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Authors

  1. May, Casey C. PharmD, BCCCP
  2. Mahle, Jessica BSN, RN
  3. Harper, Dorina MS, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN
  4. Smetana, Keaton S. PharmD, BCCCP

Abstract

Social media has changed the way individuals communicate and recently multiple articles have been published highlighting the utilization of social media for education. To our knowledge, cross-discipline education utilizing these platforms has not been evaluated. The purpose of this study was to implement a pharmacist-led, social media-based nursing education program and evaluate the perceived value. A curriculum of pharmacy-related issues was developed and topics were posted to the neurocritical care unit (NCCU) Facebook group or emailed to non-Facebook users weekly. A pre- and posteducation survey was sent out evaluating the program's effectiveness. Thirty-seven nurses were members of the NCCU Facebook group and 33 received the education via email. A total of 29% and 19% of nurses completed the pre- and posteducation survey, respectively. Of those who completed the survey, 36% received education via Facebook. As compared with the preeducation survey, there were no statistically significant differences in nursing performance on fact-based questions (P value > .05 on all assessment questions); however, 100% of respondents wanted to continue this education delivery. Utilizing social media as a means of cross-discipline education was well-received; however, the solitary utilization should be used cautiously, as performance did not improve on assessment questions.