Twitter can be used as a tool for nurses to network and learn.
Like it or loathe it social media is now firmly embedded into nursing education, development, and networking.
Our team has scoured Twitter to find the most interesting and important UK nursing accounts for you to follow. It doesn’t matter if your a Twitter novice or a seasoned profession – get following (they might even follow you back!).
This is our official twitter feed – so we had to include it. We will bring you essential nursing news and clinical updates, alongside some interesting and varied topics for debate. @Matt_Bodell is the current Editor of NursingNotes.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the professional regulator for all UK registered nurses, midwives, and nursing associates. @Crouchendtiger7 is the NMC’s Chief Executive and Registrar who is spearheading a change in culture at the organisation.
TheRCN is the official Twitter feed of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) – the largest nursing union. Their feed brings some interesting professional updates.
Other interesting RCN feeds are @RCNStudents and @RCNNQN. The current Chair of Council @davedawes, President @AnneMarieRaffer, and Deputy President @yvonnecoghill1 are also essential follows.
The Nursing Standard is the popular nursing journal run by the Royal College of Nursing. @RCNi is the official account of the publishing arm of the RCN. @NSeditor is the current Editor for the Nursing Standard.
WeNurses is an online community with the aim of sharing information, ideas, knowledge, and support in order to improve patient care. WeNurses often hold educational debates and Twitter chats and was founded by the wonderful @AgencyNurse.
This is an offshoot of the WeNurses brand specifically for student nurses by student nurses. They hold some very interesting and informative nursing debates and regular quizzes.
The Nursing Times is the oldest nursing publication. They have an extensive library of journal articles alongside bringing readers the latest headlines. @SteveJFord is the current Editor of the NursingTimes.
The Student Nurse Project is an account run by students and newly qualified nurses. They regularly tweet about important issues facing student nurses and are always keen to bring students or newly qualified nurses
@CNOEngland is the Chief Nursing Officer for England, @FionaCMcQueen for Scotland, @JWCNO for Wales, and @charlottemcardl for Northern Ireland. CNOs acts as a representative and voice for nursing on a national scale.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is an organisation that represents nurses on a global scale.@HowardCatton a British nurse and @AnnetteMKennedy from Dublin, Ireland lead the organisation. @WeRGlobalNurses is an independent organisation that campaigns for the UK to rejoin the ICN.
Interesting people to follow
@alisonleary1 and @maxwele2 are both academics who tweet regularly about nursing and health policy.
@Nurse_Lecturer, @LlewellynMorga2, and @LisaBurrowsRNMH are all nursing lecturers who frequently tweet about education and the development of nurses.
@joan_myers and @fernandof1974 are both important advocates for BAME and marginalised communities.
@CraigDavidson85 and @JessLSainsbury are both newly qualified nurses who regularly tweet about important issues facing students and newly qualified nurses.
@ShaunLintern is a prominent health journalist for the Independent. He often covers important health policy and politics.
@Cahill_Lou and @LeanneHPatrick are both nurses who advocate for the rights of women.
@RoaringNurse, @daniellejade198, @pauljebb1, @EllzSummary, @ZebaArif, @PortyGeoff and @Ant8Johnson8 are other prominent voices who advocate for the profession.
The hashtag #NurseTwitter is also a good way to find others with similar interests or even to grow your professional network and broaden horizons.
If you find any we haven’t mentioned – Tweet us (@NursingNotesUK) and we can grow this list.