FRIDAY, Sept. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Social networking site (SNS) addiction can have a negative impact on nurse performance, according to a study published online Aug. 5 in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Asad Javed, from Hazara University in Mansehra, Pakistan, and colleagues conducted an online survey (Aug. 13, 2018, to Nov. 17, 2018) of 461 nurses worldwide (53 countries) through 19 relevant Facebook groups.

The authors of the survey found that SNS addiction results in lower nurse performance. Task distraction further reduces nurses’ performance. However, self-management appears to reduce the negative impact of SNS addiction on nurses’ performance.

“Our study also has some important implications for hospital management, doctors and nurses,” the authors write, adding that hospital management should limit the use of social networking sites by nurses, devise self-management courses for nursing staff, and provide nurses with an environment in which there are no distractions from mobile ringtones and beeps.

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