A virtual meeting place for new student nurses @nursingSUni #nsuni

Last week we set up a Facebook group for new students starting on nursing programmes at Salford University in March 15.

We hoped it would be a place where incoming students could go to ‘meet’ each other and maybe ask questions to ease some of the anxiety associated with starting a nursing programme. Included in the group are some current student nurses and lecturers all willing to help and advise where needed. Its going well so far, since setting up the group 10 days ago, we have 85 members all chatting about which field of practice they are joining, where they are travelling from and various other subjects.

What is really good about this, is that our current students are best placed to answer most of the queries and so we must extend our thanks to the student nurses who have volunteered their time and experience to help others:

Gemma @GemSmith89

Emma @EmmaConnollyStN

KellyAnn @Kel1406

Penny @PennyFawthrop

Lucy @LugardCYP 

We’ve only advertised the group on twitter and our pre-existing field of practice Facebook pages but we will be introducing all new students to the professional use of social media during freshers week, so we look forward to meeting new members 🙂

So if you’re about to join us this month on a pre-registration nursing programme, request to join the group and join the conversation 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/groups/356618734540202/

Follow us on Twitter @nursingSUni and search for the hashtag #nsuni

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Personal Development Planning

A great twitter chat with students on Monday 16th February, discussing Personal development Planning

You can catch up with the storify here

Thinking about Personal Development Planning? chatting Mon 16th Feb 1.30 #nsuni

Last week, a few students were chatting on twitter about organising personal development records and portfolios. We thought it might be helpful to to have a twitter chat so please join us at 1.30pm Monday 16th Feb using #nsuni

Here at Salford, all student nurses are required to maintain a personal development record and each semester, students are required to formulate three short term goals. We’ll be discussing how to manage your PDP and make it work for you.

Student CYP nurse Lucy is curating @nursingSUni this week, so Lucy will be hosting the chat with lecturer support. We hope you will join us to discuss the following:

a) How to identify areas for development

b) SMART goals

c) What counts as Level 4,5,6 evidence?

d) How to organise your PDP

e) How to make it work for you

Hope you will join us 🙂

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The start of my journey #hellomynameisamiee by @amieemhxx

The start of my journey #hellomynameisamiee

I am at the very start of my Salford nursing journey and I am excited to start the next chapter of my life. I am making a massive career change which is both terrifying and hugely exciting. I am leaving a secure, stable job where I have some lovely colleagues to venture into the unknown………..and I can’t wait. Becoming a nurse was always in my life plan. It’s just taken me a little longer than most to get to this point. I don’t regret the career choices I have made as they have helped me to grow as a person and of course I have gained life experience. I have developed life skills which I believe will help me to become a good nurse. I am thankful that I am being given a second chance to pursue my ambition.

I want to care for people and help make people feel better. Nursing is where I belong and I finally feel content. I know that this is not going to be an easy process. I am going to have to study hard and work hard, but that doesn’t bother me. It feels a little bit frightening but I prepared to make sacrifices to be the best nurse that I can be. I am not just making this life change for myself, I am also doing it for my children. I want them to have a good work ethic. They will learn this from me and my partner and the only way we can set a good example is to be enjoy what we do and be passionate about it.

I feel like I already know where my interests lie as a nurse. I am extremely passionate about oncology and the majority of my voluntary work has been based in a hospice. I can’t explain why I feel drawn to this area. Perhaps it’s because I have seen first-hand what cancer can do to a person. But all I know is I want to use my own experiences to help care for others and I want to ensure that patients have a positive experience whilst in my care. Although I feel that this is where I belong now, I am completely open minded and I am fully aware that my interests may change as I progress through the programme.

I was always going to study at Salford. Purely because I know qualified nurses who have studied here and all of them only have good things to say about their experiences. I also know of other mums who have studied and qualified through Salford and all of them have had positive experiences. I have needed this reassurance. I am hugely determined but the reassurance I have gained from seeing other mums study and qualify has been immense.

