I appreciate the sentiment. Quite honestly, I joined AN to support students and new nurses with questions. However, there are quite a few members who are unable to post without some sort of snarky, salty response. But isn’t that they way nurses are? When I was a floor nurse and as a professor, I see the bullying that occurs among nurses. It happens on these boards too. There are many who post negative generalizations about specialties who have never worked in those specialties. If someone posts an opinion or suggestion that one of the members/admins do not like, they break out the claws. What is even more funny is that they continue with the arguing until someone finally gives up. It is almost like they have their phone next to them waiting for a response so they can quickly log on and respond back. It makes me wonder if they have any kind of life.
So, I respect and agree with your post. However, if members/admin continue to communicate in a way that is defensive and many times offensive, what’s the point? AN really should begin working a culture that fosters and supports one another and discourages negativity. If not, then the website is nothing more than a typical nursing unit.