Omnipresent and always available: a mental health nurse on Twitter

or “Four Examples of Twitter being useful for Health Professionals”

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The original (embarrassingly self-agrandiasing) title of this post matches the title of a presentation at the ACMHN Consultation Liaison / Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Nurses 2013 Annual Conference – the theme of which is “Present and Available”. As stated in the conference publicity, this theme offers an opportunity for these sub-specialities of the mental health nursing community to create conversations and explore the process of presence, of being with.  At the conference we hope to improve our understanding what constitutes being present and available in the variety of settings and ways that we work.

The presentation is a blatant hard-sell to mental health nurses regarding professional use of social media. Examples of Twitter being used to augment education, conferences, health promotion, and the profile of mental health nursing are cited. Turbo-charging the conference theme, the argument will be made that mental health nurses can go beyond being “present and available”. Through professional use of social media mental health nurses can create the impression of being “omnipresent and always available”.

It wasn’t really until I started putting the presentation together that I realised what I had in mind was mostly a summary of stuff I have already presented online. So, for those interested in the content of the presentation, here are four examples of Twitter being useful for health professionals (click the links for more info):

View from the podium at the opening session of the ACMHN Consultation Liaison / Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Nurses Annual Conference 2012

View from the podium at the opening session of the ACMHN Consultation Liaison / Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Nurses Annual Conference 2012 – I will update with a picture from the podium of the closing session for the 2013 conference ASAP

That’s it for this post. Thanks for dropping-by – please feel free to comment below.

Paul McNamara, 7th June 2013*

* Actually written on June 1st. The presentation is scheduled for 3:30pm on the last day of the conference: Friday 7th June. I’ve scheduled this blog post to be published and publicised via Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn at 3:50pm – about the time my presentation should be winding-up (tip for conference presenters: the best way to ingratiate yourself to an audience at the end of a conference is to be quicker than expected).

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