Hey Nurses: Why Snapchat? The power of relationships. [update]


I’m a Nurse mentor, Educator, Leader, Coach, Motivator and Consultant. I want to connect with and provide value to everyone who can benefit from my skills and knowledge.

I’m also an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, blogger, vlogger,  (former) podcaster and mediapreneur. I’ve been a Nurse and Nurse blogger for over a decade, and in that time I’ve acquired a broad range of life expertise and professional wisdom.

I want to share my experiences with other Nurses, Health Care professionals and the like so they may benefit from the lessons I’ve learned with less effort and in a fraction of the time.

I’m a story teller, counselor and guide. The reason for my success (both professional & personal) lies solely in the relationships I’ve developed. Which is a concept I’ve also heard over and over from the most successful.

My blog writing, video producing and  (former) podcast broadcasting are the foundation of my communication. But I’ve discovered how Snapchat can springboard my relationship with my audience.

Snapchat is gaining has gained guru-level attention because it provides a unique platform for one-on-one communication like no other [Update: thanks to Instagram stories, Snapchat’s communication is no longer unique].

Quick snippets of multimedia communication in the form of an editable picture (or video) called a “snap” that has a *24-hr shelf life. It can be posted to your personal “story” (similar to your Facebook/Twitter timeline) or sent via private message to your friends on Snapchat. (It disappears from your timeline 24 hours later and private messages disappear 10 seconds after opening)

[*Side note: There are ways to save your snaps]

It’s a great medium for fielding questions from fans as well as provide small slices of information-sharing gold with anyone who is your friend on the platform.


[Snapchat Murders Facebook]

You see, unless you make the effort to share it on other platforms, the information on Snapchat is exclusive and (mostly) private on Snapchat’s platform. [Which at the time of this writing was mobile-only.]

I’ve communicated and shared information with fellow professionals, students, bloggers, vloggers, podcasters and others who were seeking direction and advice on a personal level that would not be possible on other platforms.

Here’s how I have used Snapchat:

  • sharing snippets of my daily personal life (including my journey through surgery)
  • providing valuable professional advice
  • sharing mediapreneur topic advice (blog/vlog/marketing/podcasting)
  • real-time private professional communication and networking
  • offering educational and career advice
  • sharing behind the scenes information on upcoming projects

The “convenience-factor” is something I failed to understand until I started using Snapchat more. Instead of spending 5 minutes or longer on a 140-characater limit update to Twitter or a psuedo-long-formed post update on Facebook or Instagram, I can just “snap’ a 10 second video snippet of whatever subject is on my mind. If I need to share more info, I just pick up where I left off with the next “snap”. Instead of spending 10-30 minutes on a thought through worded text, I just take sequential “snaps” to tell a story.

This type of communication dialogue can be used when chatting one-on-one, or you can opt for the more traditional worded-text message. If you’re interested in bells & whistles, yep the app has them too. [Check out the articles on filters]

I initially started to use the app to share my personal journey through my right knee surgery, but it’s molded into a wonderful way to make deep connections with my audience.

How can I help you? Come follow me on Snapchat: @seanpdent


UPDATE: (last updated August 11, 2016)

Here are some great how-to articles on using Snapchat:

The ultimate guide on how to use Snapchat

The ultimate guide on how to use Snapchat, explained by a 23-year-old

How to Use Snapchat

The Snap Generation: A Guide to Snapchat’s History

How to Snapchat like the teens?

How to get Snapchat’s new selfie Lenses

Getting to Know the Ghost: The Complete Guide to Snapchat

Snapchat is Growing Up: Everything You Need to Know About Snapchat’s Latest Update

The Beginner’s Guide to Snapchat

How to use Snapchat new features: Snapchat adds new face swap feature, Chat 2.0, Emoji stickers for video

How To Use Snapchat Lenses So You Can Puke Rainbows Like Everyone Else: A Step-By-Step Tutorial

15 Hidden Snapchat Hacks & Features You’ll Wish You Knew About Sooner

How-To: Add Snapchat snaps to Instagram Stories [Video]

The Strategy Behind Snapchat’s Memories Update
Snapchat Tutorial (video below is lengthy… 39 minutes long)


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Feel good Friday..

▶ Michelle Featherstone “I’m There Too” from Peaceful Warrior – YouTube.

I see your footsteps in the sand
As you journey on across this land
But if you should fall on your way
Then I will carry you that day
Cuz I’m there

This song is from one of my favorite books turned movie: The Peaceful Warrior. Aside from how much this movie impacted my life at such a pivotal time in my life, this song reminds me of my wife.

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She’s always been there. Period. Through it all. The good, the bad, the happy, the sad. She is the light at the end of every dark tunnel in my life and she’s the mirror to my flame. There’s a reason she’s my everything.

Love you baby girl.

Sidebar: I drafted this post over 7 months ago and just re-discovered it this past week. We’ve had a challenging time since my knee injury and I’m looking at 6-8 weeks of rehab following my knee surgery. So she’s literally carrying me through all of this.


Finding the miracle in the minimum

Find the miracle in the minimum

We spend the majority of our lives swimming in a sea of comparisons. It’s both a blessing and a curse. It keeps us from being complacent, but it also can drive us insane. We get caught up in the process instead of enjoying the results.

We compare our current selves to our former selves.

We compare ourselves to others.

We compare our results to others.

We compare our job to another job.

The list is endless and is a vicious circle that never ends.

Currently I’m comparing my physical abilities while injured to my abilities when I was injury-free. Which is an unfair comparison in every way. But when are these comparisons ever fair?

I decided to celebrate the small wins of my day today, instead of dwelling on what I couldn’t do. Besides, I’ve already talked complained about them ad nauseam.

My miracle minimums today:

  • I walked up and down my staircases railing-free. I could step up and down without leaning against  the railing or wall.
  • I took the garbage out.
  • I didn’t have to wear compression gear all day to keep the swelling at bay. (I had been needing to keep my knee wrapped and compression socks on to keep my toes from swelling up like mini-sausages. )
  • I made lunch as well as pre-made some meals for the next couple days.

I’ll take it when and where I can get it.

On another positive note, I had a friend offer to drive me to/from any needed places while I’m rehabbing and on crutches. I also discovered my city offers Uber!

So I at least have options to get to my needed therapy. I plan on doing my own traditional physical therapy as well as utilize the pool at the YMCA for water therapy. I’m so ready.

T-minus 6 days until surgery.