Social networking provides opportunities to keep in touch with friends and make new connections. However, as students entering the professions of nursing and midwifery, you have obligations to treat clients and colleagues respectfully and professionally to protect their privacy.

Inappropriate sharing of client information or posting damaging comments about your workplace, colleagues or clients may breach the law and/or your employer’s or the University’s policies on internet use.

What is social media?

Social media is the use of web-based and mobile technologies. It includes social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare); video and photo sharing sites (YouTube); blogging sites (Twitter), or any online discussions.

Social media guidelines

NMBA 2010, Information sheet on social media

Flinders University, Social media guidelines

What is netiquette?

‘Netiquette’ is etiquette for the internet – appropriate behaviour for communicating online. Make sure you observe everyday courtesies when you are posting to a discussion forum or emailing. These as well as other guidelines (above) also apply to using Twitter, Facebook or other social media.

  • Avoid discriminatory, defamatory or derogatory remarks.
  • Respect others’ points of view and be polite.
  • Be sensitive to cultural differences.
  • Don’t SHOUT (writing in capitals is like shouting).
  • Don’t ‘flame’ other students, lecturers or clinical staff (flaming is attacking another or being harsh or hostile).

Discussion forum etiquette (FLO)

School of Nursing & Midwifery, Discussion forum etiquette (PDF 32KB)

Student email etiquette

School of Nursing & Midwifery,  Email communication etiquette (PDF 55KB)

Flinders University, Net etiquette guidelines