Perspectives: managing professional boundaries and staying safe in digital space

Author: Anne Cooper and Alison Inglehearn
Commentator: Carol Read

Posted in: Tools & Methods
From: Issue 14

WHAT WE THINK

Would recommend this article as a must read for all professional health and social care staff before they use social media in their daily work. Anne Cooper and Alison Inglehearn delve deep into the challenges of maintaining professional boundaries and outline clear points and reflective questions on each area.

The approach works well as the reader can review their journey in digital spaces and consider the professional guidance provided. There are big questions to be asked as we use social media more in health and social care. How much of your personal life do you reveal to make your online personality authentic and balanced? Is there an opportunity to engage with a wider audience through social media, but a personal cost by being genuine and collaborative?

The article addresses many valid points on professional boundaries and digital working. Social media is developing at a rapid pace and that brings the need for greater awareness of both the openness and responsibilities this layer of working requires. My personal experience of social media platforms such as twitter has enabled me to connect with a diverse range of people and enhance my professional work. The small percentage of interactions that reflect the downside of twitter are personally upsetting, but do not outweigh the essence of genuine collaboration and co-creation that I experience each day.

Anne and Alison’s article covers a way to keep safe on social media as a professional and I look forward to further articles on a similar theme. Additional information that supports this topic can be found at the #wenurses site.

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Carol joined the Horizons Team in December 2014 as an NHS England Fellow and curator of The EdgeNHS...


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