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Bibliography: Social Media in Health Care & Family Nursing

Bibliography curated by Janice M. Bell, RN, PhD

Updated: June 2017

International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) FREE webinar developed by the IFNA Communications Committee (Janice M. Bell [co-chair]; Wilma Schroeder [co-chair]; Wendy Looman [IFNA BOD liaison]):  “Tweet, Post & Chat: Maximizing your IFNC12 Conference Experience through the Use of Social Media.

American Nurses Association [ANA]. (2011). 6 tips for nurses using social media. Retrieved from:

Anderson, J. G., Hundt, E., Dean, M., Keim-Malpass, J., & Lopez, R. P.  (2017). “The Church of Online Support”: Examining the use of blogs among family caregivers of person with dementia.  Journal of Family Nursing, 23 (1),  doi: 10.1177/1074840716681289

Antheunis, M. L., Tates, K., & Nieboer, T. E. (2013). Patients’ and health professionals’ use of social media in health care: Motives, barriers and expectations. Patient Education and Counseling, 92(3), 426-431. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2013.06.020

Archibald, M. M., & Clarke, A. M. (2014). Twitter and nursing research: How diffusion of innovation theory can help uptake [Editorial]. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(3), e3-5. doi:10.1111/jan.12343

Barry, J., & Hardiker, N. (2012). Advancing nursing practice through social media: A global perspective. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 17(3), Manuscript 5.doi: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol17No03Man05

Bell, J. M. (2010). Social media and family nursing: Where is my tribe? [Editorial]. Journal of Family Nursing, 16(3), 251-255. doi: 10.1177/1074840710378404

Bell, J. M. (2012, March 18). Using images to communicate the core message of family nursing [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Bell, J. M. (2013, November 03). Family nursing: I love social media [Web log post]. Retrieved from♥-social-media/

Bell, J. M. (2014, January 02) Family nursing and YouTube: Creating a public conversation [Web log post].  Retrieved from

Bell, J. M. (2014, January 21). Archiving your scholarly publications in family nursing [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Bell, J. M. (2015, May 08). Join the family nursing conversation on Twitter [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Bell, J. M. (2016, October 22). 3 ways to use social media to make #familynursing more visible [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Bell, J. M. (2017). Social media and family nursing scholars: Catching up with 2007 [Editorial]. Journal of Family Nursing, 23(1), 3-12. doi: 10.1177/1074840717694524

boyd, d. m., & Ellison, N. B. (2008). Social network sites: Definition, history, and scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13, 210-230. doi:10.1111/j.1083-6101.2007.00393.x

boyd, d., & Crawford, K. (2012). Critical questions for big data. Provocations for a cultural, technological, and scholarly phenomenon. Information, Communication & Society, 15, 662-679. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2012.678878 

Canadian Nurses Association (2012). Ethics in practice for registered nurses. When private becomes public: The ethical challenges and opportunities of social media. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Author. Retrieved from

Carrigan, M. (2016). Social media for academics. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2011). The health communicator’s social media toolkit. Atlanta, GA: Author. Retrieved from

Chinn, T. (2013). Communicating with the Twitter generation. Practice Nursing, 24(12), 621-622.

Chiu, T., Marziali, E., Colantino, A., Carswell, A., Grunier, M., Tang, M., & Eysenbach, G. (2009). Internet-based caregiver support for Chinese Canadians taking care of a family member with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Canadian Journal on Aging, 28, 323-336. doi: 10.1017/S0714980809990158

Chou, W. S., Hunt, Y. M., Beckjord, E. B., Moser, R. P., & Hesse, B. W. (2009). Social media use in the United States: Implications for health communication. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 11, e48. doi: 10.2196/jmir.1249

Conrad, P., Bandini, J., & Vasquez, A. (2016). Illness and the internet: From private to public experience. Health, 20, 22-32. doi: 10.1177/1363459315611941

Cranston, P. (2012, July 27). Eight principles for middle and late adopters of social media [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Decamp, M. (2015). Ethical issues when using social media for health outside professional relationships. Advance online publication. International Review of Psychiatry. doi: 10.3109/09540261.2014.1001726

Djuricich, A. M., & Zee-Cheng, J. E. (2015). Live tweeting in medicine: ‘Tweeting the meeting’. International Review of Psychiatry. doi: 10.3109/09540261.2014.1000270

Dunleavy, P. (2016, January 25). How to write a blogpost from your journal article in eleven easy steps [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Farnsworth, V., Kleanthous, L., & Wenger-Trayner, E. (2016). Communities of practice as a social learning theory: A conversation with Etienne Wenger. British Journal of Educational Studies, 64(2), 139-160. doi: 10.1080/00071005.2015.1133799

Ferguson, C. (2012).  It’s time for the nursing profession to leverage social media.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(4), 745-747. doi: 10.1111/jan.12036

Fernandez-Luque, L., & Bau, T. (2015). Health and social media: Perfect storm of information. Healthcare Informatics Research, 21(2), 67-73. doi: 10.4258/hir.2015.21.2.67

Fisher, J., & Clayton, M. (2012). Who gives a tweet: Addressing patients’ interests in the use of social media for health care.  World Views Evidence-Based Nursing, 9(2), 100-108. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6787.2012.00243.x

Fraser, R. (2011). The nurses’ social media advantage: How making connections and sharing ideas can enhance your nursing practice. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau.

