By Wanda Montalvo, Sarah Oerther, and Mona Shattell | 11/16/2019
Because of our unique professional emphasis on #relationships as nurses, meeting up #IRL always has special meaning.
The beauty of @Twitter and #SigmaConv19 is the opportunity to connect #IRL. That’s “In Real Life” for those unfamiliar with #hashtags.
Twitter is a microblog used to share professional and personal information—photos, notes of encouragement, and links to noteworthy resources and experts. Social media enhances the ability of #nurses to expand their networks to intentionally influence sectors within and outside the nursing profession.
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a big proponent of Twitter because it helps our global community stay connected. It facilitates our ability to meet each other and remain connected between meetings—or hotel floors. An amazing strength of Sigma’s biennial conventions is the convening of a global network of thought leaders that allows us to meet our Twitter buddies #IRL!
It has been especially exciting to see conference presenters use Twitter effectively—before and during #SigmaConv19. For instance, @AnnemarieDowCas let her network know she was giving a #presentation by sharing the #title and #location. She shared her excitement for the talk and launched a Twitter #conversation even before delivering an #amazing presentation!
And Twitter allows all #nurses to come together as a powerful voice, regardless of speciality, level of preparation, or geography! One of our strengths is the ability to share varied expertise, storytelling, and lived experience to facilitate learning as well as relationship building—#NetworksOfNetworks—and events like #SigmaConv19 always result in increasing our Twitter impressions, engagements, and likes as #NursesWhoTweet from around the globe. Let’s #connect, #collaborate, and #catalyze to advance world health!
Because of our unique professional emphasis on #relationships as nurses, meeting up #IRL always has special meaning. Let’s make a point of connecting on Twitter during #SigmaConv19 to promote the work of our colleagues during this biennium. Take advantage of our time together for fantastic face-to-face #reunions at this @SigmaNursing event!
Do you have a great Twitter story from the conference? Tag us on Twitter and let us know about it! We are Wanda Montalvo (@Montalvo501), Sarah Oerther (@SarahOerther), and Mona Shattell (@MonaShattell). RNL
Wanda Montalvo, PhD, RN, FAAN, is executive director of Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare at Columbia University in New York City, New York, USA. Sarah Oerther, MSN, MEd, RN, FRSPH, is a PhD candidate at Saint Louis University School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN, is associate dean of faculty development at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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