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Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

If you think "allnurses" is harsh sometimes, you've totally missed out on the unmoderated newsgroups of the 1990s usenet. We're all new to the forums at some point, and some of us learn faster than others of us what to do and not to do online. I'm a slow learner . . . maybe I can save someone else was learning the hard way! You are reading page 2 of New To The Forums. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

My first forum experience was through a horse forum. When it comes to horses, I do irritate people because I am a knowledgeable, and pretty stubborn. I have started stool storms over photos or posts like "How's my riding?" or "Should I buy this horse?" all because I bluntly tell them the truth.

AN is seriously addicting! Had it not been for my friends in real life or the AN community, I wouldn't have the drive to start my pre-nursing education. I always learn something from here :)

blackberry74

Specializes in Geriatrics. Has 4+ years experience.

Ruby Vee, I enjoy reading your posts and I can agree that it is terrifying to post in a new forum. I remember eBay had seller's phone numbers listed in it's early days. I actually called the first seller I bought from just to see if indeed it was a real person with real items, I almost still turn inside-out in embarrassment over that. Thank god eBay doesn't do that anymore, that was in it's early days..

Often I read and read and read a forum, too terrified to post anything for fear of getting attacked. But, if I search the question, oftentimes I find it already answered so I am grateful for that!

But "lurking" makes it sounds so creepy:cyclops:. Seriously, there is a lot here to read that is worth reading. I usually spend a lot more time putting my foot in my mouth on some boards (not on purpose), but maybe I do that less here because I'm caught up in reading and sometimes don't take time to post.

We were each given two ears and one mouth for a reason- but unfortunately, sometimes the 8 fingers/two thumbs can run overtime (and get us in trouble). Thank you Ruby and everyone for sharing experiences and advice. Good reads are keeping me on the straight and narrow- so far...

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

Bump...for all the newbies.

Mas Catoer

Specializes in General. Has 30 years experience.

I always lurk for sometime before jumping in. What prevented me from directly join in was the idea that I might have right thought about the subject but my cultural background is different from most of members. Keep on telling myself that English is not my first language, not even the second. How if my words raise others eyebrows.

Sounds funny, but thats true. :)

SWM2009

Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

Ah ratsa...I remember that fondly. I am a *passionate* :woot: General Hospital fan after all. I remember being very shocked that some innocent comment I made could set off such a **** storm over fictional soap characters! I learned very quickly that I had to be anonymous if I was going to continue hanging out in online forums.

I have to ask, which GH character were you defending?

I love AN. I discovered it when I was first thinking of venturing into nursing as a second career and lurked for a long time before posting. There is a ton of valuable information here from so many experienced nurses. A bit of advice to the newbies, the search function is your friend. Use it and you may find answers to many of the questions you have about nursing that have been answered many times by many nurses over the years.

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

I have to ask, which GH character were you defending?

I love AN. I discovered it when I was first thinking of venturing into nursing as a second career and lurked for a long time before posting. There is a ton of valuable information here from so many experienced nurses. A bit of advice to the newbies, the search function is your friend. Use it and you may find answers to many of the questions you have about nursing that have been answered many times by many nurses over the years.

Elizabeth, who had just slept with Emily's husband and found out she was pregnant was calling Carly a ****. I probably said something about "Pot, meet Kettle." Carly was loathed all out of reason on that forum, and Elizabeth was worshipped.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

Elizabeth, who had just slept with Emily's husband and found out she was pregnant was calling Carly a ****. I probably said something about "Pot, meet Kettle." Carly was loathed all out of reason on that forum, and Elizabeth was worshipped.

I remembered when that happened!

You were right, btw. ;)

I have posted and answered posts for a few years now. I enjoy reading what others have posted, questions asked, FYI topics, venting, and sharing that we are not alone in thinking that we are the only nurses with all of the crazies working at our facilities. :sneaky: I like to go to the nursing school sites and offer encouragement to those in school and newly graduated...haven't done this for little while though:(

We all need to vent, offer support and encouragement to each other; along with getting the support and encouragement from others...it's those little warm fuzzies that help us get up and go back for another 12 hr shift. :yes: