The principles of scholarly discussion in an online environment amount to the importance of being brief, specific, contributing to the point, follow the scholarly writing style and cite sources to credit other authors’ efforts (Cole and Watson 115). All these aspects refer to the only main principle in online scholarly writing which the quality assurance (Al-Aufi and Fulton 224; Puschmann and Bastos 7). Another important aspect is the ethical background of the point. A nursing professional participating in the scholarly online discussion should respect one’s interlocutors’ diversity, be polite, and tackle frictions with wisdom (Al-Aufi and Fulton 224; Puschmann and Bastos 7). Next, one needs to remember the principles that arise from the HIPAA regulations and respect the patients’ personal information privacy and security online (McCartney 61; Mehta 20).
These principles differ from those implemented in social networks to a certain degree. First of all, the unique environment created in social networks impacts the degree of formality in the writing style (Lachman 328). This means that a nursing professional engaging in a discussion in a social network will need to utilize the less specific language respecting the ability of the audience to operate medical jargon. In addition, one may follow generally less strict rules of sources cited. Simply mentioning the source without any specific format is seen as sufficient credit for other professionals’ work in social nets. The rationale for this simplism in social networks is the need to provide the audience with easily readable and comprehensible discussion postings helping them benefit from the newly received knowledge to the maximum degree even if they do not have a specific background in healthcare (Al-Aufi and Fulton 224).
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