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educational technology, nurse practitioner, nursing education, social media, Twitter messaging



  1. Waldrop, Julee DNP, RN, FNP, PNP, CNE, FAANP
  2. Wink, Diane EdD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP


Twitter is a social networking application that has seen limited evaluation in nursing education. The aim of this study was to determine if Twitter could be used to stimulate further exploration about current clinical and professional topics with nurse practitioner students. The students used Twitter to receive tweets on clinical and professional topics from the instructor throughout the semester: 75% demonstrated willingness to follow the links in the tweets to seek more information, and 87% expressed a desire to receive the tweets even after the semester was over.