Allnurses needs nurses - page 6

I have loved this site, but as I check , "Today's Posts", as is my wont, more and more, there are only student related topics. What has happened here? Has anyone else noticed this? I have no... Read More

  1. by   harajuku
    I love when the pre-nursing students give career advice.
  2. by   tnbutterfly
    Just want you to know that although no staff has posted in this thread, we are reading your comments and value your input.

    I certainly agree with the title - "Allnurses needs nurses." We always welcome more members......nurses and students alike.

    We realize that students post mistakenly in the "nursing" forums, especially the General Nursing forum. We try our best to move those to more appropriate forums as quickly as possible, but we do not have enough staff to dedicate one person to focus 24/7 searching for misplaced student threads. Fortunately, we have many Guides and members who help us keep an eye out and report misplaced threads. We really appreciate those extra sets of eyes. You can help us keep the nursing forums cleaned up by using the report icon to notify the moderators of the errant threads/posts. We will address your reports as quickly as we can.

    allnurses is for all nurses and nursing students. We are not going to split the students off in another site. Students can benefit from talking to real nurses. And there are some of you who are excellent mentors and take the time to patiently respond to what sometimes seems like endless questions of students. I don't know about you, but I would've loved to have a place like allnurses when I was a student....a place where I could go and get some great advice. Some of the posts in this thread are from members who joined when they were students. They shared how much they learned from being on allnurses. And guess what.....They are now nurses and are still here.

    You talk about the duplicate topics and questions that keep popping up. Remember....this is the first time this member has asked that question. It's all new to them, just like everything nursing-related, as well as allnurses-related was new to you once. Do you think that questions you asked when you first came to allnurses, or even questions you ask now, have never been asked before?

    For those of you who are not interested in communicating with students, take the advice that Rose_Queen posted. She gave details on how to mark all the student forums as read and then use the What's New to view all the non-nursing threads that are new. Thank you, Rose_Queen!!

    Some of you mention that there are not specialty topics that you are interested in. Have you read the School Nurses forum lately. It is the liveliest specialty forum on the site. It wasn't always that way. One member made it her personal goal to increase activity in that forum, and it is now booming with activity. Thanks to all of you who have contributed to the revival of the School Nurses forum.

    This can happen to other specialty forums as well. In post #45 of this thread, calivianya posted some great ideas.

    I have an idea, guys... like the what I learned this week thread (which was amazing, it's a shame that sort of went away). How about every single one of you take a minute, think about the most recent new thing you learned/saw/did, and consider writing an article about it?

    I've never written an article before, but I promise I'll work on trying to come up with one this week if some of you guys promise me the same.

    We all work in dramatically different environments, even if some of us work on the same type of unit. We all have different physicians, who have preferences for different drugs/techniques/etc. I bet each of us has a ton of interesting, specialized knowledge.
    Once you post more articles/threads in your forum of interest, you will eventually get more traffic. Click on the specialty tab above and look how many of the featured posts are from the School Nurses forum.

    Once again, just wanted to let you know your comments are appreciated. We cannot implement all your suggestions, but we are reading them.

    Thanks to each of you for your participation on and dedication to allnurses.com.
  3. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from tnbutterfly
    Just want you to know that although no staff has posted in this thread, we are reading your comments and value your input.

    I certainly agree with the title - "Allnurses needs nurses." We always welcome more members......nurses and students alike.

    We realize that students post mistakenly in the "nursing" forums, especially the General Nursing forum. We try our best to move those to more appropriate forums as quickly as possible, but we do not have enough staff to dedicate one person to focus 24/7 searching for misplaced student threads. Fortunately, we have many Guides and members who help us keep an eye out and report misplaced threads. We really appreciate those extra sets of eyes. You can help us keep the nursing forums cleaned up by using the report icon to notify the moderators of the errant threads/posts. We will address your reports as quickly as we can.

    allnurses is for all nurses and nursing students. We are not going to split the students off in another site. Students can benefit from talking to real nurses. And there are some of you who are excellent mentors and take the time to patiently respond to what sometimes seems like endless questions of students. I don't know about you, but I would've loved to have a place like allnurses when I was a student....a place where I could go and get some great advice. Some of the posts in this thread are from members who joined when they were students. They shared how much they learned from being on allnurses. And guess what.....They are now nurses and are still here.

    You talk about the duplicate topics and questions that keep popping up. Remember....this is the first time this member has asked that question. It's all new to them, just like everything nursing-related, as well as allnurses-related was new to you once. Do you think that questions you asked when you first came to allnurses, or even questions you ask now, have never been asked before?

    For those of you who are not interested in communicating with students, take the advice that Rose_Queen posted. She gave details on how to mark all the student forums as read and then use the What's New to view all the non-nursing threads that are new. Thank you, Rose_Queen!!

    Some of you mention that there are not specialty topics that you are interested in. Have you read the School Nurses forum lately. It is the liveliest specialty forum on the site. It wasn't always that way. One member made it her personal goal to increase activity in that forum, and it is now booming with activity. Thanks to all of you who have contributed to the revival of the School Nurses forum.

    This can happen to other specialty forums as well. In post #45 of this thread, calivianya posted some great ideas.



    Once you post more articles/threads in your forum of interest, you will eventually get more traffic. Click on the specialty tab above and look how many of the featured posts are from the School Nurses forum.

    Once again, just wanted to let you know your comments are appreciated. We cannot implement all your suggestions, but we are reading them.

