How Do I Start A New Topic?
You are ready to submit your first topic. But, you don't know how to start. This article will help you get started. We will break down the steps for you and explain the different type of topics that you can submit. Please feel free to post any questions that you have. This article is targeted for new and repeat visitors.
You are free to submit any topic you wish. But, keep the following in mind...
We are a community of nurses and students.
All kinds of people visit allnurses. You have access to the same tools they have.
You can ask questions.
You can share your experiences.
You can rant.
You can leave a comment.
You can share a "study guide".
You can share an "article".
You can read whatever you want.
Before posting any topics we do ask that you abide to our Terms of Service. Any topic in violation of our Terms of Service will be removed. This is a waste of your time and ours.
What is a topic? A topic is a subject of discussion. It can be written to teach, to inform, or to entertainment. It's purpose is to start a conversation on allnurses.com.
We are here for EVERYONE.
We are here to help you in networking, sharing, talking, and learning all things nursing.
What is Content Type?
We use Content Types to group content found on allnurses.com.
Content Types are labels that help us filter content. They are used by our system to format/style the content to make them stand out.
Articles, Images, Contests, Surveys, Videos, Polls, FAQs, Featured, threads, etc are all examples of Content Type. They are all CONTENT. Content read by our readers. Content written by our members.
Images/Albums, Polls, and Videos are labels that are automatically set by the system on submitting content. The other labels are added by Staff.
These labels are hotlinked. When clicked you are redirected to a page that lists all topics with that label.
Here are examples of how content types help us filter content on the site...
- Nursing Articles
- Nursing Toons/Memes
- Nursing Videos
- allnurses.com Contests
- Featured Nurse Topics
- Featured Student Topics
Articles are the best way to build a following.
When labeled as an 'Article' your content will be found on forums, main page, Nursing Articles page, profile, newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and so much more. They will easily stand out to grab the reader's attention. Also, all articles written are listed in the author's profile Blog page.
When submitting an article ... there is an Article? option ... select 'Yes, I'm submitting an Article.'
IMPORTANT: The default Content Type is 'Thread'. Most topics will fall under this type. If topic does not conform to our Article Rules then leave this option as-is.
If you want to submit an Article the following applies:
Articles are reviewed by staff before going public. No chat txt, 600 word minimum, , punctuation, , are some of the reasons your content may not be approved as an article. No self-promotion unless pre-approved. Must be unique and not posted elsewhere.
We are not English teachers so we are not looking for perfection. But, we do want to make sure that our readers can follow it. That our readers will enjoy it.
How to start a topic...
Topics can be started from any page on allnurses.com. To start a topic please click
button found in the section that closely matches your topic.
The Content Editor is straightforward but if you are still having problems please visit How To Submit An Article to see a "visual" breakdown of our editor.
How To Start A Great Topic
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Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in Programming, Software, Web ArchitectJul 17, '14It confuses me how to start. But before that I love reading testimonies and facts nurses had to go through before they could get to what they wanted to be. Hope this site can help my journey once I get to the US.Oct 12, '14I'm still kind of confused. Maybe I will just read a few of the other articles before I post my question.I'm sure I'm not the only one with the problem I have.Feb 26, '15I too is being confused with this. I joined this site because it looks so informative and i believe this can be of great help for me. But is it free to ask questions from here and do questions should be all about nursing? Thanks.Feb 26, '15the site is FREE ... you can post any nursing question about work, specialties, schools, resume, job, etc ... you can also share nursing articles written by you (Win Cash Reward $$$), share your own study guides, etc
you can post off-topic questions in the BreakroomFeb 27, '15I just signed up here and learning stuff on how to do this and that.. Im wondering how can i make a new thread because i have questions on how to get started in my NCLEX review. Please help =)Feb 27, '15Go to https://allnurses.com/nclex-discussion-forum/ and click on the large green Submit A New Topic Today! buttonFeb 28, '15Thank you for this forum. I just joined.
I tried to post a general discussion item, but realized it had disappeared when I left the keyboard for a minute. I guess I had "timed out" and was no longer signed in. Though throughout my typing the post the "auto save" sign came up several times.
What did I do wrong ?Feb 28, '15if the system was able to auto save your message you can find it by going into the section (forum) and starting a new topic - the message will appear if it indeed saved
NOTE: If you tried submitting another topic within the same section this would overwrite the previous saved message.
about logging off ... when submitting a topic it is possible that you were signed out ... this happens when you are on the page for too long (the session expires)
I hope this helps.Feb 28, '15Thank you. I think my session, " timed out " before I could submit it. Thank you for your advice.