Be Careful When Posting

by TheCommuter Asst. Admin

This message is a lighthearted reminder to exercise the utmost caution when posting personal information, since allnurses.com is the largest online community of nurses and nursing students in existence.

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    Be Careful When Posting

    As many of you are already aware, allnurses.com is the largest online nursing community on the world wide web and one of the most commonly visited professional social networks in existence today. The variety of forums, sheer number of wonderful members, supportive atmosphere, and constant exchange of information all contribute to making this website a fantastic virtual place for spending one's free time.

    Personally, I became a member more than seven years ago while I was a student at a school of vocational nursing (LVN). As I have grown professionally and personally in the nursing field, allnurses.com has been right there with me. During my tenure here, I have completed an LVN program, graduated from an RN bridge program, and worked as a nurse for more than six years. I am still amazed at the fact that I continue to learn new tidbits on an almost daily basis while browsing these informative forums.

    This message is a friendly, heartfelt reminder to exercise the utmost caution when posting personal information about you, your school, classmates, instructors, coworkers, and place of employment. After all, allnurses.com is the largest online community of nurses and nursing students, and clever readers are more than capable of putting two and two together to come up with you.

    Even if you have not posted the name of your school, your workplace's name, or your exact geographic location, some inquisitive people have been able to read the very detailed posts and figure out that the member is someone with whom they are acquainted 'in real life.' In fact, this scenario has played out on more than one occasion.

    While these forums are generally safe to vent and release some steam, think twice before insulting your professors or posting too much information about the patients and families that you encounter during your clinical rotations. Tread carefully when posting vivid details about the annoying classmate or the critical coworker. Exercise some caution when criticizing your nursing program. You absolutely do not want any posted material to come back and haunt you at a later date.

    In summary, be careful when posting. Continue to enjoy the multiple forums, fellow members, continual flow of information, and abundant resources that make allnurses.com the biggest and best online nursing community on the internet today. After all, this website would not be the same without your great posts, opinions, contributions, viewpoints, and discourse. I know that I speak for others when I say that we love having you all here. You, the readers, are the reason that allnurses.com rocks!
    Last edit by Joe V on Aug 10, '12
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    TheCommuter is a moderator of allnurses.com and has varied experiences upon which to draw for her articles. She was an LPN/LVN for more than four years prior to becoming a registered nurse.

    TheCommuter joined Feb '05 - from 'Fort Worth, Texas, USA'. Age: 33 TheCommuter has '8' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'acute rehab, long term care, and psych'. Posts: 25,313 Likes: 34,323; Learn more about TheCommuter by visiting their allnursesPage Website


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    I wish there could be a mass mailing to the members.....!!!!! I'll be referring to this....ALOT!

    Not to mention the posting of personal e-mails and being scanned by spam bots.

    Be smart Be safe!
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    I post under the assumption that everyone already knows who I am: that is, I don't say anything here that I wouldn't own up to saying in real life. The strategy has worked pretty well online for the last 18 years...I find it makes life much easier that way, as well as keeps me out of trouble.
    metal_m0nk, hikernurse, bagladyrn, and 25 others like this.
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    I would also be especially careful if you are going to use an actual picture of yourself as your avatar.
    Last edit by Hygiene Queen on Aug 10, '12
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    I cautioned a student on the student forum about using real names and email addresses (especially those including their actual names!). I have cautioned against photos and insanely clear identifiers.

    All I got for my trouble were the attitudes/responses that it was "no big deal".

    Me, I'm all for sharing only what you'd be willing to post on your employer's bulletin board--complete with your photo!
    oklahomagal, GrnTea, sharpeimom, and 8 others like this.
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    Quote from RNsRWe
    I cautioned a student on the student forum about using real names and email addresses (especially those including their actual names!). I have cautioned against photos and insanely clearAll I got for my trouble were the attitudes/responses that it was "no big deal".Me, I'm all for sharing only what you'd be willing to post on your employer's bulletin board--complete with your photo!
    I agree. It really scares me when people start posting email addresses.
    Piglet08, GrnTea, VivaLasViejas, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from RNsRWe
    I cautioned a student on the student forum about using real names and email addresses (especially those including their actual names!). I have cautioned against photos and insanely clear identifiers.

    All I got for my trouble were the attitudes/responses that it was "no big deal".

    Me, I'm all for sharing only what you'd be willing to post on your employer's bulletin board--complete with your photo!
    They will also be the ones who are shocked when they get fired or terminated from school for breaching social media policies.

    YOu can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
    icandy, NicuGal, GrnTea, and 6 others like this.
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    I can share that I was a member when AllNurses was a bit smaller, some 10 years ago. I guess my writing etc is distinctive...because even though I was working at a very very large hospital, etc, One of the Education Ladies recognised me and put the two together. Since I was posting a lot about my difficulties being a new grad in an ICU...I did not want her to know, so I kind of gave her a look and said, What's AllNurses? It was very creepy.

    I'm a little more secure now, but it is always a good practice to be as anonymous as you can.
    VivaLasViejas, GrnTea, nursemami4, and 5 others like this.
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    Thank you Commuter. A really good reminder. I was just having these thoughts, reading the other day. Kudos.
    GrnTea and TheCommuter like this.
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    Word. As the kids say.
    VivaLasViejas, GrnTea, NyteshiftLVN, and 3 others like this.


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