In June 2010, I had the very fortunate opportunity of attending the RNAO Best Practice Summer Institute located at Nottawasaga Inn of Alliston, Ontario. On day one we were organized into a group [aka Best Practice Guidelines Knowledge Units (BKUs)], enabling us to immediately network and reflect upon our learnings at the institute over the course of the week. We called ourselves “The Gold Diggers” – a name used in reference to our search and journey for a-pot-of-gold, or what we described as: happy and healthy communities. Despite the diversity of participants in my group, our similar experiences of implementing best practice in our respective clinical settings were what brought us together. I am thankful that I had the chance to meet these individuals and am hopeful that we stay connected over time.
For those who know me well, it would be of no surprise to learn that I spent most of the week “Twitter-ing”, demystifying some preconceived notions regarding Twitter, as well as suggesting we consider the use of these technologies to enhance dissemination of best practice guidelines. At the end of the week we were asked to share our insights to our peers (~50 attendees) and decided to integrate Twitter into our presentation. Our three key learnings included: overcoming obstacles, re-engaging with stakeholders, and managing risks. I hope this presentation will help you consider how you could be using Twitter to bring evidence to the bed-side. A special “thank you” to the nurses (Val, Sue, Elaine, Annette, Justine, and Christa) who helped with the content of this presentation.