I am literally counting down the days until my Salford journey starts. I am counting down to induction week. I am following some of the current Salford student nurses on Twitter and their focus and drive to succeed is amazing.

I have my stationary ready for the lectures and seminars and I have stocked up on coffee ready for the night shifts. I plan on embracing every new experience and very new opportunity which is given to me. I cannot wait and I am ready to jump on this roller coaster for the next three years.

I am ready to be the best nurse that I can be and I want to save the world and everyone in it.

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Curating @nursingSUni provided a vital link to university for @soontobenurses

Another week of curating the school account, and as per previous experiences I learnt a lot as well as talked a lot. For me curating the account provided a vital link to university whilst I am on an interrupt. There are however lots of great reasons to take a turn, be it a week or a day. If you do a week and have prior commitments during that week, someone will always take over the reins for that period.

Curating the student account is a fantastic way of communicating with peers to get and give support. Curating the account also offers a floor for healthy debate about topics important to students, this week we looked at the lack of nurses and the reasons behind that, the way in which students interact and how initiatives can be positive or negative. Thank you to @createyourself9 for sparking some particularly interesting ones.

Alongside the followers that you may already have on your personal account you begin to engage with other tweeters that you may not normally, or do not know are out there. A result of this was an invite to spend the day with the lovely @juneinhe.

On the Wednesday I tweeted from the @MHtodaymag conference and as a result was approached to complete a guest blog for the publication.

As well as support from peers there is also invaluable support from lecturers and professionals from the world of twitter. If you are looking to extend your social reach and develop network connections then curating the twitter account is an invaluable tool in doing so. Curating the twitter account is much advised and having students from across branches, as well as academic staff really broadens the horizons of students that follow, as well as staff!

#SoMe is becoming more readily recognised as a CPD tool and also a way to learn about events that are upcoming that may be of use to yourself or that will be of use to others that you can share. Curating the twitter account can also be used to meet a PDP goal for instance if you wish to develop your communication skills.
I would invite all students to have a go and those who are worried should know there will always be someone on hand to offer support, students and staff alike.

As well as students there is definitely something to be said for the contribution of academics to the curation and would be a fabulous experience for them and resource for students across the twitterverse.
I shall of course be back

Inaugural meeting of the Social Media Special Interest Group – a move in the right direction #SUSoMe

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Monday 12th January 2015, a date to remember… the day we held our Inaugural meeting of the Social Media Special Interest Group for staff in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences at The University of Salford.

My name is Wendy Sinclair (@wlasinclair on Twitter), I’m a registered Children’s Nurse working as a Lecturer in Nursing at The University of Salford and I’m currently working on my PhD, exploring nurses’ online professional conduct. I’ve been interested in using social media in nurse education for over two years and in recent months I’ve definitely noticed a rapid increase of social media use within the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Science here at the University of Salford and beyond. Having experienced the benefits of social media in nurse education I wondered how we could use social media to its full potential. Amongst other things, I considered a multidisciplinary team approach to be the way forward. An invitation was sent to all school staff members and approximately 30 members of staff from across disciplines expressed an interest in joining the group and 11 people were able to attend the face-to-face meeting yesterday. The purpose of the meeting was to explore whether a special interest group had potential and I wanted to know if the group could have meaning and purpose and so we explored the different roles that group could take on which led to discussions around how the group may move forward.

I plan to use this blog to share our success (thinking positively!!) and so here are the key points from the first meeting:

Training and support

It was pleasing to find that although not all staff are currently using social media, there are certainly a significant number interested in finding out more about how it could be used effectively. It was therefore identified that staff need support with using social media and unlocking potential, indeed there is often an inaccurate assumption that ‘everyone’s on Facebook’, ‘everyone’s on Twitter’ etc. and so lots of discussion was around training needs. The group could explore how we manage training and support.


