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Can using social media threaten my professional license?

When you are a licensed professional working in California, you may feel that you are always at risk for career damage. This is especially so in today's media-saturated world.

If you interact on social media in any way, you may already understand that it is nearly impossible to maintain 100 percent privacy. While this may seem acceptable when discussing your personal life, crossing the line between posting personal and professional information is easier than you may think.

The first step in maintaining an effective professional license defense begins with you. The things you say and do online is within your control. With a few tips, it is possible to protect your professional license and still enjoy the benefits of using social media.

  • Never post any information or images of your clients or your co-workers.
  • Never refer to your clients or you co-workers in a disparaging tone.
  • Avoid connecting with any of your clients on social media channels.
  • Avoid posting any personal information about alcohol or substance abuse.
  • Make sure that posts you think are private are not available to the public.
  • Never forget that maintaining the privacy of your clients, colleagues, employers and co-workers is crucial in protecting your license.

An easy way to remember how to use social media appropriately is to be as professional online as you are in face-to-face interactions at all times. Consider saving your private discussions for close friends or family members only and never forget how far social media posts reach.

From educating you about threats to your license to helping you navigate and overcome a board review, a professional license defense attorney plays an important role in helping you protect your career. This protection naturally extends to your livelihood and your career reputation as well.

Source: Healthcare Providers Service Organization, "Perils of Social Media for Healthcare Professionals," Melanie Balestra, RN, NP, JD, accessed Jan. 22, 2018

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