Be Careful When Posting

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


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Specializes in Forensic Psych. Has 2 years experience.

Ah, but I seriously doubt that you'd post one like ....right?


Hah! Poor Bobby Sampson is going to wake up to an inbox full of Viagra ads and Nigerian money scams.

Specializes in Labor and Delivery. Has 3 years experience.
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.

Thats how I feel about Facebook too..Mine is private but even if someone could somehow see something I wouldn't care because I never post anything that I wouldn't say in real life.

CapeCodMermaid, RN

6,090 Posts

Specializes in Gerontology, Med surg, Home Health. Has 30 years experience.
I would also be especially careful if you are going to use an actual picture of yourself as your avatar.
You mean that's NOT your cap!?!A few years ago I lived in a town that had an online newspaper. Anyone could post anything undera screen name. I picked a name that hadnothing to do with what I do or where I worked. One of my coworkers told me he spotted my post because it had tone and a clarity of style. I never posted there again.


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Specializes in Pulmonary, Transplant, Travel RN. Has 6 years experience.

Yeah, I decided to go with a real picture of myself despite the fact that I'm well known. I figure......meh........I've scared enough people to not have to worry about it.

All kidding aside though, I find this new trend of using actual photos of yourself baffling. I was so surprised by it the first time I saw it, I was beside myself. I guess if you honestly don't plan on saying anything controversial no harm can come from it but..........."perception is reality".

What I mean is, I can very easily see someone posting something they don't consider offensive or controversial but getting in trouble because someone else (a boss, a vindictive coworker) does. If your picture is right there then..........better hope cooler/more rational heads prevail when you do. Shot, I know nurses who scan Facebook hoping to catch someone else saying something so they can print the page and run to the manager with it.

nurseprnRN, BSN, RN

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Solution: More threads of people burned by stalkers, employers, and family members because of too-easily-identified posts on AN. :D (OK, OK, no more green font as a choice, and no more Comic Sans ... a pity ... I will miss being able to scan for me and Ruby :crying2: please reconsider ... )


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It's disappointing that one cannot remove their own posts here should they decide the post contains too much identifying information. If there is a way, I haven't discovered it yet.

Jolie, BSN

6,375 Posts

Specializes in Maternal - Child Health. Has 37 years experience.

I am one who has recognized a co-worker via posted information that I'm certain s/he believed to be sufficiently vague. I have never acknowledged this to said co-worker, because I thoroughly enjoy reading his/her spin on topics, but I have shared the person's screen persona with others who are similarly amused by reading these questionable perceptions of "reality."

Take home lesson: Don't turn yourself into entertainment for co-workers.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

226 Articles; 27,608 Posts

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 17 years experience.
It's disappointing that one cannot remove their own posts here should they decide the post contains too much identifying information. If there is a way, I haven't discovered it yet.
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I post with my image to remind myself not to say anything I wouldn't say to an employer. People need to always be self conscious that even if things are "private" people have ways of finding information.

I don't ever talk about work. I rarely speak of school. O.k. once I said something about work, but it was vague and a simple "sometimes my patient's circumstances move me to tears of compassion". Nothing more. I do not discuss issues with coworkers, and try hard to avoid even voicing my disgruntledness (if I have any) with coworkers, because it will ALWAYS get back to someone, and normally the wrong someone.

I once made the mistake of saing vaguely I was upset with someone on dayshift (I work nights), and within a day, someone on day shift was calling me saying they heard I was mad at them. Yet, I never even named an individual. The person who called was not on my bad list. I actually adored that person, but it was lesson learned, trust no one. I'm lucky to like almost every single person that I work with, so it makes things easier when bad things happen. It's a rarity to love your job and coworkers and I am happy to be where I am.

Normally I discuss my children. Or my personal life adventures. My patient's lives, however, are not mine to share.

CT Pixie, BSN, RN

3,723 Posts

Has 10 years experience.
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!

Exact same thing happened to me. Wanted to hear nothing about what I was saying..okee dokee, leave your full name and city/state in your bio, the ramifications of doing that will then fall on you. Don't say you weren't warned. ;)

Specializes in Psych, Med-Surg, Critical Care, NICU.

Couldn't have said it better myself TheCommuter! You must have read my mind... This is like a breath of fresh air, because I fear for those who post too much info. Lol. Thank you!


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And you know what? While the primary focus here on this thread is how you can be identified by employers and co-workers, I'm MORE concerned (MUCH more, actually!) about the possibility of a crazoid.

Someone who maybe thinks they "know" someone by their posting...and wants to get closer. And now here's the unsuspecting person posting their photo, hours they're at work, hours they're at school (and the school is of course posted), where they go when they're not home, the names of their kids and their schools. And I can't help but wonder when the next time an AN member is going to make the headlines in a tragedy because they led someone DIRECTLY to their door.