Issues of managing professional conduct and maintaining boundaries were discussed and findings from recent projects were discussed. Our students are expected to work within professional body and university social media guidance and so there were  issues raised around managing conduct and this led to a discussion around changing culture to a more equal partnership between staff and students, shared learning and more co-creation. The group could explore ways of moving this forward.

Sharing Opportunities and Links

It was identified that Social Media provides our staff and students with a multitude of opportunities but we need to be sharing these opportunities beyond social media. It was recognised that social media management can be time consuming and that people use a variety of social media platforms. The group could explore ways of managing this.

Sharing good practice

It is clear that there are so many areas of good practice using social media within the school, that we don’t really know what each other is doing. While we don’t know exactly who is doing what, I do know that there are people at Salford making use of Social Media in fabulous ways. It was also identified that we all have links and networks that we could make better use of and feed back and forward to wider groups. There was an agreement that the group could be a place to share good practice in social media use.

Measure Impact

It was identified that with so many people using social media, it would be good to find out what works well and what doesn’t work well. The group may be able to provide opportunities for collaboration on projects to measure the impact of what we are doing. It was also highlighted that perhaps the group could be a place to tryout new things with an understanding that some things work and some things don’t.


It was decided that a showcase of research, projects and social media activity would be useful for all staff to get a feel for how they could utilise social media in their work. It was decided that a conference would be arranged for early Summer 2015 and as part of this day we plan to hold a workshop that will provide us with the basis of a more structured approach to the group development. This is something I’m really excited about!

Social Media communication/resource

As the group is all about social media, it was discussed whether we should avoid email and use social media to communicate (a brave step forward maybe??). I have decided to cover all bases for now and use this blog site, a new Facebook page (coming soon) and a twitter hashtag #SUSoMe (Salford University Social Media)! These platforms will also be utilised as a repository for social media resources and examples of good practice.

By setting up this special interest group, I hope to pool skills, knowledge, expertise and ideas and make much wider strides in the right direction. I’ll keep you updated as the group develops and in the meantime I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions 🙂

Second time around

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I decided to curate this account for a second time because I was curious to find out whether my growing experience of Tweeting would enable me to engage more, and I chose to do it during an annual leave week in order to dedicate additional time to it.
My initial research resulted in finding several awareness events that were taking place during the week, so I used them as a starting point for my tweets: Rethink were taking part in Schizophrenia Awareness Week culminating on Friday 10th October with World Mental Health Day, which was also focusing on schizophrenia, so I posted fact and fiction information about the illness. To continue with the mental health theme it was Bipolar Awareness Day on Tuesday 7th October. I wanted to promote the inspiring work that hospices carry out on a daily basis during Hospice Care week, which culminated with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. October was also breast cancer awareness month.
As a new intake of  nursing students here at the University of Salford had recently started using Twitter I posted every day about influential accounts that I think they should follow and explaining why; a lot of Plymouth University students had also begun to follow our account, so I thanked each one personally for doing that. I believe that supporting our peers through the unique demands of a nursing course is important for our success. I also promoted the benefits to students of curating our Twitter account in order to try and find some new curators as volunteers.
There was a student-led conference taking place here about Cultural Competence across the Lifespan that I decided to tweet from to support our March 12 cohort and create awareness of an issue that is crucial to the nursing community. I also tweeted from a study day on living and dying with dementia, a subject that is important to me for personal reasons.
I took part in two Twitter chats this week: a Nursing Times twitchat on Sightsavers in Malawi discussing the work of eye specialists and the challenges that they face; and a WeNurses chat about how to keep nurses happy.
I thoroughly enjoyed curating the account this second time, and I felt a lot more confident participating in Twitter chats and finding topics to focus on during the week. Curating is an outlet to share passion for nursing, and to concentrate on the issues that are important to you but also that may be important to other nursing students who follow the account. If you are new to Twitter, or an experienced tweeter, please consider curating as its fun and you gain so much from it both personally and professionally.


