Social Media Use in Nursing Education

Terri L. Schmitt, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, Susan S. Sims-Giddens, EdD, RN, Richard G. Booth, MScN, RN


Online J Issues Nurs. 2012;17(3) 

In This Article


  • New innovations in technology offer alternate mechanisms to engage students with a variety of learning styles and help them succeed.

  • Online learning options continue to increase with over 6.1 million U.S. college students currently taking some form of online course work (Allen & Seaman, 2011). Social media offers a way to overcome boundaries of distance and constraints of synchronous classrooms, offering a tangible option for interacting with distance students.

  • Incorporating social media into the curriculum may foster excitement and learning by faculty, management of information in a way that can be recorded and researched, and creative group project work (Sakraida, Spotanski, & Skiba, 2010).