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Nursing students & social media / Hunting for drugs to combat Zika

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, text messaging….so many ways to stay in touch and share information with friends.  However, nursing students need to be aware of the ethical and legal ramifications surrounding the use of social media during their clinical experience.  Patient confidentiality is only one of several important factors to consider.  The ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (2015 e-book ed. available through Falvey Library) specifically addresses the issue of social media use.  Court cases have ensued!

Here’s an article on the topic you may wish to share with your students:

Westrick, S. J. (2016). Nursing students’ use of electronic and social mMedia: Law, ethics, and e-professionalism. Nursing Education Perspectives, (1), 16-22. doi:10.5480/14-1358

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Fighting the Zika Virus

Read a recent article in Nature Medicine reporting on the hunt for antivirals to combat the Zika virus:

Kincaid, E. (2016). A second look: Efforts to repurpose old drugs against Zika cast a wide net. Nature Medicine, 22, 822-825. doi:10.1038/nm0816-824

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Here’s a research article, also from Nature Medicine, on investigators’ discovery that niclosamide, a medication commonly used to treat tapeworm, has shown promise in preventing the replication of the Zika virus in the fetal brain.

Research questions?  Contact Barbara


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Last Modified: September 7, 2016