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Why did you come to allnurses? What made you stay?

Posted

Specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

There is a current thread entitled Things that annoy me on allnurses. Members have been pretty vocal on that thread. We really are interested in your feedback. You are why we are here. You are what has helped to make the site what it is today.

We are always striving to find out more about our membership.......who you are, how you got here, why you stayed, what you want, what you like. We want to provide features and opportunities that are of interest to you. With such a large membership, we know we can't please everyone all the time But we want to provide a place that has something for most of you....and that takes a lot of different types of things.

We hope that even though you may not like some of the things we offer, some of the new things we have tried or will be trying, you will be supportive. Let us know what you like and what you don't like. But please be respectful in your communications.

To help us as we consider things in the future, please take a few minutes to answer a few questions.

1. Why did you come to allnurses?

2. Why did you stay at allnurses?

3. How long have you been a member?

4. What do you enjoy the most about allnurses? Features etc

5. What would you like for us to change or add to allnurses?

We want to continue to be the voice of the nurses as we all strive to raise the level of our profession. We thank you for your input!

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Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

I came here because another member who I know in RL directed me to the SN Forum.

I stayed because of the SN nurses. They are amazing and helpful and funny.

I will be a year here in September. Noob alert!

What I enjoy the most are the people. I have said this many times. My reasons for being here are PURELY selfish. I feel like I have a place to go where people understand me. A SN is a lonely job. Yes, I have great co-workers, old nurse friends and RL girls, but I need a Daily Nurse Fix.

I like the PM feature. The other day I was a bit down and 2 of my favorite friends here both asked me what was wrong and if I needed to talk. That alone boosted me up.

I'm on another non nursing board where our motto is "Come for the snark and stay for the love" and I would say that definitely applies here.

Add or change? You guys hear that stuff from us daily. Not gonna answer.

I found all nurses through Google actually. I was just beginning to look into nursing schools. I think you guys have all stollen my rose colored glasses, which is great. It's honestly easier to handle the stress of school and some job situations when I'm not walking into a situation thinking that nurses are angles and that this will be the most amazing profession at all times.

I stopped visiting last semester because I found myself on the site/app when I should have been studying.

I keep coming back because we talk about things that the rest of my family and friends don't want to hear about all the time. I also feel like I'm packing away little nuggets of knowledge when I read some of the

threads.

EDIT: Ok I thought of something else. I'm not sure if I'm just not tech savvy, if it's my phone, or what, but when someone posts a link to an article on here, all I see is a tiny blank square. The whole article will show up for a second and then disappear. Anyone else have this issue on the app?

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Everline

Specializes in public health, women's health, reproductive health.

I think I became a member of allnurses in 2011. I came here when I was considering becoming a nurse. I started in the pre-nursing and HESI forums, moved on to the general nursing student forum, then to the NCLEX forum, and am now in the general nursing forum and the first year after licensure forum the most. I say this to emphasize one of the things I like about allnurses. There is something for every stage of becoming and being a nurse. I feel like I have and am "growing up" as a nurse here. That is very nice. I am not one of the most "vocal" members here. But I learn a lot and always hope I can one day contribute more when I know more.

There is a realness to the posts on this site that can cut both ways. In some ways, I feel that I have been well warned and therefore had a chance to prepare for some challenges. In other ways, when I look back, I see that I became unnecessarily worried and scared based on what I read. That is not a suggestion for something that needs changing. It's just a comment about my personal experience here.

Overall, I am very thankful for this site and hope it continues on for a long time.

I found allnurses while Googling about my school's nursing program. Some of the first results were different threads from allnurses so I, of course, read them. I've been reading and lurking around since late 2013 and didn't make a profile until about 9 months ago.

I stay here because this website is a wealth of knowledge. What to do, what not to do, things to expect. I like having a place I can talk to people like me. I'm not applying to my program until August so at this point I am still the dreaded pre-nursing student, but I haven't stayed in my designated areas of AN, sorry. I like reading and learning and talking too much.

