Here are some simple guidelines that members of NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association and members of the public should follow when using the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association Facebook page, Ratios Put Patient Safety First Facebook page, Aged Care Nurses Facebook page, NSWNMA branch Facebook pages and when posting commentary on SupportNurses on YouTube, the Nurse Uncut blog site and Nurse Uncut Facebook page or when replying to tweets from @nswnma or @nurseuncut.
Read the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s policy on use of social media and online networking.
See a list of all NSWNMA branch Facebook pages.
While all the social media channels are provided as a communication service to members and the public to comment on issues and campaigns that the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association is involved in, inappropriate or offensive comments will be removed.
Negative or derogatory comments about your employers, managers, clients, patients or work colleagues will also be removed.
To support campaigns that NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association is currently engaged in, comments should be made in general terms about wages and workloads or other industrial issues.
Nurses and midwives have professional obligations under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (the National Law) and as defined and described in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Professional Practice Framework. They should understand their obligations and responsibilities when using social media. These obligations and responsibilities are described in the Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses in Australia and Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives in Australia which are part of the NMBA Professional Practice Framework.
Nurses and midwives are also subject to many other Commonwealth and state or territory laws. The Privacy Act 1988 is particularly relevant in relation to social media.
Nurses and midwives should comply with any guidelines and with the polices of their workplace relating to privacy and social media.
Don’t discuss individual clients or patients or any legal issues you personally are/were involved in. Don’t identify a client or patient in any way, including by photograph or video, without their express written permission.
Don’t post photographs or videos of yourself engaging in illegal, offensive, compromising or inappropriate behaviour or activity.
Be aware that anything you say or do on our site when absent on sick leave may be used to cast doubt on your right to be on sick leave.
Don’t use a work computer to access our site if it puts you in conflict with your employer’s computer access for personal use policy.
Ensure your own social media account privacy settings do not allow open public access, but be aware of the limitations of so-called private settings on electronic devices and within the social media sites you use.
Don’t update your status about anything work-related.
Please don’t use swear words or obscenities in your social media monikers or in your comments, regardless of whether you are supporting the NSWNMA position on an issue.
The Facebook pages and other social media channels were created to keep members of NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association and the public abreast of news, issues and campaigns that the Association is currently involved in.
Comments will be reviewed and may be removed if they are deemed inappropriate or offensive.
The comments posted on the sites are not necessarily the opinions or views of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association.
Read the guidelines for using Nurse Uncut blog.