The rise of social media has lifted many internet users from behind screen names and anonymity. As a result, our actions can directly affect our public image, as well as people who are associated with us–most importantly our employers–whether we think it’s related or not. As much as we want to defend our rights to our private lives and opinions, once those things stop being private, such can create a negative impact on how we are viewed professionally.
Just like how a UNM Sandoval nurse was fired after posting arrogant and vulgar statements on social media, which was posted on January 13 by Amanda Francis on her Facebook account:
Soooooo sleepy here in the ICU. Will someone please code and give me something exciting to do? #isthatbad?
The post was created for public viewing and was even checked in at the hospital itself, somewhat telling everyone that she requires a patient to die just so she has something to do at work.
Another was again posted in Amanda Francis’ account, this time targeting the Native American Women:
I’m not trying to offend anyone but I have to ask. Is it like a native American custom not to take a s*** at home? Every time I go into a public bathroom and it smells like someone died in there a native is washing their hands. Literally every single time! Like f*** lay off the Navajo tacos lol
She may have clearly explained that she was not trying to offend anyone but the curse words and “lol” at the end is contradicting it.
UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, on other hand, finally gave a statement to a News TV show:
Recent comments posted on a social media site by a former employee were totally inappropriate and not consistent with the values of UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center. As soon as we became aware of the offensive posts, we took immediate corrective action. We greatly respect all of our patients and employees regardless of race or creed. This is very unfortunate and does not in any way reflect the views of SRMC or its employees.
After the Facebook posts had been circulating online, Francis was quick on deleting her Facebook account.
While there is nothing wrong with social media and voicing your opinions, it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. Read: 5 Things Nurses Should Consider Before Posting a Rant on Facebook Stay away from any negative comments dealing with your patients, co-nurses or your job.
Try posting with a purpose.
“You want to make sure that you’re posting good things that present the professional, academic side of you … Post professionally-related things. Post things that show that you have interests in the work you’re hoping to pursue,” Slayter said (a career expert).