Pinterest—What Nurses Need to Know

Editor’s note: Social media is growing and changing at a breathless rate of speed, and many people find it difficult to find time to delve into each new tool. The following is alum Shannan Needleman’s take on one new social media tool she thinks nurses—and those who love them—may find particularly fun and helpful. And don’t forget to stay connected with the School of Nursing on Twitter, Facebook and Nurses Lounge.

Shannan Needleman and her daughter Taylor

Alumna Shannan Needleman and her daughter Taylor

Pinterest is one of the newer fads sweeping the Internet. It is by its own definition “a tool for collecting and organizing things you love”—and who wouldn’t love that? The photo-sharing website boasts that millions of people use Pinterest in their lives and work, and that no matter what you’re interested in, there is a place for it on Pinterest.

For instance, you can “pin” your favorite fashion designs or crafting tutorials. Some people like pinning home decor ideas and photos. Even if you are a regular on the site, you probably never thought to search “nursing.” Well, think again!

Pinterest has several boards titled “nursing school,” “nursing student,” “nursing humor,” “nursing scrubs,” and my personal favorite: “anything nursing.” On these boards you will find a slew of nursing information from adorable scrub outfits to new and exciting nursing products or even just a good laugh for the day.

Each pin can be re-pinned on your personal board(s) to save for future reference or you can visit the sites the boards have highlighted by simply clicking the pin on the board and then clicking the link below the photo. Or you can follow another person’s board. This is a timesaving option when you find a board with lots of things that you’re interested in.

The best way to learn about Pinterest is to just do it. You’ll need to create an account, which is easy. Visit and log in with an email address and password or your Facebook account.

Once you create your account, you will be asked to follow five boards, select anything that interests you and BAM! you are ready to create your own boards.

But BEWARE! This site can be addictive and you may spend countless hours browsing other people’s boards.

Pinterest users are terrific at finding unique products and photos. You’ll get a whole new perspective on surfing the Internet or finding new interests. You may discover, for instance, a budding interest in architecture or sewing.

I decided to create a nursing board when I was searching the Internet for a gift for a recent PR_282594graduate. My initial Google search for nursing gifts resulted in the usual items, such as a framed copy of the Florence Nightingale pledge and jewelry boxes, so I decided to search “nursing” on Pinterest and my oh my … other people had done the work for me.

I found pictures and links to adorable nursing tags and stethoscope covers, a box of chocolate band aids, a prescription bottle cocktail shaker, holiday ornaments, waistband stethoscope clip, unique t-shirts, car decals—the list was virtually endless. The gifts I found were in different price ranges, too.

Want inspiration? Get a taste for the Pinterest world simply by viewing my board and then sign up for your own Pinterest account:

Already 900x900px-LL-457062b1_modulescopperminealbumsuserpics6092431_1240279155have an account? Be sure and check out what Pinterest has to offer in the world of nursing. You never know when you might need to give a graduate a fun gift.

And let me leave you with a cartoon on one of the 130
“nursing humor” 60f75bf9339b2146d72ce987cc7037b6boards:

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