Be Careful When Posting - page 4

by TheCommuter, ADN, RN Senior Moderator | 8,996 Views | 42 Comments

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    Quote from workingharder
    As I have stated before, this is not a true representation of me. That's not my real nose.
    And I still say that this statement and that avatar totally crack me up!
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    great topic, I try to be careful and not use names, and I don't tell people the name of the places I have worked. It is important to be wise about what you share here.
    TheCommuter likes this.
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    Quote from GrnTea
    Solution: More threads of people burned by stalkers, employers, and family members because of too-easily-identified posts on AN. (OK, OK, no more green font as a choice, and no more Comic Sans ... a pity ... I will miss being able to scan for me and Ruby please reconsider ... )
    I miss you, too GreenTea. I spent a long time trying to MAKE it do Comic Sans, then blue and then I sadly scanned through looking for your Green comic sans . . . to no avail. It's not the same place without it.
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    Absolutely. I've recognized people from AN in real life and been recognized as well. So I post as though I'm posting under my real name and not a screen name.
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    I've posted where I live in the general area but not so much personal info. I learned that the hard way on a dif forum that I follow. at last count, I had about 6 or 7 ppl who know my screen name. now when I post on that forum, I post knowing ppl know me. If I need to post s/t anonamously, I post under my second screen name to hide my ID.

    I once had a nurse tell me not to discuss job offers here. She said she found a thread discussing the same job offer as her but the OP didnt get the job and that made her super nervous and anxious. the RN got the job but she warned me to be careful here.

    now I post here as though ppl do know who I am or they can find out really easy. which means I keep personal info limited
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    Quote from Stephalump

    In that context, II don't know that you "lose" any more freedom than any other profession
    If I were a plumber and my boss found me online ranting about him and my coworkers, I'm pretty sure the consequences would be the same. The difference is that you've made yourself a little easier to find by joining a site dedicated to ranting nurses.
    I agree. I've talked to RL coworkers about this actually and made the same point..............except the fact that I can name a number of other career paths in which it is much more so that way.

    We were talking about gossip in general and someone said there is too much of it in nursing. I believe part of the reason is that nurses get away with it more so than other fields. I used to be a landscaper and if the boss (heck, even if it were a fellow, same ranked employee) found out you were spreading **** and vinegar about them around, WATCH OUT. You could expect to be called out on the carpet, probably will have to defend yourself physically, definitely will be the butt of a great many insults/jokes and if they don't think you learned your lesson........you're gone and good luck trying to collect unemployment (especially if they can prove you were talking about them, ie.....have a screen shot of your comments from a social media site WITH YOUR PICTURE IDENTIFYING YOU).

    In nursing, meh........some people will click their teeth at you and many will bad mouth you behind your back but all in all, it takes a lot for anyone to take any assertive action about it. Then the nurse feels justified in their behavior......gets worse.......and administration steps in.

    My point: Nursing is wild and free with its cattiness and foul mouthing others. I can not view actions against those who do it as a "loss of freedom of speech." Especially when they are so bold about it as to post on social media with an identifying picture.
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    I've had real life colleagues think they recognize me, but no one has gotten it right yet. (At least, not anyone who has actually talked to me about it.) I have been guilty of laughing out loud at one of the humor threads I've posted in, and a colleague will want to know what I'm reading, then start reading it on their own and call me over to read "this post that's just hysterically funny." A few times it's been my own post. And once, someone else spoke up and claimed their post.

    I think it's potentially very dangerous to have your own picture as avatar. People get drawn into arguments on some of these threads, and I know people don't think before they post. I'd hate to have someone have one of their vent posts come back and bite them in the derierre. (Oh, pshaw! I shouldn't use words I can't spell!)

    If you post on social media and use your own picture, or list your job or school on you FaceBook, MySpace, Frienster or other pages, then you pretty much deserve what you get if this go wrong for you. Even if you don't friend your boss, someone else who has friended you could rat on you.
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    This is a GREAT reminder!

    I always post with the thought that I could easily be recognized and never say anything that I wouldn't say to someone in person. That being said, I didn't want to be the weirdo that has her picture as her avatar, as people seem to think that's a bad idea, so I have changed it.

    I have seen social media blow up in someone's face. A girl in my class had posted someone most people would see as completely innocent on Facebook. Someone (not a nice person) decided to take it to the dean of nursing who felt that it was inappropriate. She almost lost her place in the nursing program because of it.

    It doesn't seem like much until it's coming back to bite you in the butt. Better to be safe than sorry.
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    Quote from Bloomgirl118
    This is a GREAT reminder!

    I always post with the thought that I could easily be recognized and never say anything that I wouldn't say to someone in person. That being said, I didn't want to be the weirdo that has her picture as her avatar, as people seem to think that's a bad idea, so I have changed it.

    I have seen social media blow up in someone's face. A girl in my class had posted someone most people would see as completely innocent on Facebook. Someone (not a nice person) decided to take it to the dean of nursing who felt that it was inappropriate. She almost lost her place in the nursing program because of it.

    It doesn't seem like much until it's coming back to bite you in the butt. Better to be safe than sorry.
    Same thing happened in my program. A guy posted something about one of his clinical assignments on Facebook (no name or anything like that, but descriptive and the name of the hospital) and the hospital found out and was furious. He came very, very close to being kicked out of the program over it. Lesson to students: don't tag your clinical site in your Facebook posts! If you must, just talk about the awesomeness it :-)

    Personally, I joined this site solely for posting on my school's local thread during the application cycle. So now that I've met my fellow nursing students, I'n easily recognizable by at least 40 people out there. Meaning I only have endless LOVE for my program, fellow students, and professors And clinical assignments? What clinical assignments???

    I'll probably find a way to incognito myself soon.
    Last edit by Stephalump on Aug 13, '12
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    Quote from Stephalump
    Personally, I joined this site solely for posting on my school's local thread during the application cycle. So now that I've met my fellow nursing students, I'n easily recognizable by at least 40 people out there. Meaning I only have endless LOVE for my program, fellow students, and professors And clinical assignments? What clinical assignments???
    Yup. This is how I've recognized people and been recognized. I had a classmate come up to me once and say "What's up HIDDENCAT!" as in, actually using my sn here, and I ran in to a graduate of my program who I just got this feeling was a certain poster here and I was right.

    Specialties are small communities too, and take a specialty and your general location....it's amazing how narrowed down things can get.

    If I ever decide to delete my account and come back "fresh" I won't disclose my state or my school program. But I'm too attached to all my "likes" to seriously consider that, lol!


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