I also realized I am not going in numerical order, I apologize once again. I feel as though I haven't been around long enough to recommend any changes or anything. I just found out a few weeks ago that there is another side to AN. The only thing I suggest is making an app for the blue side as well. I m usually on here on my phone and that may be why I was unaware of it. I have found some wise and caring people on here who take time out to answer people like me, and I appreciate everyone who tries to help others.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

1. Why did you come to allnurses?

2. Why did you stay at allnurses?

3. How long have you been a member?

4. What do you enjoy the most about allnurses? Features etc

5. What would you like for us to change or add to allnurses?

1. I don't remember, Google maybe? Lol. Isn't that terrible. :p

2. I get a lot of great information from other nurses. I didn't even know about malpractice insurance or the PVT before AN.

3. It'll be a year this August.

4. I enjoy learning from more experienced nurses the best.

5. I mainly use the app. I would like to be able to 'unlike' a post. I can't tell you how many times I've accidentally 'liked' a post but then had to go to the website to 'unlike' the post.

kiszi, RN

Has 9 years experience.

1. Why did you come to allnurses?

I came across allnurses as a student. I think I was researching something, but don't remember.

2. Why did you stay at allnurses? I love drama. :lol2: And, less exciting but I love to learn and constantly improve on the art and science of nursing, and there is always some scenario someone's asking about that is new to me.

3. How long have you been a member?

about 9 years

4. What do you enjoy the most about allnurses? Features etc I really like what I see on some of the specialty forums such as ED and critical care nursing. I just wish people posted in them more often.

5. What would you like for us to change or add to allnurses? A sub forum for clinical scenarios, case studies, etc. would be awesome.

herring_RN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Critical care, tele, Medical-Surgical. Has 49 years experience.

I first found ALLNURSES.COM on the 'Alta Vista' search engine when i got my first computer in 1998. My user name was 'spacenurse'.

In 2004 I changed my user name and got a new join date.

From the start I found colleagues away from work to discuss all types of nursing issues with.

I have learned so much clinical and professional information and perspective on thinking about issues here.

I never mind writing posts to answer a question. If the poster who asked doesn't read it someone else may.

In 2003 the "Current Events" and another thread were started. They became the "Break Room". I enjoy joking, sharing, and discussing non nursing topics with fellow nurses.

I keep coming back because there is always something I enjoy or learn from here.

heron, ASN, RN

Specializes in Hospice. Has 40 years experience.

I came in 2004 when I found AN listed on the facility's intranet "resources" page. I lurked for a bunch of years until I wandered over to what became the Breakroom. I don't think I've shut up since, though I still do way more lurking than I do posting.

I stay because it reminds me of how much fun it was to hang out and listen to the grownups talk when they forgot I was there. Also, diving in on contentious subjects that interest me help me to clarify my own thinking.

There have been a lotta changes for me in 11 years, and AN was a part of it.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

1. Why did you come to allnurses?

Found it on a Google search, although I can't remember what I was searching for.

2. Why did you stay at allnurses?

Learned a bit from some of the other OR posters when I was first starting out- and since the orientation program was so long and I was still reading, I just haven't left.

3. How long have you been a member?

9-10 years.

4. What do you enjoy the most about allnurses? Features etc

I love the funny, tongue in cheek threads. I also love the threads that are true resources, whether for my own specialty or to learn about others. It's nice to be able to vent to those who can understand without compromising anonymity or having something get back to the boss. Venting to a non-nursing person just isn't the same.

5. What would you like for us to change or add to allnurses?

I would love to see an option where members could nominate posts (any post, whether the first post in a thread or a reply that just really explains something or really stands out) for article status. There are a lot of wonderful posters on here whose posts truly deserve that status, but the posters themselves didn't post it as an article, or because it's a reply to another post can't. Gives the membership a bit more opportunity to have input into what topics are important.

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Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

Yes, I didn't mention The Blue Side, but I really like it.

I mostly lurk (outside of the Games) and there's some hardcore discussions going on over there. Good stuff.

heron, ASN, RN

Specializes in Hospice. Has 40 years experience.

Yep, as soon as I found out that the app doesn't go to the blue side, I made that puppy jiggle and "poofed" it into oblivion.

I find it excellent practice in curbing my baser instincts.

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

herring, lmao @ Altavista, that was my favorite search engine for years! Probably accessed on my Netscape browser. :D

1. Why did you come to allnurses?

I was searching for information on a local paramedic-to-RN program.

