The whole point of Social Media has always been to connect and have meaningful dialogue with colleagues and like-minded folks. Although we can do that in short form via Twitter chats, the introvert in me can appreciate longform with online pals who I may never have the opportunity to meet in person.
A thinker needs to talk.
Beth Coll, on Pixel RN recently wrote a blog on why she stopped blogging, and why she’s considering starting up again. I’m glad she’s doing so. Her perspective is all her own. We need to hear it. We’ve got a vast number of nursing blogs to wander through, but the art of commenting on blogs seems to have been lost by the quickness of the streams. Sure, time is of the essence, lives are busy, but we have opportunities to connect visually through Skype or G+ to support one another as nurse bloggers. I wonder if it’s worth throwing out a suggestion for Online Nurses to e-meet once in while to dialogue about our experiences of blogging, share tech platforms, and encourage one another.
Another option is to set a certain time of the week dedicated to commenting on nursing blogs as a strategy to strengthen the network of nurse writers. There are so many of us, but we are our own islands, all over the nation (and the world). In the great sea of healthcare internet stuffs it would serve us well to build our collegiality as web nurses, especially so our distinctive specialities can complement one another. We could share resources. Plus, nurse bloggers tend to be of the more creative persuasion offering new insight into nursing practice compared to many professional organizations, and even some educational institutions.
So, those are my thoughts to champion the longform expressions in all of us that often get drowned out in the overall noise of Social Media. I never thought Social Media was meant to be a one-click information drive-through – at its best it is to educate the public and other disciplines what it is we do and why it’s so crucial that we be involved in every aspect of healthcare creativity, movement, and change through various sectors: tech, healthcare design, policy, leadership, consulting.
To do that, we need to do it loud.
We also need to think of student nurses and younger generations of nurses. No nurse left behind.
Reflect on the life of Florence Nightingale. What would she do with technology at her fingertips, access to smart, educated nurses brimming with ideas all over the world, and the appreciation of environment (the web environment) to enhance nursing and improve care?
In the meantime, keep blogging. Like improv, longform is always better.