
- Following: When you follow someone on Twitter, it means that you elect to see their 140 character posts – or “tweets” – in your timeline. And those who follow you have elected to see your tweets. The people you follow, plus your followers, are your community.
- Build your community quickly. The best way to decide whom to follow is to simply follow those who you feel are interested in your interests. You can always un-follow someone if they prove not to be serious or they do not offer quality to your community. Building and maintaining a community helps you get the most out of Twitter.
- Stats: Clicking on a user’s name (or Twitter handle) takes you to their list of followers and the people they follow. This is a great place to find interesting and relevant people to follow in your own community.
- Twitter chats are an easy way to get to know and learn from groups of nursing educators or healthcare professionals. Chats are organized conversations between three or more people on Twitter – and they can grow to hundreds. Twitter chats are similar to those on blogs or common-interest websites, and generally occur on a regular schedule.
Top 25 Twitter Feeds For Nursing Educators
A resource for nurses seeking to create healthier work environments.
Nurse Educator provides practical and applied information on both the theories and practice of nursing education.
A shared Twitter feed from a nursing school faculty, NP and current student, spreading the important word about how nursing can change healthcare.
Professional and social networking site for nurses.
MSN, RN, CRNP. Clinical editor for Lippincott’s NursingCenter.com, a destination site for clinical and professional information.
Where nurses call the shots.
Josh Allen is an EdCamp Omaha organizer and Glogster Ambassador who says, “If technology is an event in your school, you’re doing it wrong.” Tweets about using technology in education.
RN who loves technology, entrepreneurship and leadership studies.
“Serve patients across the lifespan. Heal communities around the world. Make life-changing discoveries. Think beyond the possible.”
Another technology feed from this Edu-Blogger and Director of Technology for Huron City Schools.
Nurse educator job, careers and community site.
Healthcare education and learning tools for nurses and other health professionals. Thousands of nurses use AusmedOnline, with 25,000+ resources.
Womenshealth.gov is part of the U.S. Health and Human Services office on women’s health.
The American Public Health Association works to protect Americans from public health threats.
Offering a social destination where student nurses and nurse educators can learn, connect, share and laugh.
A professional network of nurses. Groups created by nursing schools, associations and employers. “We knock down communication barriers.”
Global resource for multidisciplinary publications for nursing students, educators, practitioners and researchers in all areas.
This professional networker is also part of the clinical talent optimization team for CIGNA healthcare.
RN, director of nursing in mental health. Uses social media to increase learning.
Staff development instructor. Coordinates hospital web-based education for nurses. Enjoys finding and using new apps.
Helping nurses, nursing students and nurse educators reach their goals.
Nursing Economics advances nursing leaders by providing information on best practices in healthcare management, economics and policymaking.
An organization dedicated to bringing together nurses who engage in web-based applications and technology.
Networking for nurses. Offering support, resources and opportunities for nurses to excel.
A daily dose of nurse empowerment, encouragement, enjoyment.
Sign Up For Twitter and Expand Your Nursing Educator Community
Social networking has transformed the way people interact, find information and even make decisions. Twitter is one more way to easily access information you can use to augment your teaching – you may never have found on your own.
Take the time to sign up and follow the Twitter feeds we listed above and you’ll quickly see the amazing benefits that Twitter can provide to nursing educators. Expand your horizons and nursing community through Twitter!