Professionalism on Social Media Practice Guideline

UPDATE (March 30, 2021): The following topic has been updated.
CLICK HERE for current guidance on this issue.

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  to ensure Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses exercise discretion and professionalism on Social Media.

(UPDATED MARCH 30, 2021) The Professionalism on Social Media Practice Guideline has been replaced by the Social Media and e-Professionalism: Guidelines for Nurses (CARNA, CLPNA & CRPNA, 2021), a document collaboratively developed by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta, and the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta.

Download Practice Guideline

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)

If you have further inquiries, contact CLPNA’s Practice Consultants at practice@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).