Professionalism and social networking: can patients, physicians, nurses, and supervisors all be `friends'?
This study examines the use of Facebook by certified nurse anesthetist students. Ourresults showed that, contrary to expectations, most were neutral about faculty, physicians, andsupervisors viewing their Facebook profiles but expressed concerns about patients seeing suchinformation. Many (30%) of our respondents had observed unprofessional content posted on thesocial network sites of their classmates including: intoxication or substance abuse, profanity,sexually suggestive photos or comments, and negative work-related comments. A vast majorityindicated they would accept a `friendÃÂ¿ request from their supervisor and a physician but not apatient. Surprisingly, about 40% had initiated a `friendÃÂ¿ request to their supervisor and/orphysician they work with. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.
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