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How to Use Twitter Hashtags to Advance Your Nursing Career

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How to Use Twitter Hashtags to Advance Your Nursing Career

Unread post by Queenet » Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:05 pm

When you’re thinking about social media platforms to use for your nursing career, LinkedIn is probably the first one that comes to mind. But if your social media use stops at LinkedIn and Facebook, you’re missing out. Twitter is actually a great resource for networking, continuing education and even job hunting.

The best way to sift through this vast expanse that is the “Twittersphere” is with hashtags. Hashtags are the little pound sign at the front of a word that identifies it as a message about a particular topic. And by the time you finish reading this article, you’ll be a pro at understanding how nurses are using them.

How can nurses use hashtags on Twitter?

People use hashtags for everything from categorization and as a search method to the punchline of a joke. When you are thinking about your nursing career, consider how you want the message to come across or what topic you are interested in, and find a hashtag that applies.

We’ve pulled together the most-used hashtags in several nursing categories so you will have them all in one place. Here are some suggestions for using the hashtags that are trending right now:

General nursing

Perhaps the most obvious and most widely used hashtags are for nurse and nursing. These are great to use to get the biggest audience for your message.
  • #nurse
Nursing specialties

Sometimes by narrowing your scope, you will actually have more people see your message because there is less competition for that topic. These are a few examples of how nurses are reaching people in their niche.
  • #LPN

Job hunting
If you are specifically looking for a new job, get social and get specific. Search using one of these hashtags, along with the hashtag for your specialization, and it could just help you get placed sooner.
  • #iamanurse
Trends in nursing
Nurses use trendy hashtags as a punchline or to emphasize their message. They will help you connect with other nurses who can relate to what you are going through.
  • #murse

Nursing education
There is no doubt that nursing school can be stressful for students and educators alike. Connecting with other nurses who are pounding the books for the NCLEX can make the process a little less lonely and may also prove useful in finding some tips for success.
  • #futurenurse

Nurse empowerment
It is inspiring to hear about the great work that others are doing in the field and it can empower you as a nurse to talk about your accomplishments as well. Use these hashtags to celebrate and elevate the field of nursing.
  • #artofnursing

Healthcare events & conferences
Current events and conferences can be a great opportunity to network in person as well as online. People will utilize hashtags during events to share thoughts on the topics. This can include events like industry conferences and even changes to legislation.
  • #ACA
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Without hashtags, Twitter can be a huge and confusing space to navigate. Hopefully this list has provided you with some ideas for making it easier to connect with your fellow nurses on Twitter. Your next networking or nursing career opportunity is waiting, so don’t delay!

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