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#ExpOfCare Blog: Why you are important to #ExpOfCare
20 March, 2017 by @ckentone
Why you are important to #ExpofCareExpereince  By Claire Kent, Patient Expereince Lead, Nursing Directorate (Midlands & East) NHS England Experience of care week coincides with my last few days in a secondment to NHSE (Midlands & East) as Patient Experience Lead. Changing roles, even when it’s going back to one I know, prompts reflection and I’ve ...
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#ExpOfCare Blog: An #EndPJParalysis Chorus!
20 March, 2017 by @AnnMarieRiley10
From a tweet to an #EndPJparalysis chorus by Prof Brian Dolan & Ann-Marie Riley       Prof Brian Dolan is Director, Health Service 360, Honorary Professor of Leadership in Healthcare, University of Salford, Manchester and Visiting Professor of Nursing, Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research. @brianwdolan Ann-Marie Riley ...
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#ExpOfCare Blog: Johns Campaign
20 March, 2017 by @JohnCampaign
By Julia Jones @JohnCampaign  Please support John's Campaign: for the right to stay with people with dementia www.johnscampaign.org.uk “It enabled him to remain the person he was for as long as he could.” Sunday evening’s emails brought me two gifts. The first was a brief account, from a granddaughter, explaining how and why John’s Campaign had ...
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WeStudents: Twitter Takeover
20 March, 2017 by @abigailstdnurse
Hello! My name is Abi, I’m a WeNurses student leader and for 48 hours from Friday to Sunday I will be curating the WeNurses Twitter account. I’m a second year student nurse at the University of Derby and this is part of my project of a monthly 48 hour period of curation for students in the healthcare profession to talk about who we are, what we do ...
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#ExpOfCare Blog: A Magical Midwife
09 March, 2017 by @AgencyNurse
      It’s not very often that I come into contact with health care professionals on a personal basis, yes its true I work and tweet with them everyday, but I am fortunate enough to be happy and healthy. The same goes for my family – in fact it wasn’t so long ago that a family dinner conversation turned to “didn’t our family GP die?” … none of us ...
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#ExpOfCare Blog: Always Events
06 March, 2017 by @lorrainewolfen1
     Always Events® - support to help you co-design an Always Event® in your organisation and improve your patient’s experience of care by Lorraine Wolfenden            2017 is an exciting time for Always Events® and I am privileged to be a part of it. Since the publication of the toolkit in December, many trusts have expressed an interest in beco ...
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#WeStudents - Student Nurse Curation of @WeNurses
03 March, 2017 by @abigailstdnurse
STUDENT NURSES - We want you to Tweet from @WeNurses!  Every month for 48 hours - from 07:00 hrs on Friday to 07:00 hours on Monday we will be giving the @WeNurses Twitter account to a Student Nurse.  The infographic below explains all:               To apply all you have to do is to complete this downloadable FORM and email it too westudents@wenu ...
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#WeStudents - using social media to engage Student Nurses
03 March, 2017 by @AgencyNurse
January saw the changeover of student nurse leaders for WeNurses and we welcommed the amamzing Luke Woodhouse and Abigail Elliot to the WeNurses team.  Since then we have been plotting and planning and Luke and Abigail have come up with two amazing ways in which to get student nurses engaged over the next year.   #WeStudents Student Nurse Curation ...
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#WeStudents - 2 Minute Videos
03 March, 2017 by @LukiKnowsBest
Lights, camera .... ACTION!!!  Student nurses .... We want you to take two minutes to create a video that asks a question, raises an issue, makes a point or tells the world what its like to be a student nurse.  It's really easy to get involved, all you have to do is use your phone to make a video and so long as it's two minutes or under you can upl ...
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#ExpOfCare Blog: RITA
02 March, 2017 by @NorthumbriaNHS
      Written by Michael Porter Activities Wellbeing Co-ordinator Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust       At Northumbria Healthcare, we have always endeavoured to incorporate meaningful activities within our elderly care wards. We understand that providing the right environment alongside meaningful activities really makes a difference in enhancing ...
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#ExpOfCare Week Webinars !
28 February, 2017 by @KathEvans2
There are lots of webinars to join througout Expereinces Of Care (#ExpOfCare) week - all the details are below.  Feel free to sign up to one or sign up to all!         Charting the landscape of online patient feedback: Key findings from a scoping study - University of Oxford Monday 20th March 11.30-12.30 to register CLICK HERE         Sharing stor ...
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Stress .... Agrrrrggghh !
27 February, 2017 by @derekfisher2907
It is a modern day way of life that we are all under some form of stress. From school days through to working life and even in retirement. Stress, horrid word, will always be there. But do we have to live with it or can we fight and beat it? Good question I think. We are all individuals and take different scenarios in a different way. That’s what m ...
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Why is it vital to change?
13 February, 2017 by @derekfisher2907
The world would still be flat if someone didn’t decide to CHANGE the way of navigation. Our way of healthcare would be in the 19th century if certain brave and innovative people didn’t bring about CHANGE. CHANGE can only be for the better and has to tried to be proven wrong. We become stuck in mundane routines and CHANGE can be very uplifting and ...
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Resilience Challenge: A New Video Game about Safety in Healthcare
06 February, 2017 by @JJackson_RN
There are many pressures in healthcare systems, all of which have an impact on nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals. Resilience Challenge, a new interactive videogame, aims to raise awareness about the risks associated with these pressures, and how clinicians can promote patient safety. In the early 2000’s, Safer Healthcare Now and ...
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Experience Of Care Week #ExpOfCare
03 February, 2017 by @KathEvans2
‘I’m working to improve experiences of care….will you join me?’ 20th- 24th March 2017  supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement      We would love you to join our week of activity celebrating the amazing things that are happening across to the country to improve patient/family/carers and staff experiences. This week gives you a great reason to ...
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A different voice
03 February, 2017 by @AgencyNurse
Over the years we have had many different people taking over the @WeNurses Twitter account for a day or maybe two, each bringing a unique perspective to the account - our ultimate thinking being that the best things happen when differing perspectives meet. Each person who has tweeted from the account has enabled us to see nursing and healthcare dif ...
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Free #WeLearn Spaces For School Nursing Teams
01 February, 2017 by @WeSchoolNurses
An opportunity for school nursing teams …. We are looking for 50 people who are part of a School Nursing Team as part of a pilot project with Public Health England …. Are you interested? Or could you help spread the word? The WeLearn project is part of work being undertaken by Wendy Nicholson (National Lead Nurse CYP & Families, PHE Chief Nurse Dir ...
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Uniform or no uniform? - that is the question!
01 February, 2017 by @derekfisher2907
 Going into hospital can be a very daunting experience for anyone but more so for someone living with dementia. They are disorientated and scared despite all the pleasant talk said to them. A ward or even A&E is very noisy and busy at all times. People rushing around here and there doing their jobs. Very off putting and disturbing for the person wi ...
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Using archived We Tweetchats
27 January, 2017 by @WeNurses
You'll find the WeArchives here and the WeSearch page here. The following guide we hope will help you use chats that you've missed to your full advantage.Connecting with and continuing to discuss topics with those that were on the chats adds real value and learning potential for you and the chat contributors.You'll find our FREE CPD / Revaildation ...
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Knowing the person as an individual
27 January, 2017 by @derekfisher2907
We are all individuals, are we not? I love soccer and cricket but you may hate them both. I hate soap operas on TV but you may love them. I love my cup of tea but some people only drink coffee. I hate being cold but you may like the temperature cooler than me. I love my garden and I am in heaven if left alone to work out there on a warm summers day ...
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WeNurses Student Leaders for 2017
24 January, 2017 by @AgencyNurse
The student nurse voice on Twitter is a very important aspect of the nurse community, student nurses bring a vibrancy, a differeing perspective and often a questioning approach that is needed to balance and drive this space forward.  For the last year we have had two wonderful student nurses leading WeNurses - Julie Woollman and Hannah Smith - howe ...
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#AHPsintoAction: taking forward the AHP mandate for change
12 January, 2017 by @jkfillingham
WeAHPs are delighted to be supporting the #AHPsintoAction launch event in London on the 17th January by live streaming via Periscope and tweeting, and you are all invited to join the launch online. Over the past 9 months Allied Health Professions (AHPs) in England and internationally, as well as other professionals, service users and carers, have b ...
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Investigated to within an inch of my sanity.
02 January, 2017 by @sandyra1961
I need to ask a question .... That is when to refer to the NMC?.... Does leaving the medicine trolley unattended warrant referral ?? Does giving an injection 3 weeks to soon due to a poorly written medication chart warrant referral ? I have been a care home manager I would not have referred the nurse for either of those, I would have collected info ...
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'We' are looking for YOU !
12 December, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
It was this time last year when we posted a blog asking student nurses to step forward and help us out at WeNurses and we were very fortunate to find two amazing Student Nurses Hannah Smith for Salford University and Julie Woolman from Plymouth University! Both Julie and Hannah have been beyond awesome, not only have they been huge advocates at the ...
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How did your #FabRCT go?
21 November, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
Its been over a month since #FabChangeDay! Yes I agree - time flies! How is your change coming along ? What have you done ? What impact did it have? Do you need any support? Have you managed to start your change ? Are you managing to sustain your change ? All of these questions and more popped into my head this morning as I opened my emails to find ...
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Student Nurses leading the way
03 November, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
WeNurses Student Blog - November 2016  Topic - Student Nurses leading the way Welcome back to our monthly @WeNurses Student Nurse Blogs!  This months topic is a little different ... in stead of relfecting on events we want you to celebrate them.  We would like you to share you experiences of where you as a student nurse has lead on something or a s ...
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All change at @WeMHNurses!
03 November, 2016 by @VanessaLGarrity
@WeMHNurses has had a busy few months, especially with some key changes happening within the team. We’ve been busy taking stock and thinking about the future direction of @WeMHNurses and we wanted to share these changes and our thinking with the community, whilst saying hello and goodbye to old and new team members.   Firstly, then, we would like t ...
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Third bed on the right
31 October, 2016 by @Luvphotosme
I have been reading the latest posts regarding how we identify patients and it reminds me of an event I was witness to.    Many, many, many years ago when I worked on all male acute medical admissions ward there was a very strong willed staff nurse in charge for the evening. I had been sent to one end of the ward to sort the patients whilst my coll ...
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Sharing nursing stories
30 October, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
Welcome to the "Sharing Nursing Stories" project. It is nearly 3 years since Sue Spencer first tweeted the idea to collect and share nursing stories using social media and although it has been a while Sue, having found a new sense of purpose contacted Teresa Chinn (from WeNurses) to discuss the project.    Given the issues in nursing at the moment ...
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#InCharge is back ! #JamieInCharge
26 October, 2016 by @JamieWaterall
#InCharge is back! On the Friday 4th November @JamieWaterall Associate Deputy Chief Nurse and National Lead for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Public Health England will be taking over the @WeNurses twitter account - #JamieInCharge Jamie says:  I will be providing WeNurses followers with live commentary and discussion from the Issues and Answ ...
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Why #HelloMyNameIs is more than an introduction...
26 October, 2016 by @NRCUK
Hello, my name is Nick.Following last night’s #WeMDT chat on introductions hosted by @Salsa442 there was of course much focus on the amazing work and legacy that Dr Kate Granger has left us all via #HelloMyNameIs, simply amazing work showing what can be done selflessly for others. @Salsa442 walked us through the journey of introductions as value to ...