2. Why did you stay at allnurses?

Because I was so warmly greeted by Siri. Lol. Really, I was! And then I ended up doing Excelsior College's paramedic-to-RN program so I stayed to "hang out" in the EC forums. Then I was invited to be a guide, then a moderator, and so on.

3. How long have you been a member?

Since August 9, 2005. Almost 10 years?!

4. What do you enjoy the most about allnurses? Features etc

The enormous variety of forum topics and the collective knowledge and wisdom that is present here. Unparalleled.

5. What would you like for us to change or add to allnurses?

Honestly I can't think of anything, but I am sure that the amazing Admins will continue to come up with brilliant innovations!

1. Why did you come to allnurses?

In 2008, I was a CNA, helping support my mom, and was dirt poor. I started Googling trying to research nursing and nursing schools so as to better my career and found AN. I lurked for a while, then joined in '09. I thought I was hot stuff and posted a link to a political article that someone had emailed to me. Never made the politics mistake again.

2. Why did you stay at allnurses?

Daytonite, mostly, and because I liked reading about others' experiences. As time has gone on, I have tried to pay back some of the debt I owe to daytonite and some other posters. And sometimes, it's like watching a train wreck on crack. I just can't look away.

3. How long have you been a member?

Almost 6 years.

4. What do you enjoy the most about allnurses? Features etc

Member interaction. It's the place I can come to and y'all know what I'm talking about. I like the "Trending" and "Recent" tabs. I used to like the articles tab, but I'm having difficulty coping with the new changes.

5. What would you like for us to change or add to allnurses?

I'd like there to be a button on the mobile page that lets you skip to the last page. I hate "Next"-ing through a 12 page thread. (I don't use the app, I like the mobile site better.) I'd also like there to be a "Spotlight" page where the moderators and staff can highlight the threads they like, or think are important, or put up the threads that should be cautionary tales.

We thank you for your input!

You are welcome!

kiszi, RN

Has 9 years experience.

I'd like there to be a button on the mobile page that lets you skip to the last page.

I just found this myself-- there's a little arrow to the left of the topic title that will take you to the first unread reply.

ETA: you have to be in the thread first.

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

2. Why did you stay at allnurses?

Because I was so warmly greeted by Siri.

Siri rocks, although I feel like I am giving her gray hair and heart attacks. Her gentle "chiding" PMs and reminders to calm the **** down (not in those words, of course) are precious. I really like her and feel like a toddler when I upset her.

1. Why did you come to allnurses?

I think I was googling something and found the site. Been obsessed ever since.

2. Why did you stay at allnurses?

I've learned so much on this site that has helped me in nursing school and has also helped me find a PCT job in the hospital. This site is very entertaining and a great way for me to wind down after a long day of school, clinical, or work. Plus the other members are AWESOME!

3. How long have you been a member?

Maybe 9-12 months, I can't remember. I've been coming on the site for much longer than I've been a member though.

4. What do you enjoy the most about allnurses? Features etc

I enjoy the search bar (all the endless discoveries!) and the threads like "What's the grosses thing you've ever seen"/"Funny things patients say"/"Mock other types of threads on AN". The other members are great and I love hearing different perspectives.

5. What would you like for us to change or add to allnurses?

Nothing that I can think of! I love this site so much! Thanks! :D

vampiregirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice. Has 11 years experience.

1. Why did you come to all nurses? One of the floor nurses I worked with recommended Allnurses to me, I was a CNA who was working on my nursing degree.

2. Why did you stay at all nurses? There is always something to learn. I enjoy the speciality forums - especially the one dedicated to the speciality I'm in:) It also gives me glimpses into other areas of nursing. I enjoy reading other's perspectives - even if I don't agree with them.

3. How long have you been a member? Almost 10 years - August 27, 2005.

4. What do you enjoy the most about allnurses? Features etc. One of the things I like about Allnurses is that it's kind of a "one-stop stop" for nursing info - I can browse threads, read articles, and there is always something to learn. I can't tell you how many times I've researched things further that have been discussed or mentioned on Allnurses.

5. What would you like for us to change or add to all nurses? I tend to fall into the "nerd" category, so anything related to EBP research or any other resources interests me.