20 Instagram and Twitter Accounts for Nurses (Plus Hashtags!)

by Erica MacDonald RN, BSN, MSN, NurseJournal.org   

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Nurses Use Social Media. Now more than ever nurses are using social media for fun, education and community. Are you wondering which nurses to follow on Instagram and Twitter? Here are a few of the best hashtags and accounts that offer a dose of fun and education for nurses:

Instagram

The magic of Instagram is in the hashtags. Unlike Twitter, which has a 140 charter limit when posting, Instagram lets you use up to thirty hashtags per post. If you need to locate people in certain niches or be found yourself be sure to use pertinent hashtags. Some of the best hashtags for nurses on Instagram are:

  • #nurse
  • #nursing
  • #nurselife
  • #nursepractitioner
  • #instanursing
  • #nurseproblems
  • #nursingschoolproblems
  • #aprn
  • #nursesrock
  • #nurselife

Be sure to follow these accounts on Instagram:

1. @nursinglol

With over 13,000 followers, this account is full of lol worthy nursing memes that nurses and nursing students can relate to. @nursinglol points out funny and comical moments in nursing.

2. @nursesofinstagram

This account has over 22,000 followers with inspirational and funny posts for nurses. They occasionally feature cute fashionable scrubs, and build nursing community by highlighting other nurses. Use #nursesofinstagram.

3. @northeasternnursing

@northeasternnursing is the account of Northeastern University’s Bouve College of Health Sciences. They post inspirational quotes and blog articles from their school blog. One posting strategy that this account does, that is notably different from others, is that they feature famous nurses.

4. @thekatieduke

Real life nurse and TV figure Katie Duke, from show NY Med on ABC, has a following of 18,000 on Instagram. The signature #dealwithit on her posts offers a glimpse into this empowered nurse’s personality.

5. @instanursing

Nurse Richard Soto RN’s mission of his Instagram account is keep nurses sharp and educated. He features tips and humor on his account to that is interesting while being educational.

Twitter

Despite Instagram’s rapid growth, Twitter has the large established community of nurses. Like Instagram, Twitter strength lies in the hashtags. Here are popular nurse hashtags on Twitter:

  • #healthcare
  • #nursecollab
  • #nurseproblems
  • #rnchat
  • #nurseentrepreneur
  • #hcr
  • #nurse
  • #nurseup
  • #ptsafety

6. @nursefriendly

Andrew Lopez, RN, is a nurse, social media consultant and founder of the #nurseup Facebook group. If it is happening online and in healthcare, Andrew has it covered. A prolific Tweeter, who knows the ins and outs of social media and healthcare.

7. @katykatztc

Katy has an MBA, and is a marketer and blogger. She blogs and curates healthcare related content across several social media platforms. Check out her feed to find some of her great blog articles.

8. @dbarrath

Debra Barrath, MN is an international coach and consultant with over two decades of healthcare experience whose clients includes governments, non-profits, and healthcare systems. Her Twitter feed is full of healthcare and leadership related goodness!

9. @AWhiteWilliams

Angelique W. Williams is a Child Care Health Consultant, nurse educator, and faith community nurse. Tweeting from New Orleans on matters of healthcare, her account is definitely worth following

10. @thenurseteacher

The Nurse Teacher strives to share her passion with the next generation. She is a consultant specializing in legal issues, critical care, and nursing education. She tweets about nurse education while keeping it fun.

11. @vmudgett

Vivien Mudgett RNC, CEO of Healthcare Leadership Coalition is a speaker and consultant. She Tweets about healthcare reform, policy, and leadership. This account is great for staying informed about serious issues in healthcare.

12. @NurseDailyblog

The Nursing Daily twitter account is connected to the blog. A daily post from a critical care RN about issues and humor in nursing. She is keeping it real in nursing without being crass.

13. @Ashleigh_RN

Ashleigh’s twitter feed is connected to her blog. As an oncology nurse she tweets about health can cancer related topics. Using her social media skills for health awareness, Ashleigh encourages others to do the same.

15. @CapraDaltonRN

Capra is the CEO of Pedagogy Inc. an online continuing education sites for healthcare professionals. Her nurse education network is extensive and she tweets CE related content.

16. @Nursingstress

A nursing student Tweeting about her journey through nursing school. With an impressive 21k followers, she Tweets about nursing school issues that even a seasoned nurse can identity with.

17. @ScrubsandPearls

An anonymous nurse that offers #AdviceToBabyNursingStudents in the form of tweets. She dishes out advice about school and the real world of nursing. She also micro blogs advice to nursing students on Tumblr.

18. @Tiffany_Kelley

Tiffany is the founder of Nightingale Apps. As a Phd nurse, informaticist, innovator, educator, and writer, her Twitter feed is filled with a variety or nursing and business tweets.

19. @12hourRN

Amanda Anderson, RN Twitter account is connected to her blog and her mission is “I want nurses to start talking”. Her blog This Nurse Wonders has commentary on different issues in nursing.

20. @theyoganurse

Founder of YogaNursing™ and a RN, author, and speaker that empowers nurses to become stress and pain relief experts. Follow her on Twitter for all things yoga and nursing. She offers a great program for nurses that would like to start their own nurse yoga business.

Would you like to network with more nurses? A quick and easy strategy to find other nurses on Instagram and Twitter is to follow nurses that the people on these lists are following and engaging with online. Or, if any of these people have public Twitter Lists, this would be the ultimate way to find other nurses to network with.

Do you wish that you would have been featured in the lists above? Go ahead, leave your Twitter and Instagam profile links in the comments below.



About the Author

Erica MacDonald RN, BSN, MSN
Erica MacDonald RN, BSN, MSN /

Erica RN, BSN, MSN's nursing clinical experience has been in neonatal intensive care (NICU) and Labor & Delivery. She currently works as a nurse educator and nurse writer. The academic mission of her website Self Employed Nurse is to teach nurses about Nurse Entrepreneurship while providing them with resources to help them pursue this specialty. In her writing business, she saves educators and businesses time while supporting their mission. Besides writing, her passion is social media. Network with Erica on Google + and Pinterest

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