suggestions from users - page 4

Hi everyone, We are in the process of planning a site redesign and adding a few new features to the site. We value your input and I would love to hear some some suggestions of things that you... Read More

  1. by   prmenrs
    I'd like to know at the top of the board if I have a PM--sometimes I come here 1st; also if I click on the PM link from my e-mail, then go back to the BB later, I miss posts and threads because it thinks I already saw them, but I just read the PM.

    HUH? That doesn't even make sense to ME!!! I hope Brian can figure it out!

    For a nice color scheme, check out:

    Now, I have to go check out the avatars!
  2. by   nurseleigh
    I am just going to reiterate two things that i would love to see done as well.

    First, the birthdays and who's online being moved to the top. I hate having to scroll all the way to the bottom to find out.

    Second, threads being changed to newest messages first. I know there is a link where you can go to the last page of a long thread, but i think this would be a lot easier for all.

    Okay, so i am a bit lazy. But I don't like to waste what little time i get online. I do have a lot of reading to do for school and dont get much time to check out what is new.

    Even if you didn't change a thing I would be back here EVERY DAY!. I love this BB and you have done a great job! Keep it up.


    P.S. More smiley's would be awesome!!!

    Sorry i forgot to put that in before hitting submit.
    Last edit by nurseleigh on Jan 27, '02
  3. by   nurseleigh

    I always forget to edit!!! I am such a blonde sometimes, YIKES.
    Thankx for the reminder Nightngale, gotta keep me on my toes.

    Last edit by nurseleigh on Jan 27, '02
  4. by   nightingale

    YOu can heit tihe edit key (bottom right) and "edit" your post (if you wnat to add smiliey or whatever)...

  5. by   nurs4kids
    What about a forum dividing either states or regions for the purpose of discussing issues in that area? I think this would be productive in the area of activism and politics.
  6. by   Stargazer
    I've thought for a while that we should make the "War and Terrorism" thread less specific and simply call it: "Non-Nursing Politics" (to distinguish it from the Nursing Activism thread). That would give us a lot more latitude for discussing all kinds of political issues and current events without being too structured. I think that would acccomplish what nurs4kids is suggesting.
  7. by   jpetro
    I'm still learning to navigate around this site and am not fully aware of all the feature so please excuse me if I make a suggestion for something that already exists. How about a reference/help section for student nurses? A data base students could access for help. For example; learning to complete a care plan.
  8. by   nurs4kids
    Actually, Stargazer, I was talking about for NURSING politics; not national/world.

    The war/terrorism is pretty loose; it's rare when the discussion doesn't move waaaaaaaaay beyond the topic.
  9. by   P_RN
    That is a pretty color scheme. Howabout like the ezboards where each can choose their own colors? Oh I think that might be for pay only viewers.

    Brian, unless you are inordinately attached to the yellow (aka MOLINE Yellow-school bus color) could we perhaps have a nice green or blue or red?

  10. by   Joshua21
    What about an area where nurses can register as mentors, tutors or aids within their specialty (listed beside their name) and that way it's a quick reference for the students and I don't have to rifle through all the nursing student posts for those that ask questions.
  11. by   Anne Hudson
    Hi, Brian,

    In response to your request for suggestions on what is needed in the Nursing Bulletin Board:

    We need "Back Injured Nurses" to be a separate topic.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics now classifies health care patients as a direct cause of on-the-job injury. Nursing remains one of the highest risks for injury with a back injury occurring every 30 minutes among health care workers in America. Eighty-seven per cent of nurses report low back pain. Thirty-eight per cent suffer back pain or injuries severe enough to require time off work at some point in their career with 44% of the injured unable to return to their nursing positions.

    During the nursing shortage, it is important to address all issues impacting retainment of valuable experienced nurses and all factors contributing to the shortage. Unnecessary loss of nurses from preventable disabling back injuries is often overlooked in discussions about the nursing shortage.

    I'm forwarding below the response to a recent online article. Would you consider posting it?

    Thank you,
    Anne Hudson, RN, BSN, BIN
    "B.I.N. There" - Back Injured Nurse

    Response to online article follows:
    Modern Healthcare's "Daily Dose"
    January 30, 2002
    Keeping track of the industry's movers and shakers...

    Labor shortage isn't letting up: survey
    By Jeff Tieman

    A "severe shortage of healthcare workers" is getting worse, and already more than one in seven hospitals say they don't have enough registered nurses, according to a report released today by several industry trade groups, including the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals...

    ...Indicative of a tight labor market for nurses, 60% of 1,092 hospitals surveyed said recruiting nurses had become more difficult over the past two years. To address the problem, 89% of hospitals said they have paid "higher or much higher" salaries to retain nurses, 56% have used agency or traveling nurses to fill vacant positions and 41% have paid signing bonuses...