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I'm #HereForNurses
26 October, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
This week saw the release of a report from the Cavell Nurses' Trust "Skint, shaken yet still caring" and to say that the contents of the report shocked me is a bit of an understatement.  I find myself sat here some days later still feeling upset when i think of some of the statistics that the report shared, the four picture below provide some of th ...
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#FirstDayNursing
25 October, 2016 by @derekfisher2907
Do you recall your first day at school? Did your mum and dad take a photo of you proudly but nervously standing there in your school uniform? We did to both of our children. School bag in one hand and lunch box in the other. And of course they both had on their uniforms. We still have those precious photos today and they are priceless. How proud ar ...
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Tweetchat tips & tricks
17 October, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
We often share our inforgraphics around Tweetchats on Twitter but the have never really had a home .... until now ... tadahhhhhh !! Here are our infographics that explain the mystery that is tweetchats ... enjoy ! ...
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A change from the heart
17 October, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
I am the wrong side of forty, I am a little overweight, I have never been great at sports, and I have a rather impressive family history of heart disease! All of this is not news to me …. In fact its something that’s been creeping up behind me and I have been doing my best to ignore it. But the fact of the matter is that I needed to change!! A few ...
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Developing social learning - #health5to19
01 October, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
I firmly believe that Dr Seuss was right when he said “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” and I one hundred percent belive that social media gives nurses a huge opportunity to read (or watch or listen), know, and learn in order to help us grow and develop. Social media is a wor ...
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Share Where You Care
30 September, 2016 by @WeNurses
Sometimes you get a feeling the response to a question is more important than the answer, this could be one of those times... @WeNurses has been running tweetchats and supporting nurses for a little over four years now, since then several WeCommunities have created really vibrant, hierarchy and boundary defying communities, even the Police got inv ...
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Getting serious about cardiovascular disease
29 September, 2016 by @HindleLinda
This week sees a focus on cardiovascular disease prevention as Public Health England launches a new report called ‘Getting Serious about Prevention.  The report calls on professionals in regular contact with the public such as fire fighters, police and healthcare professionals to help raise awareness of the risks of cardiovascular disease and suppo ...
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#FutureMHN Conference 2016
28 September, 2016 by @WeMHNurses
@WeMHNurses are delighted to be involved in the second #FutureMHN conference, which is a student led event, supported by the Department of Health and Public Health England.Rachel, who is a mental health nursing student and one of the conference organisers explains all below:In spring 2015 the inaugural Mental Health Nursing Student conference – #Fu ...
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Keeping Children and Young People safe online
27 September, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
Back in July the wonderful @WeSchoolNurses held a Twitter discussion around Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online - following on from that discussion they have produced two resources for healthcare professionals to share.   The first is a Steller Story of resources shared during the discussion: The second resource is a infographic of so ...
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One small step for nursekind.....
23 September, 2016 by @ross_6479
That nerve wracking moment when you suddenly realise you actually have to get a job, yes that is right you are not going to be student for the rest of your life! The realisation of this moment comes to many at different stages. Students start being offered jobs at very different stages, don’t panic if you haven’t got a job before you begin your thi ...
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A #FabChangeDay collection of fab stuff
16 September, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
There is so much fab stuff going on for #FabChangeDay that we thought it would be a good idea to curate it all - so check out this #FabChangeDay Pinterest Board!  If you see something you like the look of then:  1. Click on the picture to open the image in Pinterest 2. Click on the image again to read / view the original webpage      ...
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Agency Nurses are people too !!
15 September, 2016 by @sandyra1961
Agency Nurses are people too !! I am loving working on the wards again, meeting people, interacting and engaging with people, enjoying conversations ?? who am I kidding, I am working for an agency, I am RGN I know my job in my heart it is to care, something in my being makes me care and I always do my best to make my patients feel special be that i ...
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An exciting @WeCYPnurses opportunity
15 September, 2016 by @cdodd09
Exciting Opportunity Are you an enthusiastic CYP Year 1 or 2 nursing student? Are you addicted to Twitter? Are you interested in developing the CYP nursing knowledge base? Do you enjoy communicating online with a variety of HCP and families? Would you like to join the wecypnurses team?   Who are we? We are a group of volunteers who run wecypurses ...
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Random Coffee ?? #FabRCT
14 September, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
There really is no doubt in my mind that many good and great things start by just taking time to talk - nearly 6 years of talking and chatting with all sorts of healthcare folk on Twitter has definitely taught me that.  But nothing really beats a proper conversation, plain old fashioned talking .... i mean really talking! Taking time to have a coff ...
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How can We improve #WeActiveChallenge 2017?
11 September, 2016 by @WeAHPs
Did #WeActiveChallenge pass you by? If so here's the challenge and here are the results.For those that saw and took part in the challenge could we please ask for a little feedback to plan for 2017 with the following message/request please: Thank you… It’s been just over a week since the end of the #WeActiveChallenge and here at #WeHQ we’re still re ...
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Tsk Tsk Tsk Patients or Tasks
07 September, 2016 by @sandyra1961
Tsk Tsk Tsk …. Patients or Tasks Deep joy, I go to a ward for a second shift, how can two days be so different! I had a lovely but busy day there my first time, this was going to be different – hand over consisted of staff nurse, HCSW x 2 and me listening to the night staff moaning and whining about busy shift, bells ringing, short staff, oh my lor ...
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The BIG RED #FabChangeDay BUTTON
07 September, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
It's here !!! The #FabChangeDay Application .... and what better way to start a year of ideas into action by pushing a BIG RED #FabChangeday Button.  Your #FabChangeDay Journey starts HERE  'We' have made our pledge ... will you?        ...
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WeNurses Student Blog - September
06 September, 2016 by @HannahSTN
WeNurses Student Blog - September 2016 by Hannah Smith & Julie Woolman Topic - Experiences of mentors & mentoring Welcome back to our monthly @WeNurses Student Nurse Blogs!  We took a little break during August but it is good to be back and thinking about Septembers blog.  If you want to post a blog this month the subject is "Experiences of mentors ...
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#Expo16NHS - We are having a Fab Tweet Meet
05 September, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
Are you off to NHS Expo this week ? So are we .. and we would love to see you there.  A conference without a tweet meet is like a ham sandwich without the ham ... it's just not right! but its ok, we have it all in hand ... WeCommunities and the Academy Of Fabulous Stuff have put our heads together and arranged a Tweet Meet: WHAT? A Tweet Meet - a ...
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Let's talk about Meds baby !!
05 September, 2016 by @sandyra1961
Let’s talk about Meds Baby ….. Where oh where do I begin ?! At the start I suppose, so back in the day when I was training and first qualified there were two nurses or a nurse and student to ‘do’ the medication round, fast forward 33 years and the medication is kept in a flashing beeping cupboard not dissimilar to the star ship enterprise or the Ni ...
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Co-ordinating and Facilitating a Quality Improvement Event
03 September, 2016 by @lockley_leeanne
My journey begins after attending the North West Advancing Quality Pneumonia Collaborative. I came away from the event energised, positive and a belief about quality improvement and change. I wanted my pneumonia team to feel the same. Perhaps I should explain what Advancing Quality (AQ) is before I progress. AQ is North West program set out to qual ...
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Did you know?
02 September, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
Did you know that there are campaigns that you can join for #FabChangeDay? There are! You can read about all 12 of them HERE and each one has its own hashtag too.  Which means that not only can you join a campaign but you can also Tweet about it and see what others are doing .. pretty cool hey? Of course, if there is "something else" that you are i ...
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#WeActiveChallenge - The Results
02 September, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
Sadly August has ended and so has #WeActiveChallenge! But what an amazing and inspiring month it was .... here are some of the best bits ...
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The return to the wards....
01 September, 2016 by @sandyra1961
At the ripe old age of 55 I find myself working as an agency nurse, not a problem you may think, I have an NMC Pin, I am free from infection ?? so off I go – my first shift on an NHS or Non NHS ward for 21 years. I was petrified I have worked as a community nurse, practice nurse, telephone consultation nurse OOH, managed a care home amongst other t ...
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Do you see yourself being part of this?
26 August, 2016 by @aptaim
We’ve always been of the opinion that patient care with medicines can be improved through shared learning and a well-connected pharmacy team – and we’ve had some great examples over the years where we’ve seen this in action, from shared audits to discussions on clinical or ethical scenarios. As we return from our Summer shenanigans we thought now i ...
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Its as easy as ABC
26 August, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
Waaaayyyyy back when I first started blogging and tweeting I read a book called Socialnomics by Eric Qualman, who is not a nurse or in healthcare – I know I am asking you to trust me here when I say the book is a fab read with many pearls of social media wisdom that are entirely transferable to healthcare and nursing….. anyway I am diversifying sli ...
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The Quaking Quietness Of Dawn
22 August, 2016 by @Luvphotosme
Peeping head over the nest for the first time. Here I come Twitter! — Jacqueline Armstrong (@Luvphotosme) July 21, 2016 The first tweet I put out onto Twitter less than a month ago stated,   ‘Peeping head over the nest for the first time. Here I come Twitter’.   Since then I have grown new wings. I work in a large and very busy critical care un ...
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WeCommunities is changing!
16 August, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
A few weeks ago in a coffee shop just past Reading station WeCommunities and The Academy Of Fabulous Stuff (Fab Stuff) met to discuss change! Its always good to meet people who are as enthusiastic as We are for connecting and supporting people and improving the lives of the people we care for and Fab Stuff are some of our most favourite Tweeters. Y ...
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Motivation (& an excuse to share a pic of Muppet the Dog)
14 August, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
I am not the most athletic person in the world, in fact I could be (at best) be described as ‘enthusiastic” and that enthusiasm comes in waves. I am the wrong side of forty, a little overweight (cake is my biggest foe!) and acutely aware of a strong family predisposition to heart disease. I walk – our spaniel Muppet see’s to that (great excuse to s ...
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From Choices to Commitment - Our Positive Journey
12 August, 2016 by @ross_6479
At this time every year social media fills with students reaching the end of their degree. Everyone spills with excitement, nerves and anticipation about their new path to go from student to Newly Qualified Nurse. We have watched on and provided support, well wished and (in the background) counted down to when we will get to write messages and shar ...
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Nursing’s voice needs to be heard
11 August, 2016 by @EllzSummary
I like many others have been watching the highs and the lows of the 2016 RIO Olympic Games, cheering the participants, celebrating the success that the athletes training and perseverance have bought to individual competitors and to their countries. Whilst commiserating with the defeats, losses and inevitable accidents that occur.   It takes me back ...
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A day in tweets by the Deputy Chief Nurse @BurtonHospitals
11 August, 2016 by @MrAliG
Ever wondered what a day in the life of a Deputy Chief Nurse looks like? Well, on Tuesday 23rd of August Steven Forsyth (@MrAliG) Acting Deputy Chief Nurse Burton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be taking over the @WeNurses Twitter account for the day and Tweeting about all sorts of things ... givining us a real insight into his day.  Steve says ...
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#HereForNurses - WeCommunities & Cavell Nurses' Trust
02 August, 2016 by @wenurse
WeNurses was born on 4th July 2012 and as we’ve just passed our 4th birthday we want to reflect a little on why We do what We do – We started our social media journey wanting to connect nurses (which then later led to broader health care professionals under the umbrella of WeCommunities) in order to share ideas, experiences, expertise, information, ...