Friedman, T. L. (2016). Thanks for being late: An optimist’s guide to thriving in the age of accelerations. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Hamm, M. P., Chisholm, A., Shulhan, J., Milne, A., Scott, S. D., Given, L. M., & Hartling, L. (2013). Social media use among patients and caregivers: A scoping review. BMJ, Open 3, e002819. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002819

Hamm, M. P., Shulhan, J., Williams, G., Milne, A., Scott, S. D., & Hartling, L. (2014). A systematic review of the use and effectiveness of social media in child health. BMC Pediatrics, 14, 138.  doi: 10.1186/1471-2431-14-138

Hawn, C. (2009). Take two aspirin and tweet me in the morning: How Twitter, Facebook, and other social media are reshaping health care. Health Affairs, 28, 361-368. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.28.2.361

Heilferty, C. M. (2009). Toward a theory of online communication in illness: Concept analysis of illness blogs. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65, 1539-1547. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2009.04996.x

Heilferty, C. M. (2011). Ethical considerations in the study of online illness narratives: A qualitative review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67, 945-953. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05563.x

Henderson, M., & Dahnke, M. D. (2015). The ethical use of social media in nursing practice. Medsurg Nursing, 24(1), 62-64.

Househ, M., Borycki, E., & Kushniruk, A. (2014). Empowering patients through social media: The benefits and challenges. Health Informatics Journal, 20(1), 50-58. doi: 10.1177/1460458213476969

Isaccson, K., & Looman, W. (2017). Strategies for developing family nursing communities of practice.  Journal of Family Nursing, 23(1), doi: 10.1177/1074840716689078

Jalali, A., Sherbino, J., Frank, J., & Sutherland, S. (2015). Social media and medical education: Exploring the potential of Twitter as a learning tool. Advance online publication. International Review of Psychiatry. doi: 10.3109/09540261.2015.1015502

Jones, R., Kelsey, J., Nelmes, P., Chinn, N., Chinn, T., & Proctor-Childs, T. (2016). Introducing Twitter as an assessed component of the undergraduate curriculum: Case study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72, 1638-1653. doi: 10.1111/jan.12935

Kapp, J. M., Hensel, B., & Schnoring, K. T. (2015). Is Twitter a forum for disseminating research to health policy makers? Annals of Epidemiology, 25(12), 883-887. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2015.09.002

Keim-Malpass, J., Adelstein, K., & Kavalieratos, D. (2015). Legacy making through illness blogs: Online spaces for young adults approaching end-of-life. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 4, 209-212. doi:10.1089/jayao.2015.0003

Keim-Malpass, J., Baernholdt, M., Erickson, J. M., Ropka, M. E., Schroen, A. T., & Steeves, R. H. (2013). Blogging through cancer: Young women’s persistent problems shared online. Cancer Nursing, 36, 163-172. doi: 10.1097/NCC

Keim-Malpass, J., & Steeves, R. H. (2012). Talking with death at a diner: Young women’s online narratives of cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39, 373-378. doi: 10.1188/12.ONF.373-378

Keim-Malpass, J., Steeves, R. H., & Kennedy, C. (2014). Internet ethnography: A review of methodological considerations for studying online illness blogs. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 51, 1686-1692. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2014.06.003

Kim, H. J. (2015). Understanding Internet use among dementia caregivers: Results of secondary data analysis using the US caregiver survey data. Interactive Journal of Medical Research, 4, e1, doi: 10.2196/ijmr.3127

Korda, H., & Itani, Z. (2013). Harnessing social media for health promotion and behavior change.  Health Promotion Practice, 14(1), 15-23.  doi: 10.1177/1524839911405850

Lafferty, N. T., & Manca, A. (2015). Perspectives on social media in and as research: A synthetic review. International Review of Psychiatry. doi: 10.3109/09540261.2015.1009419

Laranjo, L., Arguel, A., Neves, A. L., Gallagher, A. M., Kaplan, R., Mortimer, N., . . . Lau, A. Y S. (2015). The influence of social networking sites on health behavior change: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of the American Medical Inform

Levati, S. (2014). Professional conduct of Registered Nurses in the use of online social networking sites. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(10), 2284-2292. doi: 10.1111/jan.12377

Looman, W. S. (2016). Confessions of a reluctant tweeter: Using social media to advance family nursing [Guest Editorial]. Journal of Family Nursing, 22, 3-5. doi: 10.1177/1074840715625208

Majeed-Ariss, R., Baildam, E., Campbell, M., Chieng, A., Fallon, D., Hall, A., . . . Swallow, V. (2015). Apps and adolescents: A systematic review of adolescents’ use of mobile phone and tablet apps that support personal management of their chronic or long-term physical conditions. Journal of Medical Internet Research17(12). doi:10.2196/jmir.5043