    To the editors:

    Thank you for this article highlighting the nursing shortage and problems with recruiting and retaining RNs.

    Though a significant contributor to the nursing shortage, preventable back injuries are being overlooked by many of those commenting on the shortage. For instance, the 15-page July 2001 Nursing Workforce report to the U.S. General Accounting Office by Janet Heinrich, Director, Health Care--Public Health Issues, "Emerging Nurse Shortages Due to Multiple Factors" contains not one word about losing nurses to back injuries though 38% of nurses will suffer back pain/injury requiring time away from work during their career with many nurses unable to return or forced out of nursing.

    The United States continues to lose nurses to preventable disabling back injuries caused by out-dated manual patient handling practices. America is behind Canada, England, Denmark, and other European countries where laws prohibit physically lifting hospital patients because of the recognized danger to both patients and nurses. For example, English nurses can be disciplined by their employers if they manually lift patients while American nurses are required to manually lift patients that many times weigh as much or more than the nurses themselves.

    Abundant research has shown that manual patient handling practices, such as pulling patients up in bed, lifting patients to their feet, and transferring patients from stretcher to bed, exert compressive forces to the lumbar spine which exceed the 3,400 Newton tolerance limit set by NIOSH, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, research arm of OSHA.

    Research has also shown that use of friction-reducing products and mechanical lifting and transfer devices greatly decreases physical effort and back injuries associated with lifting and moving patients.

    For a partial listing of available research:

    Though many types of safe, gentle, patient-moving equipment are available, many health care facilities neither provide nor require use of this equipment. Rather, nurses and other health care workers are required to physically lift and move patients, leading to many preventable disabling back injuries.

    In addition to the unnecessary pain and suffering associated with preventable injuries, back-disabled nurses are not necessarily welcomed back by their employers if they can no longer physically lift and haul heavy patients.

    Throughout the nation are many back-injured health care workers, in pain and out of work after suffering preventable injuries. An analogy would be withholding forklifts while requiring stevedores to lift heavy loads and then terminating them for getting hurt.

    Though the outlook is bleak for the backs of nurses who are presently being required to lift loads which exceed tolerance limits of their spinal structures, safe patient handling is being addressed in a few progressive areas. The Washington State Ergonomics Rule is leading the way to Zero Manual Lifting in Washington health care facilities.


    Also, from:, "The Department of Veteran's Affairs, funded the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa to establish a VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry...Two goals...(1) To promote personal freedom and safety for frail elderly and persons with disabilities, across the continuum of care and (2) To build a "culture of safety" to support clinicians in providing safe patient care and safe working environments. Three other Centers, organized under the VA National Patient Safety Center, are in White Plains (VT), Cincinnati (OH), and Palo Alto (CA)."

    Ideas for recruitment and retainment for the one in seven hospitals that do not have enough registered nurses: Have they considered allowing their back-injured nurses to return to work, into positions that will not further harm them, and preventing future unnecessary loss of nurses by purchasing safe patient handling equipment and implementing policies requiring its use?

    Anne Hudson, RN, BSN, BIN
    "B.I.N. There" - Back Injured Nurse
    Last edit by Anne Hudson on Feb 4, '02
  12. by   micro
    Originally posted by sharann
    Hi Brian and thanks for asking.
    I like this site very much! My one suggestion
    would be to consider getting rid of any of the
    forums (sections) that haven't been posted to
    in more than 3 or 6 months. It takes up space
    which could be used by creating a new forum
    such as suggested earlier, sub-forums.
    THIS MAY OR MAY NOT BE WELL RECEIVED, BUT YOU DO SUCH A GREAT JOB.........would never want to lose it.........need my info and my chkles!!!!!!!!! will kick myself for saying this, but would consider paying a small user fee for the privilege if privilege was ever in jeopardy of being lost, but you guys are doing so great, that will never happen!!!!!!!!!


    1) Maybe more smilies and other expressive motives and if # of to be in arg. then explain for us illiterate.........

    2) Maybe being able to post in large and colored text at same time.............

    3) maybe more teaching for the computer illiterate out here and how to post pic's that aren't standard avatars.......and maybe more avatars.........

    4) other than that , keep up the great work and truly can't believe that such a great expressive, and educational thread exists for us...........

  13. by   canoehead
    I'd like to be able to start a new thread on any board from any other board. So if I want to start one on general nursing discussion I wouldn't have to get out of nursing issues and hunt around for the general board before I could add to it.

    All the smilies don't show- and there are only two missing- can we put them all up?

    I'd like to be able to block people from reading my profile, or sometimes my posts. If someone is harassing another member the harassee should still be able to post, and be protected from the harasser. If enough people block a user from reading their posts that user should eventually go away for lack of things to read, kind of a way for the group to do their own moderation of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.

    I love the ROFLMAO smiliee, can you make it gradually turn purple and bust open!?