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WeActiveChallenge
01 August, 2016 by @WeNurses
We all know the benefits of being active, we tell our patients all the time! August slows down a little on Twitter as many of you are on leave or enjoying better weather (hopefully) in the evenings and the weekends so it's time to repeat our #WeActiveChallenge. Follow the guide below but in essence the idea is to fill Twitter with pictures us bein ...
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@CavellTrust supporting HCPs via WeCommunities
31 July, 2016 by @WeNurses
What seems like yonks ago, when we were planning #WeGetTogether, we came across the sticky matter of funding it, as part of the early planning stages in the tweetchats with you. Those conversations  raised the question too around funding how WeCommunities operates in general. For those that aren't aware there isn’t any funding and We relies on the ...
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Physical activity for early years
27 July, 2016 by @exerciseworks
The latest fabulous infographic on physical activity for early years from the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMO's) has just been published.     The key message for all health care professionals and community outreach workers is to encourage the family/carers of all children to help babies and toddlers: to move more, sit less and play together. This ...
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#WeActiveChallenge: the action starts in 2 weeks!
17 July, 2016 by @NaomiMcVey
    When?            1st – 31st August 2016 What?             A social media campaign & competition to help us all get active this summer Who?              ALL the WeCommunities Where?           On twitter!      Get active this summer with the #WeActiveChallenge Throughout August we’re asking all our communities, your families and friends to dust ...
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#ReValidation - my journey
13 July, 2016 by @JennytheM
My journey to Revalidation I recently completed my revalidation process for the first time . I have to say that looking back I enjoyed it and I'd like to share some tips that might help others to see it as a positive process . I may appear organised but I have to admit that when I receive a certificate of attendance or get feedback I usually leave ...
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Over Collaboration
12 July, 2016 by @NRCUK
Collaboration, that’s good right? Learning from each other, exploring best practices, crowd sourcing knowledge, avoiding reinventing the wheel, getting things right first time, taking everybodies needs in to account so your change is well adopted and valued… yes it is brilliant, I agree, let’s collaborate. This can be particularly important in an e ...
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We need your voice to be heard in our crowd.
06 July, 2016 by @jkfillingham
On Monday 4 July the online workshop to gain wider views on the Allied Health Professions (AHPs) emerging mandate for change opened. The emerging mandate describes: 4 ways AHPs will impact health & wider care system. 4 areas of commitment to achieve this change. 4 themes which AHPs need to focus on to deliver this. We would really like to ensure ...
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WeNurses Student Blog - July
06 July, 2016 by @PUNC14Julie
WeNurses Student Blog - July 2016 by Hannah Smith & Julie Woolman Topic - Future aspirations  Welcome to our monthly @WeNurses Student Nurse Blogs!   If you want to post a blog this month the subject is "Future Aspirations" this is to tie in with our Preceptorship discussion - Where do you see yourself when you qualify? What are your hopes? What ar ...
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#NursesTakeTen - Take two?
04 July, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
It's been over 6 months since I wrote the blog post "#NursesTakeTen" and I have a confession to make ... it wasnt until Gill Boast from @WeGPNs Direct Messaged me on Twitter that I realised how terrible I have been at taking ten minutes out a week to just do somthing relaxing.  I know that taking care of our own wellbeing is so important as nurses ...
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#WeScNs - July Share
04 July, 2016 by @MichelleSobande
#WeSCNs - Sharing learning throughout July   As we celebrate our 2 year anniversary here at WeScNs we have been reflecting on our journey together and discussing some exciting next steps for our community. In the last two years we have connected nearly 6,500 followers from around the globe and facilitated an incredible 33 chats. Feedback from our ...
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Comparing placements as a student nurse
29 June, 2016 by @bethanyhelina
Surviving my first year on placement: from the community to the wards For some of my fellow student nurses the thought of a community placement longer than two weeks strikes them stronger than a lightning bolt to the heart; limiting practice and lack of opportunity are a few factors that put some students off. I don’t believe I speak for myself whe ...
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A Healthy Conversation with AHPs
28 June, 2016 by @HindleLinda
In May we surveyed allied health professionals (AHPs) on what they think about public health as part of their professional practice. We did this to better understand to what extent public health is considered a core part of an AHP’s professional role in terms of prevention, health improvement and early intervention. We also wanted to find out what ...
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Can nurses remain apolitical and still advocate for patients?
24 June, 2016 by @TildaMc
I grew up in a family where politics was the normal dinner table chat. Coming from a working class Scottish/Irish family it was very much the politics of the left. I went with my Mum to CND rallies and Stop the War rallies. As a young nurse, as with emotional attachments to patients , I felt it unprofessional to be open about my political  views.As ...
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A chilling reflection - the hidden picture. Inaugural blog June 2016
23 June, 2016 by @EllzSummary
A chilling reflection – the hidden picture 23rd June 2016 Ellen Nicholson I need to say at the outset, I have never blogged before. I took part in a @WeCommunities chat on blogging prior to the June 2016 Royal College of Nursing Congress in Glasgow, and set myself the challenge to try and write a blog following congress. What I thought I’d try wr ...
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Thoughts about Work-place Stress
22 June, 2016 by @jomwlever
Thoughts about workplace stress based on empirical evidence June 2016-06-21 I am a Registered Nurse (Adult) with almost 20yrs experience as a staff nurse in an NHS Trust Hospital in the North West. I worked on an Orthopaedic Trauma ward when I first qualified. It was hard. Usually there were only 3 trained nurses for 28 patients and 3 or 4 Health ...
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Twitter for Revalidation & CPD
22 June, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
Following on from our Twitterversity posters we thought it may be a good idea to have a handy, printable, shareable poster explaining how Twitter can be used for Revalidation too .... so tadahhhh.... here it is (just right click to save to your device)  Do also check out the "How to get the best of #MyWe" guide for tweetchats & CPD! ...
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Student placements in PrimaryA Care
21 June, 2016 by @Kanead
On a day that the RCN Congress debate the future of nurse education and the change from bursaries to tuition fees, many of us are wondering how can the almost mythical predicted increase in student numbers can be accommodated. Many feel that mentors are already stretched between delivering patient care within the current pressurised healthcare aren ...
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Is It Me?
21 June, 2016 by @NRCUK
I’d say I’m passionate about the NHS, who wouldn’t be “free healthcare at the point of need”, it is a civilisation’s utopia is it not, part of it at least. For those that don’t know I’m in my mid 40s (the comfortable side for now) which means two things: I’ve grown up with tech (Nintendo Game & Watch) I’m not, fingers crossed, too far from needing ...
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Presenting for the first time
20 June, 2016 by @lockley_leeanne
Where do I begin? When my colleague got promoted from Band 6 to a Band 8a post? No. This happened because said friend was left in the lurch and I was her 'Get Out of Jail Free Card'!  Every six months Advancing Quality hosts a collaborative event where all delegates from the North West can attend. When said colleague had no one to present at her fi ...
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eRedbook for every parent
19 June, 2016 by @kennygibsonnhs
Every parent of each new born child in the UK receives a parent held record (Redbook by Harlow Printing) to help them understand the importance of their child’s development milestones and record key interventions, such as the child’s immunisations and visits to GP and HVs. These Redbooks are often part of every parents memory box, that shows us how ...
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Get Blogging with the WeBlog
16 June, 2016 by @WeNurses
The WeBlog is a way for you to blog about any healthcare subject and reflect and share beyond Twitters 140 characters.  It's really easy to post a blog on the WeBlog just click HERE to get started and follow the instructions below: ...
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Be there or be virtual - are you ready for #CAHPO16?
15 June, 2016 by @WeAHPs
@WeAHPs are busy preparing for next week which will see fellow tweeters meet on the evening of Wednesday 22 June, in readiness for the Chief Allied Health Professions Officers Conference the following day, Thursday 23 June. The Chief Allied Health Professions Conference builds on the 2015 theme of ‘AHPs as Innovators and Entrepreneurs’ to move to ‘ ...
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Twitterversity in a Poster !!!
12 June, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
A few people have asked recently if we could put together some info to help get colleagues tweeting ... well alothough we have had that info for a long time in the form of the Twitterversity we totally understand that sometimes people just need something they can print out, pin up, give out or even email around, so we have put the Twitterversity St ...
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WeAHPs and the politics of health
12 June, 2016 by @NaomiMcVey
There's no getting away from the fact that health and healthcare in the UK is political. The recent Junior Doctors’ strike, NHS bursaries, DH nursing, midwifery and allied health professions policy unit and the EU referendum demonstrate this. Increasingly social media can influence much of the debate, independent of mainstream press. We live in a d ...
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Letting go
06 June, 2016 by @johnwalsh88
By Karen Storey & John Walsh     “So while I still hate to readjust my thinking, still hate to give up old ways of perceiving and conceptualizing, yet at some deeper level I have, to a considerable degree, come to realize that these painful reorganizations are what is known as learning,”  - Carl Rogers.   Lauren can't sleep. Lauren keeps think ...
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WeNurses Student Blog - June
01 June, 2016 by @HannahSTN
WeNurses Student Blog - June 2016 by Hannah Smith & Julie Woolman Topic - Thoughts on your first crash call Welcome to the third of our monthly @WeNurses Student Nurse Blogs! Well done to everyone who wrote a blog last month your certificates will be on there way to you shortly.   If you want to post a blog this month the subject is "Your thoughts ...
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#MyWe a 3 of 3 How to get Best Value blog series - CPD
25 May, 2016 by @NRCUK
Completing the "How to get Best Value blog series" for #MyWe we finish on using it for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). You can see the complete series here covering badges and follows too. With a wide range of health focused roles represented across all the WeCommunities how we evidence our professional development varies, but continue t ...
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Happy Birthday #WeGPNs
23 May, 2016 by @louisebrady17
As a practice nurse   building trusting & therapeutic relationships with people in our local community is the cornerstone of our care. Finding out what people ‘know, feel & believe’ helps us to develop supportive, connective relationships. All of our staff in primary care work extremely hard to support our NHS each & every day!  The general practic ...
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#MyWe a 2 of 3 How to get Best Value blog series - Follows
23 May, 2016 by @NRCUK
"Here are some people we think you might like to follow..." says TwitterThat's great thanks Twitter, but if I want to use Twitter to connect professionally I may need a slightly more intelligent list of people to follow! (Don't tell anyone but I don't even know who Michelle Keegan is.)In this 2nd MyWe How To Blog (see the 1st one here on badges) we ...
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Allied Health Professionals & Public Health: 2016 Survey
07 May, 2016 by @annalowephysio
AHPs have such a huge role to play in preventative care. To further our understanding of this on Thursday 5 May a national public health survey was launched for AHPs and their teams.  The aim of the survey is to improve our understanding of; the preventative healthcare work that AHPs are incorporating into their roleshow AHPs feel about their evolv ...
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AHPs4PH
07 May, 2016 by @annalowephysio
AHPs4PH is a new Facebook group for allied health professionals with an interest in public health.  The site is being facilitated by a multi-professional team of AHPs to support the implementation of the AHP public health strategy produced by PHE and the 12 professional bodies.The key aim is to create a community of interest around public health by ...
