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Sharing is Caring? How Social Media Impacts the Healthcare Experience

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You can find just about every hospital, pharmaceutical company and healthcare worker connecting with the world in some way through the internet. We now have patients who know more about their conditions and are in a better position to advocate for themselves. However, there are downsides, too.

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With one-quarter of the world's population using Facebook every month, there's not much in our lives that goes 'unshared'. So, is it any wonder that social media has impacted the medical world, too? You can find just about every hospital, pharmaceutical company and healthcare worker connecting with the world in some way through the internet. Of course, there are upsides to the dissemination of so much health information to the general public. For one thing, we now have patients who know more about their conditions and are in a better position to advocate for themselves than ever before. However, there are downsides, too.

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Lynda Lampert
Lynda is a registered nurse with three years experience on a busy surgical floor in a city hospital. She graduated with an Associates degree in Nursing from Mercyhurst College Northeast in 2007 and lives in Erie, Pennsylvania in the United States. In her work, she took care of patients post operatively from open heart surgery, immediately post-operatively from gastric bypass, gastric banding surgery and post abdominal surgery. She also dealt with patient populations that experienced active chest pain, congestive heart failure, end stage renal disease, uncontrolled diabetes and a variety of other chronic, mental and surgical conditions.
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This was informative & easy to understand. It is very relevant to nursing practice today.
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Sue Stokes
10 Mar 2020
This was just a reinforcement of my prior knowledge of social media and it's potential negativ impact on the health industry
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