First and foremost, I am a big proponent of nurses using Twitter professionally to amplify the nursing voice. Twitter connects thought leaders in every industry, including healthcare. As nurses, we possess such a unique perspective on patient care, and the world needs to hear it. Twitter is the perfect platform to let this happen. If you don't have an account already, consider reading my post, "A Nurse's Guide to Twitter" to learn more.
What are #hashtags?
Hashtags are essentially keywords used to categorize Tweets. On Twitter, individuals use the hashtag symbol (#) to detonate an important word. Individuals can then click on the #hash-tagged word and see all other Tweets that include that same keyword.
For example, I might Tweet, "Over 200 #Pennsylvania #NursePractitioners lobby for full practice authority at the state capital. http://bit.ly/1FBAhUl #NPsLead." This Tweet includes three hashtags: Pennsylvania, nurse practitioners, and NPsLead (my personal favorite). If you click on the hashtags, it will take you to a feed of all Tweets that include that word. You can see the actual Tweet here. Pretty cool!
So, what are the best #hashtags for nurses?
There are so many, and if you can't find one you like, start your own! I included a few of my favorites below, but please comment below or email me to let me know if I forgot any good ones!
Nurse Practitioner #Hashtags
Nurses & Technology #Hashtags