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#MyWe a 1 of 3 How to get Best Value blog series - Badges
06 May, 2016 by @NRCUK
This series of 3 blogs is designed to help you get the best from the marvelous #MyWe tool embedded into your WeCommunities tweets.#MyWe has been purposefully designed to add value to being part of a tweeting WeCommunity, you can read more about how we made #MyWe happen here with continued thanks go to @danielsHCltd for funding the solution.Things y ...
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WeNurses Student Blog - May
04 May, 2016 by @PUNC14Julie
WeNurses Student Blog - April 2016 by Hannah Smith & Julie Woolman Topic - Coping with death & dying as a student nurse Welcome to the third of our monthly @WeNurses Student Nurse Blogs! Well done to everyone who wrote a blog last month your certificates will be on there way to you shortly.   If you want to post a blog this month the subject is "Co ...
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#WeActiveChallenge - There’s a chirp medal at stake!
02 May, 2016 by @jkfillingham
You are invited to the #WeActiveChallenge in August Last summer @WeAHPs challenged their professions to be role models and do a little more than they did before to promote healthy lifestyles.The #AHPsactive campaign commenced at the end of July 2015. Those taking part were asked to post a picture of themselves ‘getting active’ using the campaigns h ...
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Some Tweetchat Do's & Don'ts
22 April, 2016 by @wenurse
Some tweeters have been tweetchatting for ages now (a few years maybe) and many more are new to tweetchatting every day.Here in the WeCommunities we've run quite a few tweetchats, would you believe over 650 of them so far and you can find them all here too.These Do's & Don'ts are not rules, they aren't exhaustive and we hope they help those new to ...
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#AHPs co creating a mandate for change in England
18 April, 2016 by @jkfillingham
Last week we posted this blog which reported on plans for an online workshop to co-create a mandate for change for AHPs in England.This morning Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer launched the online workshop, take a look at her blog here.https://ahp.clevertogether.comSince launching at 8am this morning the site is already a h ...
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It Could Be YOU.... come join us
14 April, 2016 by @WeLDnurses
We are looking for a new student placement to join the @WeLDnurses team!We wanted to start being sharing @ross_6479's experiencewho has been amazing to work alongside as the recent @WeLDnurses student; we are super delighted too that he is remaining with us! We hope Ross's journey and feedback encourages you to apply, for which details are at the e ...
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#IND16 - a secret mission
11 April, 2016 by @WeNurses
May 12th is International Nurses Day (IND) and is a global day marking the birthday of Florence Nightingale, a lady who needs no introduction to nurses, the day is given its focus by The International Council of Nurses.This year’s focus is “A FORCE FOR CHANGE: IMPROVING HEALTH SYSTEMS' RESILIENCE” full details and downloads here.How can we, as a tw ...
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BREAKING NEWS for #AHPs in England
11 April, 2016 by @jkfillingham
Is there collective action that AHPs could take to support the delivery of what will be required in the future care landscape of England?Today, Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England announced plans for an online workshop to co-create a mandate for change. Take a look at her blog here.On 18 April, all AHPs in England ...
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#EHWK16 tweetmeet Olympia 20th April
07 April, 2016 by @WeNurses
There is much talk of technology in care these days; many of us see the gaps in the technology we use in our private lives and that that we as clinicians have access to. There are more than hundreds of companies out there trying to drive healthcare technology forward from diagnostics, clinical systems, smart rotas, mobile and shared information acc ...
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WeNurses Student Blog April 2016
06 April, 2016 by @PUNC14Julie
WeNurses Student Blog - April 2016 by Hannah Smith & Julie WoolmanTopic - Why did you choose nursing as a career? Welcome to the second of our monthly @WeNurses Student Nurse Blogs! Well done to everyone who wrote a blog last month your certificates will be on there way to you shortly.  If you want to read all of March's blog posts on Your first da ...
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Members of the NHS Healthy Workplace team #GetActive
06 April, 2016 by @jkfillingham
Last summer @WeAHPs challenged their professions to be role models and do a little more than they did before to promote healthy lifestyles. Plans are underway for the 2016 challenge. This year we will invite all WeCommunities to #GetActive in August. And, we’ve also got a surprise opportunity to earn bling! So watch this space for further details l ...
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#MyNursingDay
05 April, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
Last year for International Nurses Day we asked people to tweet about their nursing day via #MyNursingDay – some wonderful tweets were shared from all over the world creating a snapshot of nursing on #IND15 (International Nurses Day 2015) .  The tweets were captured HERE  and in total 366 nurses shared 844 photos that reached 2532411 twitter users ...
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Community Children’s Nurses unite!
04 April, 2016 by @hepworth_becky
When I first discovered twitter as a professional space to share information, network and connect with others, rather than following Gary Barlow, I started searching for other Children’s Community Nurses (CCNs).  We are a rather rare breed and usually work in small teams that are sometimes isolated from other CCN teams.  This was definitely the cas ...
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#WeAHPs tweetmeet!
28 March, 2016 by @WeAHPs
#WeAHPs Tweet MeetTweeters and non-tweeters welcome!The Dead Dolls House - 181 Upper Street, London, N1 1RQthedeaddollshouse.co.uk22nd June 2016from 6.30pm onwardsYou all know that we love networking virtually, but we also love an opportunity to meet face to face, important to shape successful communities; building relationships, sharing ideas, to ...
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WeNurses Student Blog
02 March, 2016 by @HannahSTN
WeNurses Student Blog - By Hannah Smith & Julie Woolman WeNurses are launching a new monthly blog for all of our lovely student nurse followers, and we want you to be part of it! One of our aims this year is to increase student participation and engagement within the @WeNurses community and after some brainstorming we have decided to launch @WeNurs ...
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WeNurses Student Blog - March 2016
02 March, 2016 by @HannahSTN
WeNurses Student Blog - March 2016 by Hannah SmithTopic - Your First Day Of PlacementWelcome to the first of our monthly @WeNurses Student Nurse Blogs! To start us off with something that we are sure everyone can relate to,we would like you to write about........Your First Day Of PlacementRefer to the infographic for instructions below or click HER ...
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Reflecting on #WGT16 plus some shareable
01 March, 2016 by @wenurse
We wanted to quite quickly give you all a few things back from #WGT16, primarily these are in support of spreading the value that you have all created, moving social media into the mainstream world of connecting, supporting and sharing best practice in healthcare, these being the overwhelming next steps from the day. These “things” were created by ...
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Journeys
28 February, 2016 by @Anniecoops
I will be getting into my car later today and driving to Salford to join friends and colleagues – and I hope some new people – at We Get Together; it really feels celebratory.It got me thinking about‘journeys’ and why this one was important.I joined Twitter in February 2009, a whole 7 years ago.  It took me a while to get going but there are two nu ...
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#WeMDT - what's that all about?
24 February, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
For seasoned WeTweeters you’ll be aware that the world of We is purposefully designed around your roles, you can find them all here, helping you connect and learn together with relevant peers to the care and practice you deliver, chatting via their dedicated We hashtag.This has created vibrant and valued communities, all run by volunteers, across w ...
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#WGT16 - LIVE COLLABORATIVE BLOG
21 February, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
This blog is a Live Blog documenting #WGT16.  The aim is that the many people travelling to Salford University on the 29th February 2016 and those who are also participating in the event via social media channels will write a commentary of the event.  Starting from the week before #WGT16 - On Monday 22nd Feb we would love people to record their pre ...
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Why We like #NHScollabor8
19 February, 2016 by @WeNurses
Today see's the launch of NHS Future Focused Finance @nhsFFF "Crossing professional boundaries - a toolkit for collaborative teamwork" you can learn more here.So why are We blogging about it?Well, pretty much every time we ask you what you get from tweeting the same few things crop up:Support from peersAccess to knowledgeAbility to learn across dis ...
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The Faraway Tree
12 February, 2016 by @VanessaLGarrity
THE FARAWAY TREE - By Vanessa Garrity (@VanessaLGarrity) and John Walsh (@JohnWalsh88) “I don't believe in things like that - fairies or brownies or magic or anything. It's old-fashioned.''Well, we must be jolly old-fashioned then,' said Bessie. 'Because we not only believe in the Faraway Tree and love our friends there, but we go to see them too - ...
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Trending
02 February, 2016 by @NRCUK
The what, when, how, why and is it important guide to "trending on Twitter"Your first encounter with trending  is or was probably somebody talking about something"trending" on Twitter.  This may have intrigued you to understand more about tweeting, or it may have confirmed that you totally don't "get" twitter as is just sounds more complicated than ...
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Getting to #WGT16
01 February, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
Can you believe that its only 4 weeks until #WGT16 ? It's fast approaching and whilst our thoughts are turning to all those little things that will make the day go smoothly we know that your thoughts are turning to travel plans.  So we thought that we would just make sure that you all know where you are going and how to get there:#WGT16 is being he ...
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WeCYPnurses present the WeGetTogether Bake Off #WGTBO
25 January, 2016 by @WeCYPnurses
Cake featured very highly in the early discussions about WeGetTogether and is obviously very important to many of you (including the @WeCYPnurses team).In case you've missed it here's info on WeGetTogether aka #WGT16 29th Feb 2016Are you a master baker? Do you make a mean lemon drizzle? Or are you a kitchen disaster area?      It doesn’t matter – h ...
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A HUGE hello to @WePharmerOZ
17 January, 2016 by @WePharmerOZ
The objective of @WePharmerOz - The Australian Pharmacist WeCommunity - is to get Aussie pharmacists talking with each other about topics that are relevant to us, at a time that is convenient to us, on a platform that is quick, concise, and flexible. Chat Sessions will run once a month based on popular topics, and will then occur more often based o ...
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Agenda for #WGT16
12 January, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
Drumroll please ........... Here is the agenda for WeGetTogether #WGT16  (With a who's who below too!)WeGetTogether will be held at Salford University's Maxwell Hall on 29th February 2016 - if you haven't yet booked your ticket then please follow this link to our Eventbrite booking page HEREMore details surrounding the networking and marketplace ti ...
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A student nurse perspective to @WeNurses
05 January, 2016 by @AgencyNurse
Before Christmas we put out a call for some Student Nurse help with WeNurses.  We wanted to be able to bring the student perspective to the account and to also give student nurses the opportunity to Tweet and network via WeNurses.After a bit of a selection process we are really excited to announce that we have two Student Nurses who will be helping ...
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Congratulations to Honoured Nurses
31 December, 2015 by @WeNurses
A huge well done for your hard work and recognition nurses in the New Year's Honours list 2016Below you'll see those honured for services to nursing: The full honours list is available here. ...
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#NursesTakeTen
31 December, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
Over the Christmas break I took some time out to just sit and read - I didn't read anything groundbreaking, or work related, or anything that would change my life ... I just read for the sheer pleasure of it.  As I unwound I was reminded of a picture that is frequently shared via Twitter and thought it was a good idea to give it another share: Have ...
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#WeFinance: Power in Numbers
15 December, 2015 by @WeFinance_
On a grey day in November a group of not so grey accountants drank a lot of coffee and determined to encourage their colleagues to collaborate, add value and to share best practice by joining the multitude of different nursing and clinical WeCommunities and so @WeFinance_ was born. Have you ever wished there was somewhere to share your views, chew ...
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#AHPsActive gets #WinterActive
11 December, 2015 by @WeAHPs
It’s winter here in the UK. The days are shorter, darker,wetter and colder. There’s been a lot of rain too.  With most weekday daylight hours spent workingindoors it’s harder to take part in physical activity, but daylight andexercise are important for our physical and mental health during the winter.Here at #WeAHPs we’ve been reflecting on our own ...
