To Twitter to Woo: Harnessing the power of social media (SoMe) in nurse education to enhance the student’s experience – An Article Summary

office-605503_1280I am working with some of my nursing students (and learners in general) on using Twitter as extra credit to promote professional development and presence, and suggested this article as a wonderful study for how to use Twitter within nursing education. Thus, today’s #5Papers:

1/ I read Sinclair, McLoughlin, & Warne (2015) To Twitter to Woo: Harnessing the power of social media (SoMe) in nurse education… #NURS761 #NURS840

2/ … to enhance the student’s experience http://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2015.06.002

3/ This article explored elements of social media (SoMe) with nursing students as part of the learning experience

4/ Barriers and benefits of using Twitter as a focused area of nursing education were considered

5/ Social media (SoMe) can be used to promote professional communities of practice and link formal with informal learning

6/ Social media can help promote skills of professional communication, analysing and using research evidence, and applying ethical principles

7/ The Twitter chat #NurChat was used to collect data and explore themes of what were identified

8/ Recommendations included promoting social media as a bridge to gaps between tacit and explicit knowledge related to scholarly knowledge building communities of practice

9/ I really hope my #NURS761 and #NURS840 learners read this article and consider how the evidence and findings relate to their own experiences


Interested in learning more about this approach to #5Papers and the related article summaries? See here.

3 thoughts on “To Twitter to Woo: Harnessing the power of social media (SoMe) in nurse education to enhance the student’s experience – An Article Summary

  1. One clarification I received after posting this was that the chat that was used during the data collection was via #WeNurses and not #NurChat. I misunderstood this from the article itself, and good to know that people (like the authors!!) read my Tweets on this.Thanks for the clarification, and sorry for any confusion on my end.

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