Terms of Service

On behalf of the entire Staff, we welcome you to allnurses.com - the largest and most active online nursing community in the world. As with any large community, we ask that everyone follow our TOS (Terms of Service) which are a set of guidelines and rules. Some situations require staff judgement calls, and may not be spelled out in the terms of service.

These Terms of Service are your agreements with us and by becoming a participant in ALLNURSES.COM and the online community, you agree to them and to abide by them in the same way as if you had signed a paper agreement with us.

TERMS OF SERVICE last updated January 1, 2015

The Basic Terms of Service

  1. You agree NOT to post anything you wish to remain private on ALLNURSES.COM, INC as privacy is not possible on the internet.
  2. You agree NOT to post false, defamatory, name-calling, obscene, or threatening messages.
  3. You agree NOT to use profanity.
  4. You agree NOT to give out personal information about others.
  5. You agree NOT to post advertising or solicitations.
  6. You agree NOT to post any copyrighted material.
  7. You agree NOT to post for marketing or commercial research.
  8. You agree NOT to use titles that you have not earned. (RN, Dr, LPN, LVN, Nurse, etc)
  9. You agree NOT to spam ALLNURSES.COM, INC.
  10. You agree NOT to post in any other language except English.
  11. You agree NOT to argue publicly about policies or moderating decisions.
  12. You agree NOT to hold ALLNURSES.COM, INC responsible for any messages posted.
  13. You agree NOT to hold multiple accounts.
  14. You agree NOT to seek or offer medical or legal advice
  15. You agree to indemnify and hold ALLNURSES.COM, INC. harmless from damages caused by content posted or submitted.
  16. You agree that ALLNURSES.COM, INC. has a license to use and re-use your postings or other submissions however ALLNURSES.COM, INC. chooses and, unless ALLNURSES.COM, INC. agrees otherwise (as with a contest) ALLNURSES.COM, INC. does not have to pay you anything for ALLNURSES.COM, INC.’S use of your submissions and postings.
  17. You agree NOT to copy or otherwise use or reproduce the property of ALLNURSES.COM, INC. without ALLNURSES.COM, INC’S express written permission. Unless you have created and submitted the Content and have not assigned your rights to ALLNURSES.COM, INC. as provided in this Terms of Service or another written agreement with ALLNURSES.COM, INC., all Content on ALLNURSES.COM, INC.’S Website, Facebook Page or other digital or written media related to ALLNURSES.COM is the property of ALLNURSES.COM, INC. or the property of others and its reproduction is prohibited without express written consent of ALLNURSES.COM, INC.

    You acknowledge that you are 13 years of age or older, and, if under the age of 18, are using this site under the supervision of a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult. Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to visit or otherwise use our site.

Social Media Sharing

ALLNURSES.COM is a public site and is indexed by Google and other Search Engines on a daily basis. If there is something you are concerned about being public knowledge, you should not be posting it on ALLNURSES.COM or anywhere online.

We occasionally share posts from ALLNURSES.COM on our Facebook page(s). No personal details are shared. What we share is publicly available on ALLNURSES.COM. We share the link to the page, any image found on the page, and a brief context from the page.

Posting Information:

Although the Constitution of the US guarantees that “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech”, ALLNURSES.COM, INC is not Congress. Freedom of speech rights do not extend to ALLNURSES.COM, INC. This Terms of Service (Guidelines) governs the behaviors and activities of the members. If you choose not to follow the guidelines agreed to during registration, the result is disabling your account.

You are not allowed to post libelous information about a person, school, instructor, health care facility, or entity. Any post which is violative of any law or is invasive of a person's privacy will be taken down immediately.

We promote the idea of lively debate. This means you are free to disagree with anyone on any type of subject matter as long as your criticism is constructive and polite. Additionally, please refrain from name-calling. This is divisive, rude, and derails the thread.

Our first priority is to the members that have come here because of the flame-free atmosphere we provide. There is a zero-tolerance policy here against personal attacks. We will not tolerate anyone insulting other's opinion nor name calling.

Our call is to be supportive, not divisive. Because of this, discrimination, racial vilification and offensive generalizations targeting people of other races, religions and/or nationalities, or sexual orientation will not be tolerated.

Foul Language / Profanity:

Nothing should ever be posted here that you would not say in front of a crowd of professionals. ALLNURSES.COM, INC. staff have the right to edit offensive language. (Including profanity cleverly disguised - such as different spelling or a mixture of letters and symbols.)