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#NHS4XmasNo1
09 December, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
Support for NHS tops 200K in the battle for Christmas No.1You may have seen the tweets around the hashtag #NHS4XmasNo1 cropping up more and more in your twitter stream of late - if you have wondered what it is all about the please read on: #NHS4XmasNo1 is "A charity single by NHS staff including doctors, nurses and physios is going head to head wit ...
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#WGT16 tickets
30 November, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
We wanted to share with you some fantastic news:****** Tickets for WeGetTogether #WGT16 are now available******Following some amazing crowdfunding and event sponsorship the costs of putting on #WGT16 have been covered, you said you would fund #WGT16  you did! Many, many thanks again to those crowdfunding and sponsoring the event in the many ways yo ...
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Do you want to be a @WeNurses student volunteer?
27 November, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
Would you like to be @WeNurses Student Volunteer?We are really pleased to announce an amazing opportunity for a First or Second Year Student Nurse to be part of the WeNurses Team.  We are looking for a passionate, social media savvy, innovative student nurse to help out during 2016 and be instrumental in driving nursing and social media forward. We ...
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STOP !!! - Its a #StopThePressure Twitter Takeover
18 November, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
November 19th is world #StopThePressure day and to raise awareness we will be holding a #WeNurses Twitter discussion around pressure ulcer prevention.  However, in a slightly different twist to our usual format where we have a guest in the room  Louise McKeeney (Lead responsibility for the TissueViability Service including the wound clinics in Cove ...
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YOU DID IT...
12 November, 2015 by @WeNurses
YOU DID IT!And it was amazing… do you remember the start of the #WeGetTogther journey? For us it started quite some time ago but it became a real possibility back in August when We finally caved in to the groundswell of requests to take theWeCommunities beyond twitter and meet up!Putting the ball firmly in your court We then looked to you to tell u ...
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#WGT16 NEWS
08 November, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
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We Take Social Media to @EHIlive
29 October, 2015 by @EHILive
Come and join lots of WeVolunteer tweeters and these great speakers at EHI Live on November 3rd and 4th at the NEC. We were very pleased to be invited back by EHILive to deliver the Social Media Village at the UK’s largest digital health show where the eHealth community meets.Not only have we got expert and passionate advice on hand in the Social M ...
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BOGOF on @WeNurses pins till christmas
24 October, 2015 by @WeNurses
The #LittleChirp @WeNurses pin badges are a great way to get people talking about twitter, people often notice them an ask what they are, especially those not on twitter (yet). They are also a great way to recognise tweeters in the real world of caring too.So we thought we would find away to help more @WeNurses pins make it out there and help start ...
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Top 10 Tips for TWEETCHATTING
21 October, 2015 by @WeGizmos
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#WGT16 NEWS !
15 October, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
CROWDFUNDING GOES LIVEWay back in September when we held our WeGetTogether planning chat funding was a big topic!A few of you suggested that we set up a crowdfunding page and we thought that this was a really good idea as it enables us to stay very close to our community values and social media roots .... so here it is:We have an aim of £6,000 fund ...
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@WeAHPS Benefits of social media survey - results
08 October, 2015 by @ShelaghAHP
The benefits of social media, #SoMe for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs); @WeAHPs Survey Monkey results.BackgroundOnTwitter #WeCommunities are run by healthcare professionals who believe passionately that through connecting people and sharing information, ideas and expertise, best practice can be shared with the aim of providing better patient ca ...
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Share the value of Social Media at #EHIlive
29 September, 2015 by @WeNurses
The time has come to offer you a wonderful invitation to raise awareness of the value we all get from being a tweeting healthcare professional.In 2014 volunteers from the WeCommunities attended @EHIlive at the NEC and we are delighted to have been invited back!We need your help if you are:A tweeter that is passionate about sharing the value you get ...
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Run @TheBestJoan....Run AND tweet too!
27 September, 2015 by @WeNurses
Today we saw somebody wonderful combine all their passion,energy and time to be amazing.Yes @TheBestJoan that person is you!Joan works so hard to raise awareness of the nursing role, support and create positive campaigns, puts on events and now he’s even a marathon runner too!On September 27th Joan successfully trained for and ran a fund raising ma ...
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Thank you for 1,000s of hours of WeCommitment
22 September, 2015 by @WeCommunities
The WeCommunities are humming along nicely, your support for creating and sharing the tweetchats, introducing new members and sharing your day-to-day lives with us and your tweeting peers is fab. Most of you know that the WeCommunties twitter accounts are run by a whole host of people ranging from service users, students, new qualified and very qua ...
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Introducing End Of Life Care discussions via @WeEOLC
21 September, 2015 by @WeEOLC
Traditionally the WeCommunities have a single role as their community focal point, this works well on the main and often value is found when the communities come together to chat about topics together, this has delivered significant multidisciplinary value.When a passionate team came to WeHQ with a desire to build a community based on supporting en ...
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#InCharge at NPNR
14 September, 2015 by @MissCherBear
All aboard for Manchester and the NPNR!The 21st International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research conference, organised by the RCN, is a two day conference held at the Manchester Conference Centre running over Thursday 17th and Friday 18th September 2015. We are a mixed group of newly qualified Mental Health Nurses and Senior Mental Health Lec ...
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Teaching Nurses to Tweet on Tuesday (#TANTTT) at #IP2015
13 September, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
From the 28th –30th September the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) is holding its Annual Conference in Liverpool  and we have been really lucky to be invited to “Hang Out” at the Daniels Health Care (@DanielsHCareLtd ) stand for the three days.  We would really love to make a huge impact whilst we are there and to share the value of tweeting, to ...
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How We Made MyWe happen
12 September, 2015 by @WeNurses
There comes a point when you just need help!As many of you already know the WeCommunities are run by a team of volunteers to bring you tweetchats and tweet alongside you. The communities are glued together by the founder Teresa Chinn MBE, with Nick Chinn looking after the technology we all use.When you've pushed all your tech to the limits, but s ...
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Introducing MyWe
12 September, 2015 by @NRCUK
Connecting, driving and supporting tweeting communities has been our strap line since day 1 and remains our core focus.Whilst a whole team of volunteers do a great job supporting daily engagement with you all, as well as run around 500 tweetchats a year, we felt there was more that could be done to deliver our strap line!With a little help from Dan ...
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Calling MH Students - is this you?
03 September, 2015 by @WeMHNurses
Attention all Mental Health Nursing StudentsIs this you??We have a unique and exciting voluntary opportunity for a dynamic and Social Media savvy Mental Health Nursing Student to join our team,working as part of @WeMHNurses and the wider @WeCommunities family.What is @WeMHNurses?@WeMHNurses is an established Twitter Community for Mental Health Nurs ...
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And the winner is ......
01 September, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
Wow what a wonderful last two weeks of Summer we have had tweeting and sharing all of your #AHPsActive and #NursesActive tweets and pictures.  The snapshots of you getting out and getting active have been amazing and really very diverse indeed .. we have seen photos of you camel riding, snorkelling, cycling, walking, running, climbing mountains, an ...
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Save the date? - #WeGetTogether
13 August, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
By Vanessa Garrity and Teresa ChinnSomething that has been suggested time and time again is that “We” hold a conference and“We” have to admit to burying our heads in the sand a little… ‘We’ have always agreed that it would be a great idea to get lots of Twitter people together offline, but we just couldn’t see how we could find the resources to pul ...
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Handing the #WeNurses keys over
11 August, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
About 2 weeks ago we sent out a blogshot asking the nurse community who would like to be #InCharge of @WeNurses for a day .... we only tweeted it twice and got a phenomenal response, so much so that we had to add in an extra day !!! Sooooo on Sunday 23rd August we will be handing over the @WeNurses keys and 5 lovely tweeting nurses will be #InCharg ...
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Get Active Challenge - #AHPsActive Vs #NursesActive
07 August, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
#AHPsActive has been amazingly successful so far this summer however we want to get a few more people out and about and moving …… so we have come up with a little competition:Get your trainers on:For the last two weeks of August  (17th – 30th) we want all you nurses and AHPs to dust off their trainers, get moving and tweet lots of pictures to share ...
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Do you want to be #InCharge?
05 August, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
Hello there lovely Tweeting Nurses ! It’s been a while since we last handed the @WeNurses Twitter handle over to anyone for a few days but it always goes so well, it really is wonderful to get different voices to tweet from the account and many of you have fed back about how much you enjoyed the hustle and bustle of having over 36 thousand follower ...
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A Gold Thank You
04 August, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
We have always counted ourselves very lucky that so many members of the nursing community are so actively involved in #WeNurses and have often felt that it was important to thank you all in some way but were at a loss as to how ? Then one miserable, rainy afternoon a few months back we were watching Blue Peter and the "Gold Blue Peter Badge" made a ...
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#AHPsActive - An NHS workforce "fit" for purpose
31 July, 2015 by @exerciseworks
By Ann Gates, MRPharmS,CEO Exercise Works! Member of the World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders Programme 2014/15.The role of Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has never been more critical 1.The health burden of illness, pain, health inequalities, disability and death from Great ...
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Can you help @WeLDnurses?
06 July, 2015 by @WeLDnurses
We are very excited to have been asked to support RCNi’s first annual Learning Disability Practice conference, which will be held in Manchester on September 30th 2015. Being able to share conference content via twitter with those that can’t attend is a really great way to make sure conferences have as much value as possible to as many possible.RCN ...
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We have arrived ....
06 July, 2015 by @elainemcinnes1
Hello I am Elaine McInnes, one of the new #WeHVs twitter team. Health visiting has gone through an unprecedented growth over the past 4 years through ‘Call to Action’. The service is ‘transformed’ and ready to lead the under 5s years to a better future through improved preventative and universal public health. The army of highly skilled and motiva ...
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SCPHN SN's are you out there?
06 July, 2015 by @WeSchoolNurses
Thanks for taking the time to find out more about this voluntary opportunity for a Student School Nurse to work as part of @WeSchoolNurses and the wider @We Communities family.@WeSchoolNurses was established in 2014 to support the national DH School Nursing strategy.Over the intervening year, we have led and facilitated two weekly chats, enabling S ...
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My “Felines” about Critical Appraisal - #WeCATS
29 June, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
The much awaited Critical Appraisal Twitter Session #WeCATS took place last week and I have to admit I am “feline” good about it (see what I did there!) It was great to see so many people come together from sure diverse background to share some learning in this very open space… however there are some personal learning points that, as a novice criti ...
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#WhyWeDoResearch
18 June, 2015 by @ClaireW_UK
I am Claire Gibbs, one half of the originators of the #WhyWeDoResearch campaign. This time last year I was not in the twittersphere and not particularly interesting in joining. However in the spirit of being a Senior Clinical Research Nurse, and therefore living and breathing research development (R&D) and innovation every day, I felt I should give ...
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Be a tweeting nurse ambassador at #RCN15
16 June, 2015 by @WeNurses
Are you heading to #RCN15?Are you a passionate tweeting nurse advocate?Would you like to share how and why you tweet? Yes... keep reading! @WeNurses has teamed up the @theRCN to hand out 100 free ( YES - 100 FREE) tweeting nurse t-shirts at #RCN15!If you would be happy to share "Why and How" to tweet, as a nurse, then here's a great opportunity to ...
