14 Nursing Twitter Feeds to Follow

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Only 140 characters. That’s all you need these days to get your message across. Communication has become shorter and more concise as individuals look to relay their messages through social media channels. Twitter is a town hall of sorts; it allows people to share information, connect with those who have similar interests and learn new skills.

If you haven’t used Twitter, it may seem daunting at first, but, once a few key elements are understood, it is quite easy. Users are known by their Twitter handles. Wilkes University goes by @WilkesU.

When you follow an individual or organization on Twitter, you’ll be able to read whatever 140-character “tweets” are posted. Likewise, whoever follows you will see the stream of tweets you send out. Topics are sorted by hashtags (#). For example, search #nursing or #nurses, and you can review all the tweets related to nursing, some of which may provide new commentary or useful links.

Here are some Twitter feeds related to nursing:

@AmJnurs: American Journal of Nursing

The American Journal of Nursing publishes peer-reviewed, evidence-based articles on nursing issues, and many of the organization’s tweets focus on recent papers published in the journal or pertinent articles in other news sources.

@AmerNurse2day: Official journal of the American Nurses Association

American Nurse Today promotes the voices of nurses around the United States by featuring articles from the publication and cross-referencing posts from its Facebook page.

@AMA: American Medical Association

An organization dedicated to helping doctors and physicians solve pertinent public health issues for patients, the American Medical Association tweets important news articles related to the health industry and provides links to its own news releases.

@ANNAnurses: American Nephrology Nurses’ Association

The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association focuses on advancing knowledge on nephrology nursing practice and is proactive in terms of interacting with users and providing information for those who care for patients with kidney disease.

@aorn: Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

The Denver-based Association of periOperative Registered Nurses promotes articles related to patient safety in surgical settings, advertises Facebook polls and comments as well as money-related items like scholarships and other giveaways.

@CDCEmergency: National emergency information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Emergency provides information related to preparedness and response in regard to public health emergencies.

@NIHforHealth: National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health, based in Bethesda, Maryland, sends out tweets on recent podcasts, news and research synopsis on various health issues.

@NationalNurses: National Nurses United

Considered the nation’s largest registered nurses union, National Nurses United shares stories, pictures and videos of nurses.

@MayoClinic: Mayo Clinic

The nationally run Mayo Clinic promotes patient-related information on new education and research conducted in clinical practices. Many of the topics revolve around fitness, nutrition and other lifestyle topics.

@RedCross: American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has an official Twitter stream that relays blog posts, Facebook statuses and links related to disaster preparedness and community health in areas throughout the nation.

@WHO: World Health Organization

The World Health Organization, managed by the United Nations, uses this communication channel to publicize policies, links, data and media related to international health issues.

@NursingTimes: Nursing Times

Published in London, the Nursing Times covers job-related issues for nurses, including work challenges and employment opportunities.

@nursingideas: Nursing Ideas

For inspiration on how to provide better healthcare and nursing, look to the Nursing Ideas Twitter feed.

@FutureofNursing: Future of Nursing

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on The Future of Nursing supports the research agenda and recommendations from the Institute of Medicine report.

edited by Kevin Phang

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