Are you looking for a new challenge?

Hi, my name is Lisa (@LisaxDx2072) and I am a 3rd year Children’s nursing student. If you are looking for a new challenge and something a bit different to add to your skill set then curating the @nursingSUni account could just be the thing!

I have used Twitter sporadically for a number of years however, my Twitter use has increased since being at Salford, especially from a more professional perspective. It can be a fantastic information source and an invaluable evidence based learning tool. I admit to being more of a lurker than a tweeter, although I find I am lurking less and tweeting more. I was even ‘Chief Tweeter’ during our Mar12 student led Cultural Competence conference!

I had thought about curating the @nursingSUni account for a while after reading positive feedback from other students however, because of annual leave and so on it took longer than expected.

My week ran from 24th November and I was apprehensive when I first logged on, as I was not sure what to expect. I was even more apprehensive when I saw 16 notifications waiting although the majority were good luck messages and Twitter users favouriting tweets so it wasn’t too bad.

I soon got into the habit of checking the @nursingSUni account on a regular basis, so between lectures, on breaks and so on. I found for me this was an effective strategy rather than checking the account a couple of times a day.

My biggest challenge was the Thursday night @wenurses twitter chat; nimble fingers are definitely required as the tweets come through in quick succession. Overall I managed to keep up and I did really enjoy the experience.

If I were to do anything different next time (if there is a next time!) it would be to have the confidence to post items myself and to reply more often to tweets rather than being a serial retweeter!

I would definitely recommend having a go at curating the @nursingSUni twitter account. Support is available from the whole of the university (staff and students alike) and it feels good to be involved in something that raises the university profile on such a large scale.

As a @nursingSUni twitter curator
You will be an information innovator
Retweeting and favouriting interesting tweets
Responding to comments, new followers to greet
Taking part in Twitter chats
Developing knowledge, increasing the stats
Raising the profile of our great university
And well supported you will be
Until you try it, you cannot comprehend
Why it is something I definitely recommend

Curating the @nursingSUni account is such a brilliant and invaluable experience says @EmmaConnollyStN

Hello everybody, Emma here again for my second blog about curating the @nursingSUni account for the second time! You may remember my last blog where I discussed the impact that the BBC Panorama ‘Behind Closed Doors: Elderly Care Exposed’ had on the twitter community, which was back in April / May time. Your probably wondering why I’m back but it’s solely because curating the @nursingSUni account is such a brilliant and invaluable experience and I just couldn’t let it slip through my fingers.

Since May I have built up further twitter confidence so I didn’t feel too nervous about signing in on Monday morning, although you do feel anxious about grammar and the regularity of tweets posted. As a new intake of nursing students are just beginning their course (September 14) I thought I would take this opportunity to offer some handy tips using the #salfordwelcome hashtag. I posted tips on a daily basis such as checking emails and blackboard on a daily basis as well as storing documents in several places. I noticed that these tips were being ‘retweeted’ and ‘liked’ which is brilliant to know that student nurses across the university were reaching out to the twitter community. Feelings from my first day started to overwhelm me as I remembered how nervous and anxious I was, so I hoped that I made some of the September 14 intake feel more at ease.

As the week progressed I noticed that the account started to gain lots of new followers, however a special thanks goes to #PUNC14. #PUNC14 has stemmed from the September 14 intake of student nurses from Plymouth University, driving a brilliant initiative for student nurses to tweet professionally. This created a tremendous buzz on twitter and tweets were non-stop which was brilliant. Tweeting to such a wide audience across the country may sound a little daunting but if you keep focused and up to date it’s really quite satisfying.

Overall, curating the account for the second time round was just as good (if not better) than the first time round. I understood the logistics of the account and felt a little more comfortable when tweeting to a wide audience. The support from our lecturers was also brilliant, you definitely don’t feel isolated which is why you should give it a go! I would definitely like to come back again in my third year, thank you all for a brilliant week.

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