HEALTH BYTES: Nurses and Mainstream Media

By Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN| July 3rd, 2018

Nurses can make mainstream media take notice. I use Twitter frequently to broadcast nursing news, ranging from news about state legislators removing barriers to practice for nurse practitioners to highlights from commencement addresses I give.

Oftentimes, I’ll single out nurses for their research findings or acts of compassion. My hashtags range from #nurse to #gonursing most of the time. Occasionally I’ll use #CultureofHealth.

What I didn’t realize is that by using those hashtags, I have been mainly communicating to other nurses and missing an opportunity to reach a broader healthcare audience, through the mainstream media, including journalists.

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