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Can the use of social media contribute towards Nursing and Midwifery Council revalidation?
  1. Dave Clarke
  1. School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Dave Clarke, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK; ClarkeDJ{at}

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The emergence and now widespread use of social media (SoMe) during the past 10 years is not just a matter of personal use, and many nurses and healthcare professionals are now using SoMe as a way of updating their practice and engaging with each other. In today's modern clinical practice environment, it is challenging to be up to date with the latest evidence or government policy, due to the volume of material produced. Using SoMe can be one way of keeping abreast of the latest information in your field.

At the same time, some nurses, employers and regulators are calling for caution in the use of SoMe, due to a rising trend in disciplinary action associated with its use. These cases tend to be based on unprofessional behaviour, such as posting derogatory comments about …

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