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3TMR Integrative Nursing  2019, Vol. 3 Issue (6): 189-198    DOI: 10.12032/TMRIN20190912
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Effect of social media utilization in 21st century nursing practices in Nigeria: Analytical review
Omolola Adams Olatayo1,*()
1Seventh Day Adventist Hospital & School of Nursing, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
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This article recommended that nursing training curriculum should reflect current trend of social media and NMCN should review its code of professional practices highlighting the usage of social media.

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The word social media is a compound term that involves social networking, content exposition, web publishing and wikis. Social media is an essential instrument that provides rooms sharing of thoughts and providing information to target audience. It encompasses information generation by user for end-users, divulging user opinion, reaction and counter-reactions by user and audience, and spreading information to a large audience at a point in time on the digital terrestrial.

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Background and aim: Social Media is a global tool where information is disseminated and accessed within twinkle of an eye, it reaches the target audience within seconds locally, continentally or cross-continentally. Social Media usage in nursing practices across globe is a burning issue in contemporary 21st century, as its negativity is widely spreading unprofessional code of conducts. Therefore, the study is to examine the effect of social media usage among 21st century nurses in Nigeria. Methodology: This analytical study was carried out using previous studies on related subject matters, and review the outcomes of the subjects. Nurses in Federal Republic of Nigeria were used as the sample via WhatsApp group and Facebook closed group, hence, it was conducted on examining how impactful is the usage of social media among Nigerian nurses. Results: Findings revealed that social media has come to stay in nursing, and the potential should be harnessed and integrated into nursing practices and curriculum, which will translate into professional care. Nurses should be educated on its negative usage as it delineates from professional conduct. There is a need for Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) as matter of urgency upgrade the code of professional conduct to accommodate the current trend of social media usage. Conclusion: It was concluded that Nurses in Nigeria should uphold professional code of practice while using social media as it’s a good source of litigation. It was recommended that nursing training curriculum should reflect current trend of social media and NMCN should review its code of professional practices highlighting the usage of social media.



Key wordsSocial media      21st century nurses      Analytical review      Nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria.     
Published: 25 December 2019
Corresponding Authors: Adams Olatayo Omolola   
E-mail: adamsolatayo@gmail.com
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Omolola Adams Olatayo. Effect of social media utilization in 21st century nursing practices in Nigeria: Analytical review. 3TMR Integrative Nursing, 2019, 3(6): 189-198. doi: 10.12032/TMRIN20190912

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Figure 1: The Leading Social Media Network in Nigeria 3rd Quarter 2017 (Clement 2019)
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