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Diane Evans

Diane Evans is Publisher of, a news and information service that helps HIPAA-covered organizations understand their responsibilities. 

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All states recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours. This course is accredited by the following boards:

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.

Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, and West Virginia Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.  

Provider approved by the California Department of Public Health, Nurse Aide Certification (NAC) #7046.  This document must be retained by the certified nurse assistant for a period of four years after the course completion. Provider approved by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing Assistive Personnel, Florida Board of Nursing-Certified Nursing Assistants; CE Broker CE Provider #: 50-13256.   

Social Media Rules for Nurses and Healthcare Providers

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Social Media Rules for Nurses and Healthcare Providers
For a complete list of accreditations for this online CNE social media course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

Even if your employer is following patient privacy rules, staff can create big problems by irresponsibly taking photos of patients, and worse yet, sharing them on social media. That is just one reason why appropriate social media usage is an essential skill for nurses.

Earlier this year, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) released survey findings, indicating 48% of responding nursing boards (33 in total) faced social media challenges. In some cases, complaints related to images of wounds and procedures photographed on personal phones and then shared.

Think of the senselessness, not to mention the consequences of a case reported recently by USA Today. A New York nurse took photos of an unconscious patient’s penis, and the shared the photos with co-workers. The nurse initially faced a felony charge but agreed to give up her nursing license for a reduced sentence. Nursing homes are particularly ripe for similar types of abuses involving nakedness, as ProPublica has reported.

Education can:
  • Prevent violations of patient rights
  • Create a culture of vigilance within an organization
  • Save healthcare providers the cost of fines and settlements, often in 7 figures 
  • Prevent the loss of your license and employment


Upon successful completion of this online social media class, the participant will be able to:
  1. Define Protected Health Information (PHI)
  2. Identify the kind of daily carelessness that threatens PHI 
  3. State the role of staff in protecting PHI
  4. Recognize obvious risks that should be reported to appropriate supervisors
  5. List 3 personal responsibilities that contribute to a culture of vigilance in protecting PHI


Chapter 1: Privacy & Security Regulations and Internet Challenges
Chapter 2:  Big Enemies in Carelessness & Neglect
Chapter 3:  Put Safeguards in Place
Chapter 4: Protecting Patient Information
Chapter 5: Conclusion
Chapter 6: Sources