- Be on Twitter
- Follow @NurChat
- Use Tweetchat.com
- Enjoy post-chat updates
- You need to be “on twitter” and you can sign up to twitter here. All you need is a name and an email address to register, and it’s completely free. There are many advantages to using twitter, but if you’re a registered nurse remember to consult the NMC guidelines on social media participation before you begin.
- Subscribe to this blog to be notified of future chats by entering your email address in the subscribe by email box to the right of this page. Then go onto twitter and follow @NurChat for chat news. We always published a pre-chat introduction with links to related information so you can research the topic beforehand, and we also publish a downloadable “flyer” that you can add to a nurses station or common room to share NurChat with your colleagues.
- The best way we have found to join in a Twitter chat is to log in to Tweetchat. On the evening of the chat go online to tweetchat.com and log on using your twitter details (twitter username and twitter password) and enter “NurChat” in the field that says “enter hashtag to follow”. Tweetchat allows all of the chat to been seen in the same place and also adds the necessary hashtag to the comments you enter.
- After the chat the transcript and an overview will be added to this NurChat blog, this is useful if you missed the chat or would like to share it retrospectively. NurChat is the same as a group of nurses being in the same room chatting about one subject, sometimes two or three conversation threads can happen – the great thing about NurChatting is that if you miss one conversation thread you can read through the transcript and not miss out altogether
From Nurchat you will be able to identify fellow nurses with similar or different views and experiences to you and use these new contacts to share ideas and professionally develop.
Twitter chatting is a concept that is new to nurses and apart from the NMC Guidelines there is not much information out there – so please feel free to add your own tips
OUR TOP TIPS
- Read through a previous NurChat transcript before NurChatting for the first time to get a flavour for how they run.
- Send a tweet out to your followers before the chat to let them know youare taking part and that if they want to join in then use #NurChat, this saves any confusion for you followers.
NurChat happens every other Tuesday at 8pm – follow @Nurchat on twitter and check out this blog regularly for the next NurChat.