Professionalism on Social Media Practice Guideline

UPDATE (March 31, 2020): The following topic has been updated.
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Social Media has become a significant part of our lives; it can be funny, informative, interesting, crazy, or just a great way to burn some time. Regardless, it’s important to consider the implications of social media usage in the workplace.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) has released a Professionalism on Social Media Practice Guideline on  to ensure Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses exercise discretion and professionalism on Social Media.

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The use of social media has become a considerable source of unprofessional conduct for regulatory organizations. The CLPNA recommends the best approach is not sharing anything work related on your social media channels, ensuring the boundaries between your personal and professional life are kept intact.

Particularly for healthcare providers, the following points are important to consider in ensuring your social media usage is appropriate:

  • Maintaining therapeutic boundaries
  • Upholding privacy and confidentiality
  • Keeping a professional image

RELATED – Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)

For more information, download our practice guideline for Professionalism on Social Media practice guideline. If you have further inquiries, contact CLPNA’s Practice Consultants at, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).