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Tweeting from events like #RCN15
15 June, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
#RCN15With many health care professionals using twitter to connect, learn and share We thought it about time we created a guide to tweeting from events, with #RCN15 coming up and lots of nurses attending this seemed like a great time to do it! We've broken the main aspects of event tweeting to 5 essential building blocks, in a nice a simple way, to ...
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A little peek through the Periscope
09 June, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
You may or may not have noticed the emergence of “Periscope” the new live streaming app to hit our mobile phones. Periscope allows you to broadcast – and watch – live events from your mobile phone, from a walk in the park to a live speech made by Jeremy Hunt at #Confed2015. It’s a really simple form of social media and requires no techy knowledge ...
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#CAHPO15 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship
08 June, 2015 by @WeAHPs
On the 28th May 2015, Make Business your Business, hosted by @VickiGilman and @ChrisMarty was a fantastic tweetchat for #WeAHPs on entrepreneurship within healthcare. To many people on the frontline, business can seem like a bit of a dirty word. To many, business means focus on costs, not care. That means poor quality of care and becoming financial ...
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Critical Appraisal CATS ?? - #WeCATS
01 June, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
Once upon a time … not so very long ago at all … well in fact earlier this year … WeCommunities travelled to Oxford to meet with The Mental Elf, Cochrane UK and CASP UK to talk about evidence and social media. Since then we have been busily plotting and planning about how we can support the development of critical appraisal skills within the social ...
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An ordinary day - #MyNursingDay
10 May, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
With International Nurses Day just days away and the big WeNurses and 6Cs Live #MyNursingDay share getting closer I was starting feeling a little down as many tweets being shared are of the exciting things nurses are planning for the day, and for me International Nurses day this year will be just an ordinary day spent in my office, planning some W ...
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Tweeting about Dying Matters
05 May, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
Talk, Plan, Live –Tweeting during Dying Matters Awareness WeekThe 18th - 24th May 2015 sees the sixth annual Dying Matters Awareness Week – this year “We” have decided to get involved and run a whole week of events focussed on end of life care. The theme for this years Dying Matters Awareness week is “Talk, Plan, Live” so we have come up with thre ...
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Social media and #AHPs
28 April, 2015 by @ShelaghAHP
A couple of weeks ago, @WeAHPs asked me to write a short article on ‘what the benefits are for AHPs of using social media?’.First things first. Let's deal with the elephant in the room:What is an “AHP?”Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) provide diagnosis, treatment and help rehabilitate adults and children who are ill, have disabilities or special ...
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Using nursing tweetchats for CPD - again !
27 April, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
Waaaayyyy back in 2012 we wrote a little blog about How to get the best out of Twitter chats for CPD and since then we have been doing a whole heap of tweet chatting !!! However things have moved forward slightly and in the light of revalidation for nurses coming into force we thought it was about time we revisited our thoughts on Twitter chats and ...
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Sharing a passion for Practice Nursing - @WeGPNs
27 April, 2015 by @WeGPNs
Introducing the wonderful @WeGPNs - a We Community entirely dedicated to General Practice Nurses:"@WeGPNs is a group of General Practice Nurses who met through Twitter. The group initially comprises of practice nurses, a nurse practitioner and a student who all share a passion for the role of the practice nurse and the contribution they make to the ...
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It's great to tweet you
22 April, 2015 by @ross_6479
#PC15 I can't believe I'm tweeting... I have been converted. Thank you whirlwind cafe for setting me up @WeLDnurses @salsa442 @dmarsden49— Lynsey Davies (@lynseyd21) April 17, 2015 As I read through the many reflective tweets and fondly reminisce over the great few days I have experienced at positive choices 2015, I gladly take the opportunity to ...
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#MyNursingDay
20 April, 2015 by @WeNurses
As International Nurses Day fast approaches our thoughts turn to the wonderful work of nurses all over the world – however we know that no matter what day it is, whether its International Nurses Day, Christmas Day, Easter Sunday or even just plain old Monday nurses are always working hard to provide compassionate care. So for the week around Inter ...
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New kids on the block
16 April, 2015 by @WeMedSts
Hello WeCommunities! Introducing a new school for thought run by medical students, we’ll be discussing fresh topics that healthcare students today may feel passionately about, especially in shaping learning across different specialties and teams!Medicine today has embraced the popularity of sharing of resources on an instantaneous level; the FOAMed ...
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Advancing Healthcare Awards
12 April, 2015 by @WeAHPs
AHPs, almost hidden professionals (@Prof_IeuanEllis )?… not at the Advancing Healthcare Awards!@WeAHPs can’t resist a celebration, so when we received an invite to the Advancing Healthcare Awards we were delighted. The awards are UK Awards for allied health professionals (AHPs), healthcare scientists and those who work alongside them. They are org ...
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Nursing is ....
09 April, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
Sometimes we all need a little inspiration so we thought that we would take the time to collate and word cloud all of your "Nursing is...?" tweets .... they made us very proud to be part of this wonderful profession .... happy reading :D (expand on pinterest here)  ...
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@WeAHPs at the Westminster Health Forum with @WHFEvents
08 March, 2015 by @WeAHPs
@WeAHPs at the Westminster Health ForumHot on the heels of the recent Guardian Healthcare article on allied health professions we are delighted that @WeAHPs have been offered the opportunity to tweet from the Westminster Health Forum on the morning of Tuesday 17th March: ‘Realising the potential of Allied Health Professionals: policy priorities, in ...
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Become a @WeMidwives student volunteer ...
08 March, 2015 by @sagefemme
@WeMidwives as a temporary vacancy for an enthusiastic student midwife to join the team of Sheena, Jen and Dawn. We want to offer this as a development opportunity for someone who recognises the importance of evidence based, reflective practice and how that can be achieved through 21st century networking using social media. It’s an internship which ...
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CYP We has arrived
17 February, 2015 by @WeCYPnurses
WeNurses is an extremely popular well used twitter forum used widely by a variety of professionals working with children and young people as well as their parents and carers.The We community has been expanding recently with a notable absence of @weCYPnurses until now ... we welcome participants from all health & social care professionals and carers ...
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2 days to talk tech!
11 February, 2015 by @HIMSS_UK
Technology in healthcare has never been higher on the agenda and is seen as being vital to support the growing and complex patient demand in emergency, acute and community care… but are nurses involved in technology design, innovation or even purchasing? The 3rd and 4th of March sees a two day event focused on technology in healthcare based in Lon ...
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New Beginnings
10 February, 2015 by @WeAHPs
We’ve been absolutely thrilled at the enthusiasm and messages of support we have received since starting @WeAHPs last weekend. In this launch blog we’re hoping to set out our vision for the community - the why, what, when and how of #WeAHPs, as well as how you can get involved and help shape the community over the next few months and beyond. Why #W ...
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WANTED: Wonderful Student Nurse Tweeters
05 February, 2015 by @AgencyNurse
We never like to stand still here at “We” and it seems that we are always experimenting and trying out new things – some of which work and some of which don’t – however the point is we keep moving and hopefully in a general forward direction !! A few weeks back we held a little experiment with the help at Salford University’s Lucy Gardner (@lugardC ...
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The @WeLDnurses need you - vacancy open!
11 January, 2015 by @WeLDnurses
Hot off the press!  @WeLDNurses has a temporary vacancy for a Student Learning Disability Nurse to join the team of Sal, Sam and Daniel. We want to offer this as a development opportunity for someone who recognises the importance of evidence based, reflective practice and how that can be achieved through 21st century networking using social media.  ...
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#yespleasesendmetothetwitterconference
10 December, 2014 by @AgencyNurse
So Christmas is over, the New Year is yet to start and it’s that funny in-between time .. so we thought that we would get you all excited with a wonderful after Christmas / pre New Year giveaway .The fab folk at Healthcare Conferences UK are hosting a Twitter conference in the New Year:A Practical Guide to developing your skills in Social MediaTWIT ...
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Making a difference is 6Csy
03 December, 2014 by @RoaringNurse
My name is Joan Pons Laplana. I am the East Midlands Care Maker and NHS Change Day Coordinator and also a very proud Nurse.As a Frontline staff my colleagues an I sometimes we feel a bit disconnected and disengaged in what is happening in the NHS. Very often we miss the bigger picture. For the past two years I have been working very hard trying to ...
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Merry Christmas Nurses
01 December, 2014 by @AgencyNurse
We all know that nursing never stops, hospitals, care homes and community work does not stop just because its Christmas, nurse care 365 days a year.  So to show our appreciation for nurses working all over the Christmas period we are running a Christmas Day Thunderclap.  On Christmas day at 7.30am we are hoping to create some nursing festive thunde ...
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#StudentsInCharge
01 December, 2014 by @AgencyNurse
As we hurtle towards Christmas we felt that it was about time we had another Twitter Takeover .... only this time we are putting the Student Nurses in charge of @WeNurses! For five days over December we have five Student Nurses taking over the @WeNurses account, each bringing their own unique perspective and experiences to the account.  Here is a l ...
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Sharing your tweeting 2014
28 November, 2014 by @WeNurses
Last year #littlechirp took us through his 12 days of Christmas; you can see them all here on the “many guises of #LittleChirp” Pinterest board.This year the WeCommunities have been quite unbelievably busy, working to create and share value with so many health organisations and most importantly being here in this open space with all of you. We’ve ...
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Happy 2nd Birthday @WeLDNurses
03 November, 2014 by @dmarsden49
Last month @weldnurses celebrated its second birthday with a planning meeting. Hard to believe that two years down the line and this is only the third time that- Sam, Michelle, Sally and myself met together, I think it is fair to say we are virtual team! Those two years have gone swiftly and with your help we have achieved or are achieving the thre ...
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Where are all the tweeting doctors?
31 October, 2014 by @JulzRasmussen
I’ve been asking myself this question for some time ‘’Where are all the tweeting doctors?’’.I joined Twitter in August 2013. I wasn't keen at first. To be honest, the purpose of Twitter wasn’t clear to me. I just didn’t get it. I thought twittering was all about sharing useless stuff and I felt uncomfortable with the idea of ‘Followers’ and ‘Fol ...
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One nurse tweeting about ebola
30 October, 2014 by @kayfrazer
Kay Frazer is a palliative care nurse who is trying to make a difference by raising awareness via social media of the Ebola Crisis and the need for compassionate care in West Africa. Read her emotive open letter below:Dear fellow nurses ( @wenurses ) I'm Kay, and I have been a Palliative Care nurse since 2001. There are many reasons why I love thi ...
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#WeMHNs Virtual Book Club
27 October, 2014 by @VanessaLGarrity
We are excited to announce the arrival of our three monthly book club. We hope that this will be a social opportunity for us to meet and have a chat about a book chosen by ourselves and our community members. We particularly want to focus on novels with a mental health theme, but will also consider lighter Mental Health Text books that are topical ...
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Patient privacy & safeguarding for the digital generation
14 October, 2014 by @jimmyendicott
In this smartphone age, healthcare providers are encouraged to be digital by default. Whilst service users administrate their lives on mobile devices, we aspire to offer them more choice around how they communicate with us. You’ve probably noticed how access to our services is increasingly provided via websites, email, social media, mobile apps a ...
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You may have noticed a few changes
25 September, 2014 by @AgencyNurse
Those of you who are alert and orientated will have noticed that there have been a few changes to our website. We have been very busy here at We HQ over the past few months and hope that this little bit of added functionality will meet with your approval.   So what’s new? Well ……           There’s a new and improved Twitterversity  You are now abl ...
