Nurses are the largest group of healthcare professionals and the largest group of health educators. Because of their prominent role, they’re often needed to interpret and share their vast knowledge, yet they fall behind other professions in terms of adopting new communication technology. Having worked in an academic cancer center for several years, I observed many nurses doing innovative work without ever sharing their knowledge and expertise outside the walls of the center.
Since 80% of patients use the Internet for health information, patients clearly are expressing a need to enhance the education provided by their care team with medical information and advice from the Internet. What better way for patients to learn more about their health condition than to read a blog post or a tweet from their own nurse?
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