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Old 02-11-2008, 08:55 AM
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I recently went to a job interview, and I asked the nurse recruiter if her hospital had a policy about blogging. She said, “What’s a blog?” I answered her question, and she still didn’t understand how damaging a blog could be to her hospital in the hands of a pissed off employee. Since then, I’ve learned that many high-powered people within hospitals don’t have a clue about what’s going on in blogosphere. I know that my boss is clueless, is your boss clueless, too


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Old 02-11-2008, 10:28 AM
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I am torn between wanting people to know more and being scared that they will. I am sure my boss knows what a blog is, but I wouldn't necessarily want her to find mine. As far as I know there is no local policy at my organisation. Be interesting to hear other people's thoughts.
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My mother works with technology resources within schools and libraries. She was giving a talk at a conference for school libraries on the use of RSS feeds and how they can be used by teachers and students in the teaching of the curriculum. She had a lady up the front ask what a blog is. Mum was dumb-founded, at the lack of basic understanding of what is out there by people who should be keeping up with what is avaliable.
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Old 02-11-2008, 10:16 PM
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I'm still learning about RSS feeds, and other things involving the Internet. Thank goodness I have my tech guy, Shane, and my two kids.

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My boss knows all about my blog and is very supportive! I don't know if she still reads it, though.
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:40 AM
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It's not just the bosses. Some of my CLASSMATES didn't even know about blogging, and they are in their 20s! I feel lucky I have found a core group of nurses online for whom I can learn from.

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I recently went to a job interview, and I asked the nurse recruiter if her hospital had a policy about blogging. She said, “What’s a blog?” I answered her question, and she still didn’t understand how damaging a blog could be to her hospital in the hands of a pissed off employee. Since then, I’ve learned that many high-powered people within hospitals don’t have a clue about what’s going on in blogosphere. I know that my boss is clueless, is your boss clueless, too


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I don't think so. Everyone knows I blog and will come up and make a comment on something I've written. It's never been an issue. I've seen docs reading it at the nurses station.

But then, I'm not a pissed off employee, either. Just a tired one.
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I don't think so. Everyone knows I blog and will come up and make a comment on something I've written. It's never been an issue. I've seen docs reading it at the nurses station.

But then, I'm not a pissed off employee, either. Just a tired one.
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I know many of us who do blog and who remain anonymous have considered the prospect of being discovered and what that might mean. This is why it is important to be careful about what you write and who might read it. This isn't just about maintaining confidentiality but also about thinking before we press that send / load button.
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I have shared my blog site with one person with which I work. I consider her a good friend and it gives her insight into my thoughts that I don't often share. In fact, through my blog she and I have found that we have very similar interests and thoughts. She likes that I blog not only about nursing, but about my life in general. I blog about my father frequently; she lost her father at 15 and she told me it often brings tears to her eyes because I have allowed her to have a glimpse of the relationship her and her father would have shared.

When I blog about work, of course all the names have changed to protect the innocent and the not so innocent. I keep the basic thread the same; but throw in curves and side comments that could occur in any ER across the USA.

I don't wonder if people will find out that I write a blog, and in fact have been asked if it is public and can anyone read it. I said, "if you can find it, you can read it." To be honest, it wouldn't take much to find it; but that's a whole other story. I have to admit though, that I worry that my personal thoughts, if found out by my co-workers can be used "against me" not to make me lose my job, but gives them the edge to my soft spots.

Who knows, maybe that isn't so bad.

I guess I'll cross the blog issue when I come to it; but until then I'm going to have to believe that my blog is protected by my first amendment right. I don't violate HIPPA, and who knows, perhaps my patients are a conglomerate of many different patients.
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