Marwick, A. E., & boyd, d. (2011). I tweet honestly, I tweet passionately: Twitter users, context collapse, and the imagined audience. New Media & Society, 13(1), 114-133. doi: 10.1177/1461444810365313

Moorley, C., & Chinn, T. (2016). Developing nursing leadership in social media.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72, 514-520. doi: 10.1111/jan.12870

Moorhead, S. A., Hazlett, D. E., & Hoving, C. (2013). A new dimension of health care:  Systematic review of the uses, benefits, and limitations of social media for health communication.  Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15(4), e85. doi: 10.2196/jmir.1933

National Council of State Boards of Nursing [NCSBN]. (2011, August). White paper: A nurse’s guide to the use of social media. Chicago, IL: Author. Retrieved from

Nelson, R., Joos, I., & Wolf, D. (2013). Social media for nurses: Educating practitioners and patients in a networked world.  New York, NY: Springer.

Nistor, N., Baltes, B. Dascalu, M., Mihaila, D., Smeaton, G., & Trausan-matu, S. (2014). Participation in virtual academic communities of practice under the influence of technology acceptance and community factors: A learning analytics application. Computers in Human Behavior, 34, 339-344. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2013.10.051

Novakovich, J., Miah, S., & Shaw, S. (2017). Designing curriculum to shape professional social media skills and identity in virtual communities of practice. Computers & Education, 104, 65-90. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2016.11.002

Ortega, J. L. (2016). To be or not to be on Twitter, and its relationship with the tweeting and citation of research papers. Scientometrics, 109, 1353. doi:10.1007/s11192-016-2113-0

Park, B. K., & Calamaro, C. (2013). A systematic review of social networking sites: Innovative platforms for health research targeting adolescents and young adults. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 45(3), 256-264. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12032

Park, H., Rodgers, S., & Stemmle, J. (2013). Analyzing health organizations’ use of Twitter for promoting health literacy. Journal of Health Communication, 18(4), 410-425. doi:10.1080/10810730.2012.727956

Patients like me. (2014, January 23). Social media users say ‘yes’ to sharing health data [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Peck, J. L. (2014). Social media in nursing education: Responsible integration for meaningful use.  The Journal of Nursing Education 53(3), 164-169. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20140219-03

Risling, T., Risling, D., & Holtslander, L. (2017). Creating a Social Media Assessment Tool for family nursing. Journal of Family Nursing, 23,  doi: 10.1177/1074840716681071

Rolls, K., Hansen, M., Jackson, D., & Elliott, D. (2016). How health care professionals use social media to create virtual communities: An integrative review.  Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18, e166. doi: 10.2196/jmir.5312

SAGE Publications (n.d.). Tips for authors. Increase impact by promoting your article on social media. Retrieved from

Sandmaier, M. (2016). Left to our own devices: Sorting through the bewildering world of therapeutic apps. Psychotherapy Networker, 40(6), 21-27, 52. Retrieved from:

Schroeder, W. K. (2017). Utilizing social media in #FamilyNursing practice. Journal of Family Nursing, 23, doi: 10.1177/1074840716684228

Sinnenberg, L., Buttenheim, A. M., Padrez, K., Mancheno, C., Ungar, L., & Merchant, R. M. (2017). Twitter as a tool for health research: A systematic review. American Journal of Public Health, 107, e1-e8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303512

Sloan, L., & Quan-Haase, A. (Eds.). (2017).  The SAGE handbook for social media research methods. London, UK: SAGE.

Smith, D. R., & Watson, R. (2016). Career development tips for today’s nursing academics: Bibliometrics, altmetrics, and social media.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(11), 2654–2661. doi: 10.1111/jan.13067

Thoma, B. (2015). Personal reflections on exploring social media in medicine. Advance online publication. International Review of Psychiatry. doi: 10.3109/09540261.2015.1005058

Veletsianos, G. (2016). Social media in academia: Networked scholars. New York, NY: Routledge.

Veletsianos, G., & Kimmons, R. (2013). Scholars and faculty members’ lived experiences in online social networks. The Internet and Higher Education, 16(2), 43-50. doi: 10.1016/j.iheduc.2012.01.004

Wellde, P. T., & Miller, L. A. (2016).  There’s an app for that! New directions using social media in patient education and support.  Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 30, 198-203. doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000177

Wenger, E. (2006). Communities of practice: A brief introduction. Retrieved from

Wenger, E. (2009). A social theory of learning. In K. Illeris (Ed.), Contemporary theories of learning: Learning theorists … in their own words (pp. 209-218). New York, NY: Routledge.

Xu, W. W., Chiu, I. H., Chen, Y., & Mukherjee, T. (2015). Twitter hashtags for health: Applying network and content analyses to understand the health knowledge sharing in a Twitter-based community of practice. Quality & Quantity, 49(4), 1361-1380. doi: 10.1007/s11135-014-0051-6