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Social Media for Nurses

SKU# 9780826195883

Educating Practitioners and Patients in a Networked World

Author: Ramona Nelson PhD, BC-RN, FAAN, ANEF, Debra Wolf PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, Irene Joos PhD, RN


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"[T]he authors recognize the role the nurse has in empowering patients to take charge of their health by using social media responsibly... the information presented in this book can be useful to nurses in a variety of settings and with different levels of understanding regarding social media. The authors masterfully present information on Web 2.0 and Health 2.0 applications for nurses at the point of care, educators, advanced practice practitioners, administrators, and nursing students." -- Michelle E. Block, RN, PhD, Nursing Science Quarterly

This book clearly and comprehensively presents the knowledge and skills nurses and health professionals need in order to effectively use the Internet and interactive social media to educate health consumers. By understanding and using Web 2.0 and Health 2.0 applications and technology, nurses will have access to a critical tool for improving the health of individuals, families, and communities, as well as enhancing their own professional development. The different types of health care information sites available on the Internet are addressed along with criteria for evaluating them. The text provides a framework for understanding the devices that support social media and depicts the many scenarios in which social media can be used to promote health. Also included are examples of research studies related to health care informatics.

Each chapter begins with clear and concise learning objectives and explanations of related terms. A theoretical foundation for understanding the concepts in the chapter is included, along with web-based resources that support additional in-depth learning. Discussion questions and exercises stimulate the development of critical thinking skills and promote point-of-care applications. Advances in technology and point-of-care use expected to come in the near future are woven throughout. The text will be of value for all nurse education and practice settings.

Key Features:

  • Provides easily understood information on interactive social media applications and their implications for nursing and health delivery
  • Illustrates how to use social networking tools and sites effectively
  • Describes the types of health care information websites available and how to evaluate them
  • Addresses the many devices that support social media and when to use them
  • Includes a database of tools and resources to assist educators, students, administrators, and practitioners in their use of the Internet and social media

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 12, 2012
  • Page Count 284
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826195883
  • EISBN 9780826195890

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Table of Contents 


1. An Introduction: Social Media and the Transitioning Roles and Relationships in Health care
Ramona Nelson and Irene Joos

2. Software Applications Supporting Social Media
Irene Joos

3. Selecting Devices and Related Hardware to Support Social Media
Debra M. Wolf

4. Applications and Tools Promoting Health 2.0 via Social Media
Debra M. Wolf

5. Consumer-Centered Virtual Health Communities
Irene Joos

6. Personal Health Records (PHRs)
Debra M. Wolf

7. Telehealth
Debra M. Wolf

8. Business Models and Health-Related Social Media
Ramona Nelson

9. Professional Guidelines, Policies, Regulations, and Laws Impacting Health-Related Social Media Communication
Ramona Nelson

10. Social Media and Health Care—Tomorrow and Beyond
Irene Joos and Ramona Nelson

Appendix Glossary Index

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