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Why do only soft topics appear on the front page? A SOLUTION

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by SummitRN SummitRN (Member)

SummitRN has 5 years experience and works as a ICU.

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Should allnurse admins promote clinical content to the front page?

  1. 1. Should allnurse admins promote clinical content to the front page?

    • Yes! We need clinical content!
      28
    • No! Leave it alone!
      9

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THE PROBLEM:

I read a lot of forums about the medical fields. Allnurses is strange to me. When I look at the front page, EVERY single article is a soft topic related to emotional, job-politics, or social issues. Of course it is important to have discussion about how not to get fired, to tell nursing students that they can get through school, how not to be afraid of NCLEX, and how to have humor in your life, and what to do about catty coworkers and the night shift.

But why is there never anything on patient care, technical topics, pharm, patho, or EBP on the front page???

To even find these threads you must go digging in subforums. If I want fun banter, sympathy threads, and moral support, that is easy to find on this website. It is a chore to seek out good information on this site that can improve my nursing practice.

I was really hoping the trending topics feature would offer an alternative for hot health science/EBP/patient care issues. Nope... more of the same: how to survive clinicals, my boss is mean, I passed NCLEX, dealing with unemployment, where can a new grad get a job, treat people with respect, what color scrubs are you wearing...

OTHER FORUMS:

So let me share with you what you see when you check some EMS forums:

Unnecessary IVs and fraud, new study on airways in codes, one rescuer ventilation, vents transports gone wrong

Those forums tend to see a lot of students just like here. How about SDN? All students and residents, but they still have articles and threads like:

Essential tremor, CV and TEE cases, Insurance-Not Injuries-May Determine Who Goes To Trauma Centers, Future of medicine and homeopathy

STEREOTYPES:

I hate to say it, but the total lack of scientific and patient care topics the main article and trending thread page of the largest nursing forum on the internet does not reflect well on us as a profession and reinforces certain stereotypes and cultural trends.

SOLUTION:

The administration of this website can choose what sort of discussions to promote. Instead of just leaving it up to a popularity contest, I propose that two of those prominent blocks on the front page be reserved for technical topics: 1 EBP related study discussion and 1 patho/pharm/procedural/patient care topic! These topics grow professional practice, identity, and image for nurses.

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Esme12 works as a emergency ,critical care,cath lab,open heart,traum.

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I think that is an excellent suggestion. All articles are submitted by the membership. Feel free to submit an EBP article with the hard evidence you seek and comment/discuss accordingly. I am looking forward to your conversation.

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DragonPurr has 6 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse.

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Great suggestion. I've really noticed the lack of EBP topics. Hopefully we can start encouraging more clinically based threads or case studies. I love hearing about everyone's personal stories, but think there needs a balance too.

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SummitRN has 5 years experience and works as a ICU.

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The point is that technical patient care, EBP, and nursing science content on this site already exists in the background. It is buried in sub-sub-sub forums where few see it. Worse, without exposure, those discussions wither.

My recommendation is that those with power elevate the visibility of that content. That will drive discussion. I am not a one nurse content generator. Despite Esme's suggestion, I cannot solve this problem myself unless allnurses wants to empower me to elevate other user-created content to appear on the front page or in trends.

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Esme12 works as a emergency ,critical care,cath lab,open heart,traum.

16 Likes; 3 Followers; 3 Articles; 145,733 Visitors; 20,896 Posts

Articles are on the front pages....written by the membership. Hence...what is submitted are on the front page. Members are welcome to post EBP articles and they will end up in the front pages...hence, changing what is on the front page.

They are discussing right now about beginning a Case study type forum where members can go and discuss cases. I suggested that the members submit to the ADMIN for approval and they will be posted by the staff for discussion thereby ensuring complete anonymity of the identity of the case submitted.

The ADMIN are listening.

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47 Likes; 2 Followers; 102,793 Visitors; 14,620 Posts

I see this site as a social/recreational experience. If I want "hard science"/EBP literature, I have plenty of options for that. I don't have other options for what I look for and get here. I don't have any objection to the site including more of that type of content, but it doesn't particularly interest me.

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Agree with the OP. Have found the site to be lacking in that respect for the more than a decade I've been a member. I just grew to accept this site as being more recreational than informative.

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NurseDirtyBird has 8 years experience.

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I know that VivaLasViejas and others, including me, frequently attempt to educate about mental illnesses, meds, and working with disabilities. Maybe we can do some research and post some articles along those lines. That would be easy for me, as it's something I'm pretty familiar with and have been fighting the stigma all of my adult life. Although not everyone is a psych nurse, myself included, every nurse comes across psych patients in every setting, and it could definitely help. Hopefully psych nurses would chime in too, they're the experts! I think everyone has a facet of nursing that is important to them in which they've developed expertise. We could all make an effort in posting clinical cases that are also close to our hearts. That way we can share our emotional experiences as well as our clinical experiences. I can't speak for others, but I'm interested in participating in that way. We've all had cases that have touched us, for better or worse. Plus everyone likes showing off their knowledge! I'd also like to see more "What could I have done differently?" types of articles.

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loriangel14 works as a hospital floor nurse..

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I have access to lots of educational material at work. I enjoy the soft topics on AN. Just because not clinical subjects doesn't mean they aren't helpful.

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imintrouble has 16 years experience and works as a RN.

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I get 12 hrs a day, 3-4 days a week of real live hard topic issues. I sometimes can't sleep because of real live hard topic issues I've experienced at work.

