Finding old co-worker

  1. Hey is there a place on this board where we can post "lost co-workers"?

    There is a nurse I worked with back in the 80's and early 90's. She and I both moved out-of-state and lost touch. Last I heard she was getting married. How can I find her? I don't know what HS she attended or nursing school, so classmates.com won't work (also I don't know her maiden name, only her then-married name).

    If there isn't already one, can't we have a "lost & found" section on this board?
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Good idea!
  4. by   Stormy62
    How about a place for finding old co-workers on this board? What do you think?
  5. by   P_RN
    I'm holding my vote til I think on this some more. I don't want to start something that could lead to stalking.
  6. by   Stormy62
    Oh wow, didn't think of the stalking issue.
    Well how does classmates.com prevent that?

    Perhaps we could just post WHO we are looking for and if that person is out there (or someone else on the board knows them) they can PM the person that posted them and say "hey, here I am and I have been looking for you too"...or some other sentiment! lol
  7. by   gwenith
    There is an Australian site called schoolfriends.com and it doesn't stop at high school but is for anyone from kindergarted to tertiary education
  8. by   RNonsense
    Originally posted by P_RN
    I'm holding my vote til I think on this some more. I don't want to start something that could lead to stalking.
    I agree. Ex-husbands/wives/patients. No thanks.
  9. by   kids
    classmates.com has an area that you can register under employers.

    Another site that I have not gotten around to checking out is: http://www.nursesreconnected.com
  10. by   Allison S.
    Regarding stalkers, I think that the boards of registration will provide your address to anyone who knows your name. Can't see how it might be worse here.
  11. by   Rustyhammer
    Man I NEVER get stalkers
  12. by   researchrabbit
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    Man I NEVER get stalkers
    Poor Rusty!!!!

    Trust me, even if they're harmless it's just too weird!
  13. by   webbiedebbie
    I think on the nurses connected site, you put in the hospitals where you worked in the past. Then if someone else goes to the site and looks up the same hospitals they could probably contact you. I haven't had any hits yet.
  14. by   sjoe
    "Oh wow, didn't think of the stalking issue.
    Well how does classmates.com prevent that? "

    Probably the most effective prevention it uses is the cost. If you become a member and join (which is not cheap) and continue to pay your annual dues (ditto), you can send email to anyone who is registered. If you haven't paid up, you can't, but you can be a registrant.

    Classmates.com does now provide separate forum for meeting up with previous co-workers, as well as any school alumni(ae), including nursing schools.

    Further, the way it seems to work as best I can figure it out is that registrants can not send you email back if you are a member and send them email, unless THEY also join and pay. People do not list their present locations, phone numbers, or addresses on classmates.com unless they happen to wish to include a link to their personal web page, where they may include this information (not a good idea, regardless).

    The main reason for this, no doubt, is that classmates doesn't want registrants to circumvent their $$$$ machine in order to establish an ongoing relationship with other registrants and/or members without paying the site first.

    On allnurses.com, so long as people don't put personal information in their posts or in their profiles, they can be PM'd or emailed (if they wish), but others can't locate them physically. the same way it is now.

    My main concern would be correlating usernames with real names--which would discourage frank posts, so common sense guidelines might be provided for people who might not think about that when listing themselves for peer to contact.
    Last edit by sjoe on Apr 4, '03

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