Instagram, Facebook—2.8 billion people in the world use some sort of social
media. With this comes the growing concern of e-professionalism and being
professional through electronic means.
Communications Media and Instructional
Technology PhD graduate Christina Wissinger collaborated with the coordinator
of the CMIT program, Communications Media faculty member Zachary Stiegler, to explore e-professionalism, specifically in the nursing and medical field.
Stiegler explained, “Nursing and medical
professionals have unique relationships with their patients, so their
reputations online might have an impact on patients’ feelings of safety with
healthcare providers.” With cases of nurses posting information or photos
related to their patients on social media, Wissinger feels it is important to
incorporate e-professionalism into nursing education.
Stiegler’s research delves deeper into the Extended Parallel Process Model, a
tactic used in finding the most effective way to educate people on how to
manage their online presence. This model
predicts how individuals react to situations when they are confronted with
fear. For example, is the threat of
losing a job enough to motivate people to better manage their online presence?
Wissinger and Stiegler’s research was
published in the December 2018 issue of the international journal Teaching and Learning in Medicine.