Social Media Policy for Surgical Technology

In an allied health program, managing the use of social media and students can be a bit of a chore. There are many things to consider when providing an environment of teamwork and collaboration but also professionalism. Students in my program get very excited about their education and feel empowered by the role they play. This excitement is hard to keep in and not share. In todays society, sharing on social media is the norm, however, with patient privacy this has to be closely monitored. A social media policy can help guide students in the right direction. 

The following is my example of a social media policy for my surgical technology program. The college has its own social media policy and my policy will support it but adds a more specific take for my program. This policy will be included in my program handbook.

Social Media Policy
To communicate potential problems and liabilities associated with the use of social media while attending the NIC Surgical Technology Program.

Social Networking for Teaching and Learning

I focused my research on the utilization of social media for healthcare and healthcare education. Throughout my research I have learned that the use of social media in healthcare and healthcare education provided some very noticeable similarities, both good and potentially problematic. Most of the videos, articles and studies that I read or watched, outlined similar advantages to utilizing social media platforms. Some of the advantages are that they provide an opportunity for patients and students to gain access to medical professionals. This is important to providing a service to the community but also a chance for physicians to “get the word out” about new technologies, treatments and preventative education. Sharing information was also a very big theme for using social media.

The negatives really boiled down to potential privacy issues. Because social media is there for everyone and may not have the security measures in place to protect patient’s privacy, could be a problem.


PLE Diagram

A PLE or Personal Learning Environment is an evolving environment of tools and resources organized by a person in order to continue lifelong learning, to create, and to connect with others of similar interests.

My PLE has the very specific emphasis of surgery, more specifically, surgical technology. I long to improve how education of the profession of surgical technology is delivered, how resources are shared and practice improvements are publicized to the entire profession.

My graphic is a basic depiction of the operating room team. The patient represents the PLE as a whole, since that is the focus. The surgeon represents the profession as a whole and provides the base knowledge. The Surgical Tech represents Surgical Technology Education, which filters, sorts and and guides the profession and helps maintain order, just like a surgical tech in the operating room. The assistant represents the Resources used to support the education of CST's. Finally, the circulating nurse represents …

Live Professional Development

Since I am a novice to online education, I wanted my focus of this assignment to be centered around gaining as much information as possible. I attended live chats and webinars that encompass different aspects to education technology and teaching online, including online development, assessment to online student safety and being good digital citizens.
Twitter Chats 10/9/17 - #flipclass discussion on Student-centered classroom. I found value in the conversation but it was all very foreign to me. I had trouble keeping up. I have used the flipped classroom model in the past and have found that students engage in the content way more. I think that a fully online course offers an opportunity for the student to feel like they are in charge of their education and that creates ownership. 10/11/17 - #iolchat – Microcredentials in Higher Ed This Tweetchat provided insight into micro-credentialing and what purpose collecting badges for specific content areas. I found the discussion to be interactive (…

Self Assessment of Content Curation

I have gained a whole new perspective on curation of content. I feel that this will be a valuable tool for me to use when keeping students up to date on what is happening in medicine.

I have performed a self assessment of the content curation page that I created. I used Scoop-it to curate content for Emerging Technologies in Healthcare. This will provide students an updated view of the new tech that is happening and coming.

Content Curation Criteria

Content curation is complicated! As a digital infant, I continue to learn more and more. In fact, I may start considering myself a digital toddler after this project.

I realized quickly that when it comes to content curation, there are key players and key tools that are leading the pack. Steve Rosenbaum, for example, contributes much to the discipline.

This activity was to understand what content curation is and how to recognize and utilize effective curations. Coming up with criteria to recognize effective curation was easy for the first 10 criterium but then it really made me think about what is important to providing content in a meaningful way.

Provided is a checklist of 15 questions/statements that will hopefully provide a thorough content curation.

Tips for a Positive Digital Footprint

I'm just going to say it, my digital footprint is important to me. In casual conversation you will hear me say, "I don't care what people think of me". This is definitely true but why would I knowingly give people a reason to doubt my integrity or morals. I think that having a positive and secure digital footprint can be a valuable representation of who you are. I really try to keep my digital footprint as professional as possible.

To provide myself and others a guide to creating or keeping a positive digital footprint, I have created a presentation in Google Slides. This presentation outlines 10 tips that I feel are important in keeping your online identity secure and representative of a professional.

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