Featured Article| Volume 19, ISSUE 4, 104548, April 2023

Expanding Nurse Practitioner Educational Boundaries: Social Media for a Journal Club

Published:February 16, 2023DOI:


      • In an era of increased virtual education and multiple challenges to develop traditional face-to-face professional networks, social media can be used as an educational and networking platform.
      • Social media allows for nurse practitioner students across the country and potentially around the globe to collaborate in microlearning educational events.


      As the number of online acute care pediatric nurse practitioner programs increases, exploration of creative methods to enhance scholarly engagement and develop a professional network among students is imperative. This report describes the use of the Twitter platform to connect students and faculty from 4 acute care pediatric nurse practitioner programs through an online journal club. Student evaluation of this assignment demonstrated attainment of learning objectives and a positive assessment of this novel andragogical approach. Social media platforms can be used to enhance networking and scholarly collaboration. Expansion to include additional schools and topics is planned.


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      Rémi Hueckel, DNP, CPNP-AC, CHSE, is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Duke University, Durham, NC; Pediatric Critical Care Nurse Practitiioner, Duke Children's Hospital, Durham, NC.


      Sarah Tallent, DNP, CPNP-AC, is a Clinical Associate and the Single Ventricle Program Coordinator, Duke Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center, at Duke University, Durham, NC.


      Danielle Sebbens, DNP, CPNP-AC/PC, is a Clinical Associate Professor at Edson College of Nursing and Innovation, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; PICU Nurse Practitioner, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ.


      Elizabeth Espinoza, DNP, CPNP-AC, is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, Oregon Health University, Portland, ORl PICU Nurse Practitioner, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Portland, OR.


      Anne-Marie Brown, PhD, CPNP-AC/PC, is an Associate Professor at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Nurse Scientist, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, GA; PICU Nurse Practitioner, ECU Health, Greenville, NC.