I come here to decompress. It's fun.

I don't think encouraging administration to "promote" one topic over another is a good idea. After all, membership speaks when we choose which topics we want to respond to.

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SummitRN has 5 years experience and works as a ICU.

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The front page has no clinical content because few users write articles. Most of the clinical discussion on this site is in threads where the poster didn’t select “article” from the drop down menu. Admins choose what articles get the front page treatment. They can easily put clinical threads on the front page if they want.

By choosing the front page Most of the membership only sees the front page or maybe the one subforum they regularly check. The case study subforum is a neat idea, but creating yet-another-sub-forum will not address the lack of easily visible clinical information.

There is a ton of clinical content here! It just takes a lot of time and effort to find it. I went through the sub-forums and sub-forums and selected a few threads from each of the FIRST pages (see below). Most are competitive in quality to the front page articles. Yet, they have very few responses because nobody sees them hidden away in the myriad of sub-sub-forums.

I disagree that there are many other websites where nurses can find frank discussion threads with nurses examining clinical issues and EBP topics etc. Nobody says this site should be purely clinical, but as another poster mentioned, a balance would be nice!

I do understand that people want soft topics… so how about this? The current front page is articles with tabs for Articles, FAQ, All, Trending. Why not add a Clinical Topics tab with admin selected content? Maybe allow a user preference for which of those 5 tabs is the default front page once logged in?

It took an 30 minutes to put together a list of clinical topics from the various sub forums. 99.9% of users don’t have time for that. It would be a great starter list for a clinical topics tab for the home page:

https://allnurses.com/nursing-news/study-ties-home-904315.html

https://allnurses.com/nursing-news/polio-like-illness-908421.html

https://allnurses.com/nursing-patient-medications/drug-shortages-768659.html

https://allnurses.com/nursing-patient-medications/potassium-replacement-while-907198.html

https://allnurses.com/nursing-patient-medications/ambien-fda-recommendations-908010.html

https://allnurses.com/pandemic-flu/flu-vaccine-effectiveness-907754.html

https://allnurses.com/pandemic-flu/vaccine-preventable-outbreaks-905406.html

https://allnurses.com/pandemic-flu/interview-paul-offit-904814.html

https://allnurses.com/pandemic-flu/history-of-vaccines-884147.html

https://allnurses.com/ambulatory-care-nursing/sq-technique-help-890272.html

https://allnurses.com/burn-nursing/albumin-resuscitation-907292.html

https://allnurses.com/burn-nursing/lab-values-burn-235125.html

https://allnurses.com/cardiac-nursing/new-pacemaker-implant-908082.html

https://allnurses.com/cardiac-nursing/amiodarone-drip-iv-905925.html

https://allnurses.com/diabetes-endocrine-nursing/do-you-ever-797677.html

https://allnurses.com/dialysis-renal-urology/patients-coding-dialysis-906433.html

https://allnurses.com/dialysis-renal-urology/turning-utrafiltration-off-907117.html

https://allnurses.com/emergency-nursing/sepsis-antibiotics-severe-909654.html

https://allnurses.com/emergency-nursing/chest-pain-protocol-909518.html

https://allnurses.com/emergency-nursing/how-does-your-908934.html

https://allnurses.com/gastroenterology-nursing/n-g-tube-905731.html

https://allnurses.com/gastroenterology-nursing/fluids-during-endoscopy-810290.html

https://allnurses.com/geriatric-nurses-ltc/manual-bp-assessment-909646.html

https://allnurses.com/hospice-nursing/pain-medicine-bone-903940.html

https://allnurses.com/infectious-disease-nursing/disinfecting-electric-shavers-905863.html

https://allnurses.com/infusion-nursing-intravenous/vascular-access-algorithm-908522.html

https://allnurses.com/medical-surgical-nursing/how-do-you-897173.html

https://allnurses.com/medical-surgical-nursing/how-urgent-do-902385.html

https://allnurses.com/ob-gyn-nursing/pharmacologic-management-placenta-909554.html

https://allnurses.com/ob-gyn-nursing/question-about-fetal-903209.html

https://allnurses.com/oncology-nursing/opioids-cancer-pain-891432.html

https://allnurses.com/operating-room-nursing/latex-adhesive-allergy-910205.html

https://allnurses.com/orthopaedic-nursing/tranexamic-acid-781695.html

https://allnurses.com/pacu-nursing/lap-chole-bundle-889845.html

https://allnurses.com/pain-management-nursing/lidocaine-for-migraines-113826.html

https://allnurses.com/pediatric-nursing/mag-sulfate-acute-909340.html

https://allnurses.com/pediatric-nursing/lidocaine-air-injectors-905186.html

And then I ran out of time only half way through the forums. As you can see, users are generating a ton of clinical content, it just isn’t promoted and users don’t have time to look in 50 forums for the content?

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SHGR works as a nursing faculty.

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The front page has no clinical content because few users write articles. Most of the clinical discussion on this site is in threads where the poster didn’t select “article” from the drop down menu. Admins choose what articles get the front page treatment. They can easily put clinical threads on the front page if they want.

If someone writes an article and tags it as an article, after admin review it will go on that front page until more articles are written and posted. You are free to write and submit an article. I did it, it wasn't really that difficult, and there it was on the front page.

Yes, there have been many worthy posts buried because the AN member did not flag/tag them as articles (and an article should have a beginning, middle, end, and should be cleaner and more organized than a regular post).

Are you suggesting that the admin should note these and promote them to article status? Or polish them to make them articles?

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