Nurses, Physician Assistants See Career Benefits From Social Media

November 7, 2014 in News

Some nurse practitioners and physician assistants believe that social media networks are beneficial for their career trajectories, according a survey by the Clinical Advisor, FierceHealthcare reports (Budryk, Fierce Healthcare, 11/3).

Survey Details

For the survey, Clinical Advisor questioned 350 nurse practitioners and PAs in various health care settings between August and September about their social media use and how it could affect their careers. Specifically, the survey asked about eight social media sites:

  • Doximity;
  • Facebook;
  • Google+;
  • Instagram;
  • LinkedIn; and
  • Pinterest;
  • Twitter; and
  • YouTube (Clinical Advisor Survey, 2014)

Survey Findings

The survey found about 45% of respondents used social media for career purposes. According to the survey:

  • 28% of respondents said social media had helped their career;
  • 13% said they were unaware how social media affected their career;
  • 12% said social media had not actively helped their career; and
  • None said social media had negatively affected their career.

When using social media for business purposes, the survey found:

  • 48% of respondents used LinkedIn;
  • 36% used Google+; and
  • 26% used Facebook (FierceHealthcare, 11/3).
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