Licensed Nurses Only - page 15
I just wanted to run this up the flagpole and see what response i got. How many of you on here believe that this site should be limited to only licensed nurses? No patients,no wanna be nurses and no... Read More
1May 28, '11 by Ashkins529I am one of the few who took it personally, then handled it wrong.
When I first read the OP I was hurt. Then as some more replies were written both by people who agreed and disagreed, I went from hurt to just plain feeling marginalized. Good (licensed professionals) vs Bad (patients, students, and wanna be students)
Do I think anyone was intentionally out to make the patients, students, and wanna be students feel marginalized? No, but it is how I perceived it at the time.
In some ways it brings up the picture of high school. The in crowd and the out crowd or the smart kids and the not so smart. Surely you can think of other examples. What is often missed is that there are times when the out crowd and not so smart can actually teach the in crowd and smart kids. Not by book or professional smarts but by life stories (most of them not even medical). Everyone has them. No one has ever walked the same path as someone else. Everyone is unique and has their own personality and life experiences to bring to the table.
It isn't just this threat that has done it, there is another thread that started well meaning it is starting to go down a slippery slope towards belittling and demeaning a group of people.
I don't say any of this to stir the pot or bring on flames. I am just sharing how I felt/feel.
15May 28, '11 by rn/writerAll of this back and forth stuff is interesting but moot. The site is open to anyone who wants to come here for several reasons.
1. Brian, the founder of this site, wants it to be welcoming to anyone who wishes to come here and is willing to follow the TOS.
2. AN has helped many on their way to becoming nurses. The fact that they could participate allowed them to ask their questions and connect with those who were further down the path. Taking this valuable access away would be a tremendous loss to the individuals considering a career in nursing and to the profession, as well.
3. It would be a logistical nightmare trying to ascertain and verify credentials. What's to stop a person from "borrowing" the name and license # of a total stranger? How would we manage to keep current as people renew (or don't renew) their licenses? Managing a reasonably accurate system would require a ton of work, and for what? To keep people away? That's not the goal.
4. Even if there were such a system in place, there is no guarantee that licensed nurses would give each other the respect we all want and are due. There's always someone ready to pick a fight over who is more worthy and who is more "nursey." It's human nature that allows ugliness to come in and cause problems in a thread, not the presence or absence of a license.
The best method we have for dealing with troublemakers is for members to report posts they find objectionable. Then staff can take a look and decide what action, if any, needs to take place.