2019 | General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNCZ)
Mobile phones and social media, such as WhatsApp and Facebook, are highly popular among Nurses and Midwives and are widely used for professional purposes. Although research found that there are considerable benefits for nurses and midwives linked to the use of these apps, they also give rise to significant challenges and risks. The ill-informed use of these apps has negatively affected client confidentiality, security, and safety and it has damaged individual careers and caused harm to the entire profession. In response to these issues, the General Nursing Council of Zambia has developed guidelines to help Nurses and Midwives to successfully navigate the new world of digital professionalism. However, the guidelines cover many, but not all, situations and in the light of the complexity and the changing nature of digital media, every Nurse and Midwife is cautioned to apply due diligence in the specific situations that they encounter.