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Website spotlight: Talk to nurses about Facebook before they talk about you

Nurse Leader Insider, January 17, 2011

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Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, January 11th, 2011

Yesterday, my mother joined Facebook. When she told me she wanted to sign up, I was perplexed. Who would she be friends with on Facebook, other than my brother and me? Turns out, a lot of her friends are on Facebook and she wants to stay in touch. Plus she wants to stay up-to-date with this exciting development of the modern world.

So my brother helped her set up an account and now she’s off and running. Last night, in her first status update, I learned she was excited to watch a new TV series premiering that night.

And with that harmless post, I realized that everyone I know is on Facebook. Short of my 92-year-old grandmother—who takes her TV remote control into a repair shop to get the batteries replaced, so I’m pretty sure Facebook isn’t on her radar—I can keep up with everyone I know, to a greater or lesser extent, via this one medium.

Facebook’s ubiquity makes people not think about it very much. It’s just part of life. But when your profession involves interacting in other people’s lives, the lines can be blurred.

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