    Thanks to each of you for your participation on and dedication to allnurses.com.
    Regarding the questions that are asked over and over -- some of them are WORTH starting a new thread every couple of years or so. Not the NETY or PVT ones, but the ones about how to thrive on the night shift, what to expect from a preceptor, what's the dumbest mistake you've ever made, and how do you deal with demanding visitors can always benefit from someone's fresh experience or more experienced take.

    I wish I'd had AN when I first started out -- reading some of those threads could have prevented me from making a complete donkey of myself a time or two. Many of the threads answer questions I would not have thought of asking but would have benefitted from having had answered.

    Many posters introduce themselves to the group by offering up a scenerio that they believe is TOTALLY unfair to them and asking for advice. The advice that they are given by experienced nurses isn't what they wanted to hear and they get angry and tell everyone off. The truth is, while that thread may not be giving them what they wanted, it may be giving them what they need . . . and other newbies who are reading the thread can learn from it as well (and potentially not make the same mistake.)

    Often times, the only way we realize how mistaken we are is to see someone ELSE get chastised for the same thing we've done or are considering doing. AN is very valuable in that respect.
  4. by   Emergent
    I personally don't see anything wrong with the Nety threads. They seem to attract a lot of interest and lively debate. It's an important subject worth talking about in nursing, with lots of varying opinions. I think if someone finds the subject wearisome, they should avoid it just like I avoid subjects that I'm not interested in by not clicking on the threads.

    Just because someone has a different opinion on the subject of bullying in nursing doesn't mean we should shut the discussion of that subject. I'm in favor of an open-ended policy regarding acceptable topics of discussion.


    I would like to see a revival of experienced nurses discussing all manner of things. There has been a noticeable dwindling of that in the last 6 months or more. There are a plethora of threads that I'm not interested in. I find many of the students sound rather immature to me, they don't really understand nursing yet, and I prefer talking to more seasoned participants.

    I do value the fact that students are a part of this site and I oppose segregating them. That's not healthy nor is it holistic. I also think that the break room discussion should be a part of this site not a separate one. I've never enjoyed the break room, I'd rather see one off topic category as part of the general site. I think that would be a lively and fun area.
  5. by   roser13
    16-18 threads on current General Nursing page are student-driven.
  6. by   JKL33
    Shortly after I first joined I sent an inquiry about whether there was (or could be) an area accessible only to licensed nurses. This wasn't to try to be "exclusive", but rather just acknowledging that some of our questions or discussions could benefit from being limited to those who have significant wisdom, experience, or education directly related to the topic. I received a reply and was told this would not be happening. While not a 'rude' reply, I did get the impression that my request was sort of egregious. For that reason, although I probably would've enjoyed participating more, I decided not to for the most part. When it comes to professional nursing discussions, I'd prefer to read input from others who have 'walked a mile...'
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I do think as nurses we have somewhat of a "duty" to mentor new nurses/students. I don't argue against it. But I too, have noticed the changes and that our general forum is being somewhat overrun with nursing student posts. Maybe this is a natural progression and the course of things. I don't know.

    But I also like to chat with active, practicing nurses and have been a bit dismayed by the pre-nursing/nursing students telling me how I should think, behave or practice. And I bristle at being asked advice only told off by the person asking for it in the first place. I see a lot more of that than in past years. A lot of special snowflakes who want to control how the thread goes once they post it. And then flounce off when they feel the least bit overwhelmed.

    Well how do you think actual *nursing* will be if you can't take opinions on a public forum, that you asked for?

    And I guess I am not alone in how I feel.

    But I do still enjoy the site. And the NETY threads sure have me popping the popcorn (grin)
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 20
  8. by   Christy1019
    Missed you!! Welcome back!
  9. by   Christy1019
    I'm sadly one of those nurses who stopped visiting the site as often when the app went away. I used to go on the app daily, looked forward to the lively debates and discussions, however I don't use my laptop very often, and navigating a website forum on a smart phone is not something I care to do. However, tonight it is slow at work so I thought what the heck, let me see what is going on there, and it does seem to be a lot more student questions than nursing discussion. I say, bring the app back please! If you build it, they will come...
  10. by   vanilla bean
    Quote from tnbutterfly
    We realize that students post mistakenly in the "nursing" forums, especially the General Nursing forum.
    I've never started a new thread, but I have accidentally clicked on the "Add Your Topic Now" button before. One thing I noticed is that there is no option to select which forum you'd like to post in. So, inevitably, the new thread posts in whichever forum you happen to be in at the time whether it is the most appropriate or not (and I would guess that the "General Nursing" forum is a popular destination for perusing the site). Why not offer a drop down box asking posters which forum they would like to post their new thread in? It would also help those brand new AN users who haven't had the chance to fully explore the extensive nature of the site to see that there are many forums that are directly related to their topic of interest.
  11. by   fawnmarie
    One thing that I do like about the current mix of members is that there are fewer pot-stirrers and feather-rufflers right now. 3 years ago, there were a couple of members who felt the need (or so it seemed) to comment on every single thread, whether or not they had anything valuable to add to the discussion. One member in particular seemed to enjoy disagreeing with others just for the heck of it...maybe she had too much time on her hands...and she could turn any thread into a political, controversial, raging discussion. She no longer posts here, and we seem to have fewer trolls trying to stir the pot and cause bickering.
  12. by   tnbutterfly
    Just want to give you an update.

    Because of your comments re. too many errant student threads in the General Nursing forum and our own observations, we have been investigating and discovered a glitch that affected the topic submission process in the General Student forum and a couple of other forums. This caused threads that were meant for other forums to get posted in General Nursing. That has been fixed now, so hopefully that will solve part of the problem.
  13. by   BostonFNP
    I will say for better or worse (and perhaps I am one of those people are happy to see not post as much), I post less because I miss the app.

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