Social media and the aging population of healthcare professionals

1 May

I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to engage nursing staff and allied health in discussions about their current practice and the implementation of RNAO Best Practice Guideline on Establishing Therapeutic Relationships. What I’ve come to realize is that as creative as my ideas might be, they’re almost too innovative for this professional environment. I’ve learned my ideas are not only impractical because the hospital communications itself is behind in technology but also that most staff are not as skilled at using this technology as I had thought. In 2007, the Ontario Nurses’ Association reported that the average age of nurses was 45.9 years. Given that people aren’t getting any younger and that the older generation is less engaged with technology in general, this should come as no surprise to me. I think health care professionals regardless of their age should be making efforts to get on top of these changes or at least should be supported in doing so. I think it corresponds well with our dedication to life long learning. I can guarantee that the chaotic mileau, the lack of computers or software/hardware applications, and the lack of privacy/quietness in some areas contribute to this problem…but seriously, we do have libraries and I can tell you I’ve worked nights when there wasn’t much to monitor or do.

I’m left wondering how I could be engaging my senior colleagues so they start to use this technology too…

A few links to check out:
http://ebennett.org/hsnl-8/
http://www.slideshare.net/ctsinclair/social-media-in-health-care
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubo1asE4l-o

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