Information About Others:

No potentially libelous information about specific schools, instructors, or health care facilities/entities should be posted in these forums. While it is important to be able to network, everyone should be mindful of the following:

  1. It is a small world - when we narrow it down to a state and throw in some personal info, there is actually a pretty good chance someone may recognize you if you are not careful. Your privacy is paramount to us.
  2. While this site is a wonderful place to vent (without excess personally identifiable details) it is not the place to express why ("x" specific person, place or program) is terrible. Gripe away, but since we cannot permit allegations to be made about named entities, your care in not naming them is very much appreciated.
  3. Please do not give out personal identifying information about yourself or others. Do not name names where anyone could identify any person in any facility including your nursing programs or place of employment.

Advertising / Self Promotion:

Please do not post any messages anywhere on this site that are primarily for the promotion or advertising of any website, email address, forum, business, MLM, activity, personal blogs, or other entities with which you have an affiliation including non-profit sites (ie. no self-promotion).

We do not allow any form of commercial advertising in the bulletin board post, avatars, signatures, or user names. This includes using your avatar or signature to link to other websites or promotional messages that are advertising in nature. Please note, this includes links to political parties’ websites.

You may not post items to sell, purchase, or rent, including books, school supplies, uniforms, or any form of real estate.

You may not invite, solicit or coerce others to join other community websites through posts, email, PM, use of ALLNURSES.COM, INC. membership list or any other resource within the ALLNURSES.COM, INC. We allow linking to other information websites, as long as it is for informational purposes and not for self promotion advertisement. Staff members may remove or edit links at their discretion.

If you are interested in advertising to our nursing audience, please visit our Advertise With Us page.

Copyrighted Material:

No "spreading of copyrighted Material": Please do not upload, attach or post anything that is copyrighted or licensed without prior consent of the owner. For example, if you want to post content from an online article, do not post the whole article; post a partial synopsis, and then a link to the source.

Please do not request or post test questions, test preparation materials, test bank codes, or post links to, or use this site to send or request via email or pm such material that is protected by copyright. THOSE POSTING SUCH TEST-RELATED COPYRIGHT MATERIAL WILL BE BANNED.

Use of Submissions:

We do not guarantee that your Content (messages, posts, reviews, articles, etc.) will appear on the website ALLNURSES.COM, our Facebook page, or any other digital or written media owned or controlled by ALLNURSES.COM, INC. Subject to any separate written agreement to the contrary that we may enter into with you regarding your Content, by providing Content, you grant ALLNURSES.COM, INC, and its licensees, successors and assigns, a worldwide, royalty free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, edit, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display your Content (in whole or in part) on the website ALLNURSES.COM, INC, our Facebook page or any other digital or written media owned or controlled by ALLNURSES.COM, INC. or in any other program, or in any advertising, promotion and publicity, in any form, in any and all media now known or hereinafter devised, throughout the world in perpetuity. Subject to more specific crediting with respect to articles submitted, ALLNURSES.COM, INC. may, in its sole discretion, post or mention your first name, last name, city and/or state, in connection with use of your Content, without additional credit, compensation, notification, permission or approval.

Solicited Articles:

We may, from time to time, request that you and others submit articles or other Content for publication on the ALLNURSES.COM website or Facebook page as part of contests or other requests that provide payment to you or give you the chance to be paid, give you recognition or allow you to receive other benefits of publicity by reason of the submission. Subject to any other written agreement that we may separately enter into with you, any such Content that you submit will be the subject of a “check the box” online agreement. By checking “yes”, you agree that in exchange for the benefits you receive or have a chance to receive, you hereby permanently assign to ALLNURSES.COM, INC. all your rights to publish, duplicate, display, transmit or link to the article or Content, and all previously submitted articles or Content of that you may have submitted to ALLNURSES.COM, in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which it can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device, including without limitation the rights to archive, republish, edit, repackage or revise any article or Content in any manner ALLNURSES.COM, INC. sees fit. ALLNURSES.COM, INC. shall also have the right to own or register any copyrights to any works or compilations hereby assigned by you or created by ALLNURSES.COM, INC. that contain the article or Content submitted by you, in whole or in part. This agreement shall benefit ALLNURSES.COM, INC and its successors and assigns and shall bind you and your heirs, administrators, successors and assigns forever.

Commercial Research:

You may not post for marketing or commercial research. Marketing / Research is strictly prohibited and member's account may be closed immediately. Research in the context of nursing graduate school is permitted. All submissions for academic research must be approved by the allnurses senior administrative staff before they can be posted on this site. Please read Academic Nursing Research Requests for more information.

Using Professional Titles:

Members cannot call themselves by professional titles, if they do not hold that title. ie. "doctor, Dr., RN, LPN, LVN, Nurse, CNA, RT, MA" etc, unless they are actually licensed and/or certified as such. Use of such titles is protected under most state laws. If you have chosen a user ID name that reflects an unearned professional title, please contact: Admin Office, and submit three (3) names for consideration. An administrator will contact you.

