Nurses warned over Facebook and Twitter use

Nurses should not post damaging remarks about their employer, clients or other employees, according to RCN internet guidelines.

It warns that this kind of use of internet sites could breach an employer's internet policy, harassment policy or harm the employer's reputation and lead to a breach of employment contract.

Social network sites in particular raise concerns about privacy, according to the guidance. With links to other people's pages commonplace, nurses should be very careful about the information they post online, it says.

Dr Peter Carter, RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: ‘Of course the internet is fun for sharing thoughts but nurses should be aware that they must not discredit their employer or fellow employees on a social network site.'

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