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#EBP – Sharing Evidence Based Practice
24 July, 2014 by @AgencyNurse
We all know the importance of ensuring that our practice is evidence based and right from the very start social media has been used to disseminate evidence, knowledge and, in short, some very useful healthcare related stuff! Twitter discussions are becoming a brilliant way to share all this very useful stuff in a short space of time … but there is ...
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Jump? A refelction on the 2nd birthday of @WeNurses
03 July, 2014 by @AgencyNurse
Have you ever stood on the edge of a cliff just wondering if you really can fly? Of course I don't mean literally as that would be … well suicide … I mean metaphorically, have you ever taken that moment to ask yourself “can I really do this?” Well this was me two years ago, standing on the edge wondering if I should jump. On one side of me I had fr ...
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What "cool" Social Media should you use to connect to young
17 June, 2014 by @jimmyendicott
At a recent quick conversation with some secondary school students I asked, “What social media apps and sites are currently cool?” I realise, of course, by saying “cool” I looked decidedly old, but it seemed a cooler alternative to “trendy”.   Their responses taught me a valuable lesson - being down with the kids requires ...
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Welcoming @WeSchoolNurses
26 May, 2014 by @WeSchoolNurses
Social media and tweeting is becoming increasing popular with health care professionals and is providing a much needed platform for nurses to network, share and support each other. Interestingly social media has been embraced by school nurses – the number of school nurses tweeting has steadily grown and indeed continues to increase. This could be d ...
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International Nurses and Midwives day 2014
27 April, 2014 by @WeNurses
Last year on International Nurses Day #WeNurses held a Twitter discussion that asked “What is your Nursing History?” We asked Nurses to share their nursing past and what makes them proud to be a nurse – and we were inundated with pictures, tweets and blogs … we even made this video (which we have been showing to nurses at conferences over the cours ...
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A blog to launch 1000 tweeting nurses (or more)
14 April, 2014 by @Gray3Gray
So around two years ago whilst watching Sky news, Eamonn Holmes says, “Tweet us and let us know your thoughts”. What is this twitter and tweeting lark, I thought? So later that day I signed up, followed a few famous people (Richard Branson seems popular), read some profiles and sat and waited….nothing.   Then one day one of my managers ...
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Growing The #WeMHNurses Team
11 April, 2014 by @WeMHNurses
Says Alison: Every now and again in the sociable online health community, something different and new reveals itself to me in a moment of insight, clarity and understanding. These moments always happen in the context of a conversation that I've had with someone – and there it is - the noise of a penny dropping in my brain. One of my ...
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@NHSchangeday drives Social Media access at @GEHNHSnews
06 April, 2014 by @WeNurses
The #WeNurses community is by default no stranger to the value of social media; we are also no stranger to the value that patients get from this space too. It was infact over a year ago we had a then record breaking #WeNurses discussion that evidenced this. But social media is ingrained in every aspect of so many of our lives now, for many it is ...
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Your 40,000th tweet
05 February, 2014 by @WeNurses
When we first set out to develop WeNurses we just took it one Tweet at a time … quite literally .. one Tweet, one person, one opportunity to make a difference and indeed we can often be heard to say that if you make a difference to one person you have made a difference to one person! Somehow the idea that we could have sent somewhere close to 40,00 ...
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A month of learning - on twitter of course!
03 February, 2014 by @WeNurses
At last we can say that January is over – as beyond New Years Day January can be pretty dull and monotonous, more so this year with the never ending rain! So we here we are at the start of February and the focus of many twitter discussions this month is learning. We have never before had such a strong theme running throughout one month but it seems ...
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Calling all Clinical Research Nurses - open data
26 January, 2014 by @WeNurses
Over the past couple of months in conjunction with Parafinale Research we have run two surveys around the role of the clinical research nurse and the discussion we held on clinical research nursing. We wanted to see how effective a tweet chat is at influencing perceptions and improving awareness of the role of the Research Nurse? Thank you to all w ...
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#InCharge - the nurses are back in charge of @WeNurses
02 December, 2013 by @WeNurses
Following the amazing success of our #InCharge days in October we are doing it again on 15th , 16th , 17th and 18th of December!!! @WeNurses  is changing and we will have four guest tweeters taking over for a day each. As in October each of our guests has a slightly different perspective and area of expertise and experience, so we hope that it will ...
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Welcoming LDnursechat into the We family as @WeLDnurses
21 November, 2013 by @WeLDnurses
A lot can happen in 14 months; in fact a lot has happened in the last 14 months. After four learning disability nurses (two students at the time) connected through a @WeNurses twitter chat, a gap was noticed and an idea was formed, this idea would become known as @LDnursechat.   As a newborn project we had no clear idea ...
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Dear #NurseCommunity..we need your help at #CNOsummit
20 November, 2013 by @WeNurses
CNOtweets at the #CNOsummit   On Wednesday, November 27th, WeNurses, WeLDnurses and MHNurseChat are off to the Chief Nursing Officers conference – The CNO Summit. We all feel very excited to be presenting our seminar “A ‘How to' guide to social media and mobile technology – Understanding the benefits and practicalitie ...
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Nurse tweet from The House of Commons
12 November, 2013 by @WeNurses
Have you ever wondered how Parliament explores and scrutinises our health policies? Well now it is not only your chance to understand this process but also witness it too by tweeting live from the House of Commons!   A few weeks ago @WeNurses founder @AgencyNurse and student nurse @MrsCFlatt were invited by @CommonsHealth ...
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Introducing My Health Skills, a new social media platform
02 October, 2013 by @WeNurses
 Do you know the @WeNurses strap line? Our strap line guides everything we do, keeps us focused and we think has helped work along side nurses and AHP to build a growing, valuable community (It's just above here if you've not spotted it before). So when we were offered the opportunity to learn more about this new social platform to help nurses and ...
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#InCharge
30 September, 2013 by @AgencyNurse
Ever thought what you would tweet about if you were @WeNurses for a day? What would you highlight to 10,000 followers? How would you engage? What would you say?   Next week @WeNurses is changing and we will have four guest tweeters taking over for a day each. Each of our guests has a slightly ...
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Social Media, Privacy, and Professionalism
22 September, 2013 by @MJHartley2013
The recent case at the NMC involving the suspension of children's nurse, Allison Hopton, for offensive postings on Facebook, appears to have drawn much more interest from nurses and the media than any other similar case I can remember. There are countless examples of nurses dismissed by their employers who have then received a striking off or suspe ...
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Embracing Digital Education for Nursing
09 September, 2013 by @MHNurseLecturer
This is the original article text for my @WeNurses WebBlog Article on Embracing Digital Education for Nursing. Teresa Chinn invited me to write this blog article for @WeNurses over at WeNurses.co.uk as she became aware of how we are developing the integration of social media use, and twitter chats in particular, in our pre-registration nursing curr ...
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Launching our Community Blog
28 July, 2013 by @AgencyNurse
We have had great success supporting the creation of several different tweeting healthcare professional communities via the WeNurses website, from nursing of a few types then expanding on to midwives, paramedics and pharmacists. Many of us enjoy the regular tweet chats, connecting on twitter and learning by sharing our views, content and supporting ...
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Writing Sister Tweeter
11 July, 2013 by @WeNurses
Those eagled eyed surfers amongst you may have noticed that the “coming soon” notice on our Sister Tweeter page of our Twitterversity has been there for quite sometime ... in fact nearly a year now ! With so many of you now being very proficient tweeters ready to share your tips and how to use twitter at an advance level we thought you could write ...
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Post reflections on a twitter party
11 July, 2013 by @RayFWalker
How is it you can feel more nervous on a tweet chat than presenting to an audiences in the hundreds? weird but true   It felt like I was preparing for something really special and important, like a job interview or a presentation. I only worry about important things, and then it hit me this was more important to me than I first realised, Doh!   It ...
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6Cs Live! Communication Hub Launch
03 July, 2013 by @6CsLive
Care, compassion, commitment, communication, competence and courage have been associated as nursing values for many years – albeit on an unofficial and unspoken level . However last year a new vision and strategy for nursing was developed by Jane Cummings and Viv Bennet, putting these values at the heart of nursing. As part of that development WeNu ...
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7000
19 June, 2013 by @AgencyNurse
Today we have reached the 7000 follower stage which is a massive achievement for us as it is 1% of the UK nursing population. Ok so there are a few followers who may not be nurses amongst the 7000 but from the very beginning I have always maintained that everyone is welcome at WeNurses – student nurses, CNOs, service users, carers, relatives and ot ...
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SOS
23 April, 2013 by @WeNurses
Getting involved in politics & campaigns is not something that WeNurses usually does as a rule … but every so often something comes along that makes us rethink and the Nursing Times Speak Out Safely campaign has done just that.   Over the past few years we have found that the #NurseCommunity on Twitter has gone from stren ...
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Sharing the pride to CARE
06 April, 2013 by @AgencyNurse
WeNurses connects nurses through regular tweet chats, we drive through workshops, encouragement and engaging with nurses 24/7 on twitter and we support the community by being a channel to share the needs of nurses out to the @WeNurses twitter followers, and every now and again the community does something amazing…   Here ...
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Host your own #WeNurses
22 January, 2013 by @WeNurses
Following the New Year #WeNurses chat that looked forward to 2013 we have had a great response from people wanting to be guest hosts, so we thought that we would put this into action:   Guest hosting a #We... chat is a great way for individuals to share the specialist knowledge and expertise that you have with the online communi ...
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Real action from #MyAction
04 January, 2013 by @PhilipRABall
In early 2012 I really began to get into #Twitter ; I soon found a community of nurses with a wide range of backgrounds, joining in conversations. As an older nurse, (I qualified as an SRN under the General Nursing Council, and when black and white photos were still common), I found #Twitter presented an exc ...
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#OnDuty Sharing the shifts with thise on duty over Xmas/NYE
31 December, 2012 by @WeNurses
Whilst we don't see Christmas trees on wards these days, captured above in 1957 in the surgical ward at the Duchess of York Hospital, many nurses (and other health & non-health service providers) will be continuing there work as normal, or nearly as normal. While the rest of the country is spending time with friends and family recharging, many of ...
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#WeNurses summary video of 2012
20 December, 2012 by @WeNurses
Thank you to all of you from the bottom of our hearts it's been an amazing year (6 months in fact) with you all helping to make #WeNurses happen. We have put together some of the many highlights from our first six months of "connecting, driving and supporting" the nursing community, but without your support #WeNu ...
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#WeNurses ON TOUR - sharing how & why nurses should tweet
20 December, 2012 by @WeNurses
#OnTour dates confirmed   Birmingham – 15th Feb 1pm #BMGnurses Dorset - 1st March 10am and 1pm #DorsetNurses Manchester – 8th March 10am and 1pm #MCRnurses   Tweet us for me details, with continued thanks to @Incredibly_Easy for funding these visits to support nurses new to tweeting.   ...
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Social Media & Midwives 2012-13
17 December, 2012 by @WeMidwives
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CareMakers took Twitter to CNO2012 and #CNO2012 to Twitter
07 December, 2012 by @WeNurses
To be at the very start of something is a privilege but being at the start of something as inspiring as our (and it really is ours) nursing vision and strategy and the birth of the CareMakers at #CNO2012 was not just a privilege but also inspiring, energising and exciting. The experience of being part of the ...
