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


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.

The stories I tell with my blog writing, video producing and  (former) podcast broadcasting (were) 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 after it is posted and private messages disappear 10 seconds after opening)

[*Side note: There are (multiple) 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 initially started using Snapchat:

  • sharing snippets of my daily personal life (including my journey through knee surgery)
  • providing valuable professional advice
  • sharing mediapreneur topic advice (blog/vlog/marketing/podcasting/content creation)
  • 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-character limit update to Twitter (yes I know Twitter updated their limits) or a psuedo-long-formed post update on Facebook or Instagram (which also has character limits), 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 (in a private Snap). 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.

Here’s how I’m now using Snapchat:

  • created multiple Snapchat story “series” (content) to spark the conversation and create engagement with my Nursing community.
  • created “Snapchat Classroom for Nurses” a “virtual” classroom in lecture form on various topics related to Nursing and the Nursing field.
  • share “The Daily Sean Vlog” & “Facebook Live Vlog” episodes with behind-the-scenes content, topic discussions and various vlog updates.
  • created “#nurseprotip #nurselife #showandtell” a medium (prompt) for sharing snapshots and snippets of interesting content, media, and academic related Nursing information. For example sharing teaching points on viewing chest x-rays.
  • intermittently re-introduce myself to my Snapchat friends, as my friends list keeps growing and I want everyone to know who they just met.
  • created “Question of the Day” a query of random Nursing-related questions to help garner feedback and create engagement around a hot topic in Nursing.
  • created “Coffee Talk” a random personalized conversation between me and my friend list about (Nursing-related) topics that move me, saturate my computer or are popular in the world.

The conversation on Snapchat is much more enriched because you have this air of security with the disappearing Snap (yes, beware it is not fool-proof), but you find more personal connections where you make the effort.

The signal-to-noise ratio is not only tolerable but completely customizable and simple.

You could say I’m a big fan of Snapchat.

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


UPDATE: (last updated October 17, 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]


Snapchat introduces playlists to help fight story overload

Snapchat just changed how you watch stories — but there’s a way to autoplay them the old way

5 Snapchat settings you should change right now

How to use Snapchat | New Snapchat features: How to use Story Playlists, multiple Snapchat filters, face swap, Chat 2.0, Emoji stickers for video and more

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


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My week Instagrammed


A quick recap of my past week. Life at work has started to normalize a bit, at least for the moment. Celebrated my beautiful wife’s birthday. Celebrated my Nephew’s High School graduation. Oh, and summer is officially jump-started…



Me and the birthday girl being wayy to serious. I knew there was a reason I married her.

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Some weekly meal prep for my lunches at work. I gotta eat better…. #paleo

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My Instagrammed Week

My week of Instagramification :

Let's go, get up, get moving. You all know what makes the green grass grow. #staythecourse.

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It's Friday, destroy some fucking cities this weekend. #staythecourse

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WORD. . @officialdoyoueven 👈

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Happy Mother's Day to all the great moms out there! Especially our own JuggerMami @marisainda #MomStrong

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Be you, whatever that may be. www.jekyllhydeapparel.com

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I thought maybe I’d start sharing some of my ‘liked’ photos I find throughout the week. Whether I’ll post this every Friday or not, only time (and my schedule) will tell. I have finally accepted that my blogging, my storytelling and my sharing is completely dictated by my life’s schedule. How many days I’m working my full-time CRNP job, how many days a week I’m coaching, and if there are any events coming up that  I need to attend. Summer season is upon us, so life will definitely get busy.

I’m going to experiment with some ideas for keeping my blog afloat. I thought maybe I’d pose questions to my readers. See what kind of responses I get. I’m chatting more on Twitter these days with the Nurseverse/Nursosphere/Nursetweeps. And of course I’m still pluggin’ away with coaching.

We have a weightlifting meet tomorrow, so wish my athlete luck!!!