Is Anonymity Important to You?

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Anonymity on allnurses

  1. 1. Is your anonymity on allnurses important?

    • 97
      YES
    • 11
      NO

108 members have participated

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 20 years experience. 4 Articles; 4,643 Posts

I would say both yes and no. Nursing is a small world and while I stand behind everything I say here I would not want my boss knowing I participate in this type of forum

monkey205

monkey205

57 Posts

We all need someplace to vent without fear of repercussions. 

Animal House R.N.

Animal House R.N., ADN, CNA, LVN

Specializes in Geriatircs/Rural Hospitals. Has 25 years experience. 68 Posts

Yes its important.  Retaliation been there done that. The system I work for has monopolized everything for miles. 

feelix

feelix, RN

335 Posts

On 9/27/2021 at 3:24 PM, Davey Do said:

I strive to follow one of Richard Bach's concepts, in that I try to live my life never to be ashamed of anything I've done or said is published around the world. Even when what is published is not true.

The only person I truly have to be okay with is myself and I also strive to maintain a standard of integrity.

When I was fired from Wrongway last year, the HR director brought up things that I had posted on allnurses and said that if I posted anything else about Wrongway, "the hospital will take action!"

No action is an action.

If allnurses wasn't part of the equation, I still would have been terminated. I've been fired enough times and experienced enough in my lifetime to know there are people out there who put personalities before principals and that if they want to get you on something, they will.

I respect others' anonymity and confidentiality, but if I have something to say, I'm a-gonna say it.

 

So there.

There are other places where I am fearless. I don't want to lose my livelihood for posting here.

Waiting to retire first.

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience. 67 Articles; 14,009 Posts

I don't want my colleagues, former colleagues or orientees to recognize me. No one needs to know my most embarrassing error or most challenging orientee. All that is memorialized on AN, but I don't necessarily wish to share IRL. 

DavidFR, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology, ID, Hepatology, Occy Health. Has 36 years experience. 530 Posts

I put no. I'm in a non-anglophone country and most of my colleagues don't speak English so the likelihood of them ever coming on here is minimal. The site is largely made up of Americans and having never worked in the US, I'm unlikely to know anybody on here.

That said, I used to go on French and British sites (the two countries I've worked in) and I can't say it would bother me if somebody I knew worked out it was me. I follow the golden rules of never naming patients or colleagues when I'm describing situations and I'm 99.9% sure I've never said anything libellous or harmful.

I  realise identity theft is a big issue these days, and maybe I should be more worried? However I'm not. In my last UK job I did a fair bit of lecturing and public speaking where I'd be billed as Mr. ................. with a career resumé, so I don't see the big difference here. Although I doubt I'd print my family name here, somebody could work out who I am if they reallly tried, but what would they gain? I'm not ever posting credit card details or my address and phone number on here etc.

If you look at the UK section you'll see I found somebody I trained with through this site in organising a reunion of our training group, so we both had to be pretty open about who we are. Having not been in contact for 35 years that was a jolly good outcome!

NotMyProblem MSN

NotMyProblem MSN, ASN, BSN, MSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 36 years experience. 2,690 Posts

Been soul-searching for a few days now, trying to see why I don’t really care (???). Everything that I’ve said here, I’ve said it before I arrived here. For some reason, there are so many people, places, and things that are non-factors in my life. That makes it easier to keep lucrative options and paralyze the backstabbers. Perhaps it’s the introvert in me.?

Guest 1152923

Guest 1152923

301 Posts

3 minutes ago, NotMyProblem MSN said:

Been soul-searching for a few days now, trying to see why I don’t really care (???). Everything that I’ve said here, I’ve said it before I arrived here. For some reason, there are so many people, places, and things that are non-factors in my life. That makes it easier to keep lucrative options and paralyze the backstabbers. Perhaps it’s the introvert in me.?

This is kinda where I'm at too.  I like most of my coworkers but knowing that I'd be little more than a faded memory if I left tomorrow, is somehow freeing and allows me to pursue whatever career prospects that most align with my needs

NotMyProblem MSN

NotMyProblem MSN, ASN, BSN, MSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 36 years experience. 2,690 Posts

4 minutes ago, morelostthanfound said:

This is kinda where I'm at too.  I like most of my coworkers but knowing that I'd be little more than a faded memory if I left tomorrow, is somehow freeing and allows me to pursue whatever career prospects that most align with my needs

Exactly!

FallingInPlace

FallingInPlace, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg, Hospice, Wound Care. Has 9 years experience. 55 Posts

Anonymity is very important to those of us who work in at-will employment states.  I try to be judicious in my comments, but my employer could let me go for any reason, or no reason at all, if they believed I was referring to them in a post.  And sometimes, you just gotta vent!

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brandy1017

brandy1017, ASN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. 2,718 Posts

4 hours ago, FallingInPlace said:

Anonymity is very important to those of us who work in at-will employment states.  I try to be judicious in my comments, but my employer could let me go for any reason, or no reason at all, if they believed I was referring to them in a post.  And sometimes, you just gotta vent!

Totally agree, but really I'm hiding in plain sight and have been very vocal, especially lately, so my old coworkers could certainly know it's me and at this point I don't care anymore!  I have no desire to work in healthcare again at all and am even questioning whether I should bother to spend the money to renew my nursing license next year.

Allnurses has been a godsend to me over the years.  It is like free therapy. LOL  And it has given me hope in knowing I wasn't alone in my struggles and frustrations and all the stupid gimmicks were making the rounds at hospitals across the country.

Besides venting, I try to share what I've learned, especially re personal finance to help my fellow nurses, who now more than ever, need all the help they can get with the insane student loan debt many carry as well as the elimination of pensions in most places these days!

brandy1017

brandy1017, ASN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. 2,718 Posts

On 9/27/2021 at 3:56 PM, evastone said:

This is supposed to be a safe place to air our frustrations, express insecurities, laugh over anecdotes, cry over our losses, or receive genuine advice. It wouldn't feel safe if everyone here knew who I was.

I love this!  Allnurses is like family where we can commiserate and like families there is even raucous debate at times.  I don't know how I would have lasted in nursing as long as I did without everyone here!