- Any posting on social media must maintain the levels of client/patient privacy and confidentiality as applies to real life.
- A posting that can be seen as giving advice or sharing heath information must be best practice, unbiased and evidence based. The responsibility for this lies with the posting health professional and not the original source. Health Professionals are held to a higher level of accountability than the general public because of their perceived expertise.
- The relevant Professional Code of Conduct applies equally to the online environment as it does to the real world. All online behaviour must comply to the code. Unsure of your own profession’s code? Here’s a link to the Nursing Code of Conduct as a sample: Nursing Professional Standards