No Spamming or Cross Posting in Multiple Forums

Please do not spam forums with multiple posts in multiple forums. Moderators may move to most appropriate area. You can use the "search" feature to find topics of interest.

English Only:

While ALLNURSES.COM, INC hosts visitors from around the world, it is based in the United States and much of our membership is English speaking. Due to our inability to moderate threads in other languages, we ask that interactions be in English for the enjoyment of as many posters as possible.

Please do not type entirely in capitals as it is considered shouting on the Internet.  Staff reserves the right to address any issues of length, paragraphing, font size, or any other characteristic that makes a post difficult to read.

Desiring to maintain professionalism, text speak (also known as chatspeak, txtspk, texting language or txt talk) is discouraged. Along with using proper English spelling and punctuation, this shows respect for the owner, other bulletin board members, guests, and makes it easier to read your message.

Disagreements with Policies or Staff Decisions:

You agree not to argue about policies or moderating decisions in the public forums. If you disagree with a policy or a decision, you may respectfully post your comments in private in the Admin Office. You will not attempt to petition the website owner through the use of posts, polls, emails, PMs or any other method found on ALLNURSES.COM, INC.

Messages Posted - Responsibility:

Considering the real-time nature of ALLNURSES.COM, INC., it is impossible for us to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted.

We do not actively monitor the contents of every message posted on ALLNURSES.COM, INC. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message.

You agree to indemnify and hold ALLNURSES.COM, INC. harmless against any claims asserted by any third parties that allege the Content submitted by you violates the third parties’ rights, or from any breach by you of any promises, warranties or representations contained in these Terms of Services. You shall be responsible for any costs incurred by ALLNURSES.COM, INC. for defense or settlement of third party claims, including but not limited to our attorneys’ fees.

The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of ALLNURSES.COM, INC., it's owner, or any entity associated with ALLNURSES.COM, INC.Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately using the report button. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.

Multiple Accounts:

Creation of multiple accounts is prohibited. Members with multiple accounts are required to merge their accounts with the help of an Administrator. If one or more accounts are found to be created for the express purpose of trolling, flaming, or continually not complying with the Terms of Service, all accounts will be closed without further notice.

If you need to change your user ID name after the registration is complete please contact administration in the Admin Office and submit three (3) choices for consideration and your rationale for the change. An administrator will contact you if one of the names is available.

Medical Advice:

ALLNURSES.COM, INC. or it's members do not offer medical advice. Any requests for such will be removed. If you have a medical problem, please seek attention from your healthcare provider. You are not allowed to ask for medical advice related to a health situation that affects you, a family member, or someone you know.

Legal Advice:

ALLNURSES.COM, INC. or it's members do not offer legal advice. Any requests for such will be removed. If you have a legal problem, please seek legal counsel.

Breach of Terms of Service

ALLNURSES.COM, INC staff reserves the right to edit/remove the posts and/or disable the account of any member who does not comply with these guidelines or any reason deemed appropriate by the administration for the safety and good of the community.

Requests for account removal will entail removing personal data such as location, avatar, signature, etc to protect the privacy of the person but the member account and postings will remain intact because of the nature of the threading of posts within the database.

Problematic posts/threads may be deleted or closed. Threads are closed to cool down passionate postings that have strayed off the original topic; we will attempt to post warning notice before taking this action. Please note, the administrators do have the ability to read private messages.

How to Handle Personal Attacks or Objectionable Material

We are the largest peer-to-peer nursing community on the Internet. We are dealing with almost 1 million members. Presently, we have 20+ volunteer moderator and admin staff who monitor this board periodically. They are here to help -- please feel free to contact them with any problems you may have. They have been instructed to enforce our zero-tolerance policy. Our biggest concern here is the quality of membership not the quantity. We have no problem removing any individual who disrupts this bulletin board.

If you are in a position where you feel you have been personally attacked, do not respond to that attack. Please report the post by clicking on the report button found within the message. (Yellow triangle in the left hand corner of each post).

Expectations of the Administrators

Members who repeatedly violate these standards after given a warning will be reported to the administrator. Only the administrator can make the decision to BAN a poster and ALLdecisions of the administrator are FINAL.

You will enjoy a great deal of freedom here, with the ability to freely debate upon a number of subjects, as long as you remain civil and polite to each other.

You are among the most intelligent, friendly, experienced, passionate and vocal nursing posters anywhere on the Internet. You are part of a site whose opinions are widely read by men and women considering nursing, nursing assistants, students from around the world. This website is one of the most highly respected within the nursing community and is listed as a resource in nursing publications and at other nursing related websites. We didn't get to that status without the professional and courteous contributions of our membership. We welcome you to a place you will soon call home.

Thank You for joining our Nursing Community!