Managing your digital footprint: creating an effective online presence (approx. 10 mins)
This short presentation provides information and useful advice on managing your digital footprint and how to create an effective online presence. It includes information on taking control of your online presence, some common misunderstandings, how to manage your digital footprint, and much more.
Digital Footprint and e-professionalism (approx. 9 mins)
This short presentation provides information and useful advice on managing your digital footprint and e-professionalism. It includes information on professional bodies’ guidelines, what you need to consider online, and useful advice about being professional online.
At a workshop with students from Nursing Studies, we discussed e-professionalism, including the professional bodies’ guidelines and what e-professionalism meant to them. The following Wordle illustrates this.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) published social media guidance for vets and vet nurses.
“Forming a new chapter of supporting guidance to the College’s Code of Professional Conduct, it sets out the professional standards expected of veterinary professionals, as well as providing advice on good practice, how to protect privacy, maintaining client confidentiality and dealing with adverse comments from clients.”
“The new guidance outlines the responsibilities expected of vets and vet nurses to behave professionally offline, online as themselves or online in a virtual capacity. Demonstrably inappropriate behaviour on social media may place registration at risk, as the professional standards expected online are no different to those in the ‘real world’.”
Key areas covered:
Protecting your privacy
Good practice when using social media
Maintaining client confidentiality
Further information and link to the guidances can be found on the RCVS website
e-Professionalism is the way you engage yourself online in relation to your profession, including your attitudes, actions and your adherence to relevant professional codes of conduct.
Many students are considered para-professionals, such as those studying nursing, medicine, vet medicine, law, teaching and other disciplines. Professional bodies’ have social media and e-professional guidelines which students need to comply with.
There are various professional bodies which have social media/digital footprint/online etiquette guidelines. Depending on your discipline, students may need to comply with these guidelines while at university. Following the guidelines now will ensure you are best placed for when you leave university. Some of the guidelines you may need to consider are below (but there are likely to be others)
The Nursing & Midwifery Council provides social networking guidance. The guide provides information on how to use social media responsibly and how the Code can be applied to social media use.
“Nurses and midwives may put their registration at risk, and students may jeopardise their ability to join our register, if they act in any way that is unprofessional or unlawful on social media including ”
“This guidance, which underpins the Code, covers the need to use social media and social networking sites responsibly.
It is not intended to cover every social media situation that a nurse or midwife may face, however it sets out broad principles to enable them to think through issues and act professionally, ensuring public protection at all times.”
If you are studying for a career in health, medicine or social care professions e.g. as a doctor, nurse, or surgeon, etc. – please check if there are guidelines on using social media in your profession.
Some common misunderstandings include:
what you and others say online – stays online – even in personal spaces!
if content is deleted it cannot be recovered (it does live on a server somewhere, or has already been shared/retweeted/posted)
even if you think you are not naming an individual e.g. a patient/client, if there is any identifiable information – this is still a breach of confidentiality
New! Code of conduct – Nursing and Midwifery Council (31 March 2015)