I have gotten so much great information from this site, but I just went to send someone a PM and realized I can't because I haven't paid for a membership. What a crock!!
Is any one actually paying to use an online forum???
No, you don't have to pay to use the online nursing forums. It's the extras that you have to pay for--the Nursing Central section has forums for Current Events and other categories for paying members.
As for PM's, as another poster mentioned, your PM function will automatically activate after 15 posts. It always helps to read the Terms of Service because Allnurses moderates based on the TOS. But basically, if you want to post, think three things -- polite, friendly, professional -- and you should be OK.
It's nice to know that you've already gotten good information here. We strive to keep Allnurses the best nursing resource on the Web. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to post in the Admin. Help Desk section. All of the resource links for AN are at the bottom of each page. Enjoy!
I pay for Platinum but like Spidey's Mom said, the extra forum for the paying members are enjoyable to me. Also, websites like this take money to run. I had no problem doing just that because Allnurses has helped me so much in the last couple of years. I know times are tight for many but I had the meas to donate and I didn't see any reason why I shouldn't. I learned most of the stuff I needed to know BEFORE paying. All the great sections are open to all.
If you get as addicted to this place as most do, you'll have your 15 posts in no time and then be able to PM.