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#WeNurses top 10 videos
28 November, 2012 by @WeNurses
#WeNurses top 10 videos (+ a couple more!) By @WeNurses & the tweeting nurse community   We see Twitter as the glue that help us as nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals connect and communicate with each other to build new relationships regardless of our location, job role, branch etc.   As we a ...
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The #NurseCummunity #6Cs stats & Infographic **AMAZING**
17 November, 2012 by @WeNurses
How we used twitter to talk about the #6cs by WeNurses & the #NurseCommunity  Friday 16 th November was the cut-off date for providing views on Jane Cummings (Chief Nursing Officer for England) and Viv Bennetts (Department of Health Nursing Director) c ...
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Social media for healthcare research ..
13 November, 2012 by @WeNurses
A Commentary on the Potential for Social Media for Healthcare Research – Include, Involve, Inform... by Carolyn Dawson   In traditional Healthcare research it is often hard to get participants together – the joy of using Social Media, uch as the #WeNurses TwitterChats is that here, everyone can join from far and ...
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Taking 6C's action with #MyAction...
05 November, 2012 by @WeNurses
#MyAction Tweety !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");    For those of you on the ball you will have not ...
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Last night Twitter "saved my life"...
31 October, 2012 by @salsa442
Last night twitter saved my life..... By @Salsa442   As a registered Learning Disability nurse with some years experience, I returned from maternity leave to work part time in the job I loved, managing respite services for people with LD and complex health needs. It was a difficult decision to go back to work, and I opted ...
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Introducing & Welcoming #WeMidwives
29 October, 2012 by @WeMidwives
Introducing & Welcoming #WeMidwives By @WeMidwives & @WeNurses   As tweeting is adopted by more and more healthcare professionals, enjoying the value of a peer based online community, we are very excited to launch a new chat to sit alongside those supported by the WeNurses website.   In September the LD ...
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What's #WeNurses?
28 October, 2012 by @WeNurses
  What's #WeNurses? Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");   Not only do we get as ...
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Learning disability nursing and the CNO's Vision for Nursing
27 October, 2012 by @dmarsden49
Learning disability nursing and the CNO's Vision for Nursing By Daniel Marsden @dmarsden49   A few weeks ago I was talking to a musician friend who was mournfully explaining to me about how he wished he had been alive in the 1960's, as he perceived that to be the golden age of music, he then reeled off his about ...
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The importance of being engaging
26 October, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
I am a strong advocate a community approach to Twitter and believe that community needs to be at the heart of all we do on Twitter – in my series of blogs Twitter And The Elephant I extolled the virtues of community stating “The success of Twitter is down to the community approach – there is no point in just taking what you want from this network a ...
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Tweet Chats made simple...
26 October, 2012 by @WeNurses
Tweet chats made simple... by @WeNurses   If you are new to Twitter or haven't joined a tweet chat before we have made it nice and simple for you, we hope you find the following guide and tips useful!   Twitter chats are often regular chats that take place at a specific time around a predet ...
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The New Vision For Nursing: Important Dates for your Diary
25 October, 2012 by @WeNurses
The new vision for nursing: Important dates for you diary   Last month Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England and Viv Bennett, DH Director for Nursing published a document called “Developing the culture of compassionate care: Creating a new vision for nurses, midwives and care-givers” The docume ...
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Is Anybody Out There
02 October, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
Is Anybody Out There? by Teresa Chinn   I have always been passionate about nursing and have always loved my job but two years ago I felt frustrated and isolated. I felt that I needed to reach out to other nurses and it was through this need that I started my journey in social media, in November 2010 I w ...
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The 6 C's & NHS Change Model
01 October, 2012 by @MandyHollis3
The 6 C's & NHS Change Model Part 2: My wall of inspiration by Mandy Hollis   Part 1 was about my ideas for adopting the principles of social media. Part 2 is about Jane Cummins 6C's of Nursing, how I came to link this to the NHS Change Model and a bit about how this links with Social Media. ...
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How I Use Social Media To Complement My Work
26 September, 2012 by @S_Amani
How I Use Social Media To Complement My Work by Sarah Amani   One of the biggest criticisms of social media is its potential to diminish performance by wasting time & encouraging procrastination. Whilst this is a potential risk, I am going to talk about my p ...
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Social Media 1 - 0 Networks
21 September, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
Social Media 1 - 0 Networks by Teresa Chinn I am sure that I have mentioned before that I am very lucky to have one foot in the nursing world and one foot in the social media world, I am privileged to know some great nurses and some great social media people too. Over the last year or so I have been party to many conversations that have deb ...
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The 6 C's & NHS Change Model
19 September, 2012 by @MandyHollis3
The 6 C's & NHS Change Model Part 1: Coffee - The Original Wonder Drug by Mandy Hollis   There is a poster on my wall that says ‘Drink Coffee Do Stupid Things Faster with More Energy'. When I started on this journey, I wouldn't say I thought my ideas were stupid, but you would have been forgiven ...
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From @Ninjabetic1 @Type1Nurse
16 September, 2012 by @ninjabetic1
Becoming @Type1Nurse   People have been asking me why I want to become a nurse. Why I have suddenly decided to take this path when I have been so indecisive about my future and where it was going before.   10 years ago at the age of 16 my life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. My ...
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Tweeting for an NHS Trust
13 September, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
Tweeting for an NHS Trust   Following a recent blog entitled "The war of the roses" where we explored the style of @NHSleeds tweets following a conversation "with them" on Twitter including several other trusts, @NHSmanchester for one. Consequently we were delighted to be able to work with @NHSleeds to look a little deepe ...
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From Students to CNO's
11 September, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
From Students to CNOs   One of the great things about using Twitter as a nurse is the wonderful nurses that I meet. I not only get a real sense of fellowship and community from the Nurse Twitterverse but as @kathjlo tweeted recently I also get “the knowledge that so many of us are still v passionate about it!! I feel it's ...
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Twitter Communities: Part 3 (Sharing The Elephant)
07 September, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
Twitter communities: Part 3 Sharing The Whole Elephant   In part 1 and in part 2 of this blog we explored peoples differing views of Twitter and compared this to the John G Saxe poem “The blind men and the elephant” and we then went on to look at what the whole of the Twitter elephant looks like. However ...
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Hello #LDnurse chat bought to you via @LDnursechat
07 September, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
Hello #LDnursechat   As more and more nurses identify the value of social media it is no wonder that specialty nursing groups will need to connect on more often with each other than maybe other nursing cohorts.   To that end we are really excited that @LDnursechat has been launched by a group of experienc ...
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Twitter Communities: Part 2 (The Whole Elephant)
05 September, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
Twitter communities: Part 2 The Whole Elephant   In the last blog (see part 1 here) we looked at how people's views of Twitter differ and why it is that Twitter is different things to different people – rather like the John G Saxe poem “The blind men and the elephant.” So what happens if we zoom out and have a ...
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War Of The Roses
04 September, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
The War Of The Roses   Those of you who were up late last night may have noticed, or even participated in a ground breaking twitter discussion. NHS Leeds and NHS Manchester jumped out of their corporate suits and became human. The transformation was amazing to watch – I have long since felt that trusts are too robotic on ...
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Twitter Communities: Part 1 (The Elephant)
02 September, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
Twitter communities: Part 1 The Elephant   I recently had a Twitter conversation about the importance of community on Twitter. I was trying to get my point across, slightly hampered by the 140 characters, that it is important that people and particularly health care professionals understand that Twitter is a com ...
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A community to be proud of
24 August, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
A Community to be proud of As a parent one of the greatest joys you have is watching your children grow and explore the world around them, gaining confidence with every day as their willingness to learn drives them ever onward through their journey to maturity. As an EX ICU nurse who has carved himself a career out side of the NHS, within th ...
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#WeNurses & #NurseShift bring you twitter chat netiquette
21 August, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
Twitter Chat "Netiquette"   Twitter strives to be a very polite and kind environment that everyone can enjoy and this is something that #WeNurses and #NurseShift strongly advocate also. In order for the community to get along and for everyone to get the most out of our Twitter chats #WeNurses and #NurseShift have jo ...
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#WeNurses welcomes #NurseShift
20 August, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
Welcome #NurseShift   Those of you who are “on the ball” will have noticed that the @Nurseshift avatar has now appeared on our homepage.   WeNurses are very proud to welcome @NurseShift to the WeNurses site and we hope that this will be the start of a wonderful friendship leading to collaborative work for ...
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#WeNurses goes weekly!
18 August, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
#WeNurses goes weekly   We are very pleased to announce that after over a year of practice we have now got the act of Twitter Chat management down to a fine art, we are a Mean Lean Twitter Chatting Machine! Because of this we feel that we can now implement weekly chats – so no more wondering if it's Nurse Twitter Cha ...
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How to get the best out of twitter chats and CPD
18 August, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
A guide to using Twitter Chats for CPD by @AgencyNurse   For most of us twitter is fast becoming a great new way to meet fellow nurses we would never meet in real life, explore best practices with each other and join in with a very vibrant aspect of the nursing community. Twitter chats a ...
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Why the face of NHS Jobs relies e on nurse twitter chats
04 August, 2012 by @cherylwilson2
The face of NHS jobs relys on nurse twitter chats August 4th 2012 Hello I'm Cheryl and I'm a Nurse who Tweets! (Cheryl tweets as @CheryWilson2 ) During this year I have, through Twitter, become part of an ever growing community of nurses and other HCP who are using this form of Social Media to connect and share ...
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video-blogs "Why communities are about people not brands..."
04 August, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
  Why the social media nursing community is about people... Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); ...
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Anne Cooper video blogs for #NurChat birthday
31 July, 2012 by @Anniecoops
  What's a year of nurse twitter chats meant to you? Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");   ...
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Happy Birthday #NurChat (my smiley moments)
26 July, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
Happy birthday #NurChat – 1 year ago I was one tweeting nurse … now we are a thriving, growing and evolving community of nurses. What an ground breaking first year it has been, one which you the nursing community should be proud of because you all played a part in the development of this amazing resource.    When I first suggested a twitter chat ...
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Confessions of a tweeting nurse
17 July, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
Since November 2010 I have been advocating the use of Twitter for nurses to communicate with each other to exchange nursing ideas, expertise, experiences and resources and today we can see clear evidence of this being done within the thriving and ever growing online nursing community. The community is starting to feel at home in the soc ...
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50 shades of healthcare?
10 July, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
I was in Marks and Spencer recently when I overheard a lady chatting on her mobile phone “I've managed to pick up all three of those fifty shades books” I heard her say and I thought to myself “oh that book again!” The facts and figures about this book speak volumes: it hit a seven-figure number in sales in the first 11 weeks and its been named the ...
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A few hours away...
09 July, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
I was very lucky lately to have been to two very inspiring conferences within the same week. The first conference was the Digital Health Conference in Leeds and the second was Celebrating Leadership in Nursing Informatics in London. Now I know that to a lot of people two conferences in 1 week just sounds like hard work – but it wasn't, ...
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A Fresh Approach
03 July, 2012 by @AgencyNurse
#NurChat is now a well established resource for the online nurse community, since its launch in July 2011 #NurChat has gone from strength to strength. #NurChat was originally developed through work with Newcross Healthcare Solutions and was driven by a Twitter handle @NurChat and a blog www.nurchat.blogspot.com – it was designed to be ...
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