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    You are ready to submit your first topic. But, you don't know how to start. This article will help you get started. We will break down the steps for you and explain the different type of topics that you can submit. Please feel free to post any questions that you have. This article is targeted for new and repeat visitors.

    How do I start a new topic on

    Before posting any topics we do ask that you abide to our Terms of Service. Any topic/post in violation of our Terms of Service will be removed. This is a waste of your time and ours.

    You are free to submit any topic you wish. But, we ask that you keep text/chat speak to a minimum. We make this request to ensure that your topic gets the attention that it deserves.

    What is a topic? A topic is a subject of discussion. It could be written to teach, to inform, or to entertainment. It's purpose is to start a conversation. Members have posted the following topics (but not limited to) on allnurses(all varied in length).
    1. Conversational
    2. Questions and Answers
    3. Articles
    4. Reviews
    5. Informational
    6. Photo Sharing
    7. Debates
    8. Venting (our members love to vent - it's a great stress reliever)

    How to Start a Topic...

    Topics can be started from any page on To start a topic please click the

    The Topic Editor is straightforward but if you are still having problems please visit How To Submit An Article to see a "visual" breakdown of our editor.

    What is a Content Type?

    Articles, journals, reviews, cartoons, photos, comments, replies, threads, topics, etc are all CONTENT. Content absorbed by our readers. Content written by our members.

    We give authors a choice in how content is displayed via Content Type. Content Type is a label. It is used to filter content (for readers). It is also used to format / style content (for authors). This makes your content easy to find ... Easy to read.

    We offer the following Content Type:

    Thread (Default Content Type) - Most topics will fall under this type. If topic does not conform to our Article Rules then submit as Thread.

    Article - Articles include Reviews and Journals. When labeled as an "Article" your copy will be made available to readers separately in your profile page and on the main page. Writing articles will help you quickly build an online identity.

    Review - Reviews are articles about a product or service. A Review is written and shared so that you can learn from others' experiences about a product or service.

    Journal - Journals are articles that chronicles the life of the authors' nursing career journey. These personal articles are labeled as 'Journal'. A Journal article may include accomplishments, experiences, or day-to-day events. They are available so that you can learn from others' nursing career experiences, failures, and celebrations.

    NOTE: If you want to submit an Article the following applies:

    Articles are reviewed by staff before going public. Chat txt, 600 word limit, grammar, punctuation, are some of the reasons your content may not be approved as an article. We are not English teachers so we are not looking for perfection. But, we do want to make sure that our readers can follow it. That our readers will enjoy it.

    We also offer the following "AUTO" content types:

    The following labels are automatically added by the system or staff...
    1. Photo (when topic contains a photo)
    2. Album (when topic contains multiple photos)
    3. FAQ (aka Stickies; manually added by Staff if content deemed important)

    We added a new section to the Topic Editor called How To Increase Readership. This section offers additional options and tips that will help you label, identify, and filter topics. It's a great way to increase comments, Likes, and followers.

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  3. Visit  L'italiana profile page
    Thanks for your information !
    I was a bit confused about where to start.
    Bethie123, hhcdisgust, marina4303, and 6 others like this.
  4. Visit  jenph profile page
    It confuses me how to start. But before that I love reading testimonies and facts nurses had to go through before they could get to what they wanted to be. Hope this site can help my journey once I get to the US.
    hhcdisgust, Brandidrn, and Code Red like this.
  5. Visit  rbrown69 profile page
    I'm still kind of confused. Maybe I will just read a few of the other articles before I post my question.I'm sure I'm not the only one with the problem I have.
    Joe V, NurseNY08, 2bNurse_kinjal, and 2 others like this.
  6. Visit  colen profile page
    I too is being confused with this. I joined this site because it looks so informative and i believe this can be of great help for me. But is it free to ask questions from here and do questions should be all about nursing? Thanks.
    Joe V likes this.
  7. Visit  Joe V profile page
    the site is FREE ... you can post any nursing question about work, specialties, schools, resume, job, etc ... you can also share nursing articles written by you (Win Cash Reward $$$), share your own study guides, etc

    you can post off-topic questions in the Breakroom
    Silverdragon102 likes this.
  8. Visit  micheyu profile page
    I just signed up here and learning stuff on how to do this and that.. Im wondering how can i make a new thread because i have questions on how to get started in my NCLEX review. Please help =)
  9. Visit  Joe V profile page
    Go to and click on the large green Submit A New Topic Today! button
  10. Visit  micheyu profile page
    Thanks! I think I just submitted my first topic =)
    sirI and Joe V like this.
  11. Visit  Boldowl profile page
    Thanks to you all. This is a great oportunity to be inform.
  12. Visit  tjmrn profile page
    Thank you for this forum. I just joined.
    I tried to post a general discussion item, but realized it had disappeared when I left the keyboard for a minute. I guess I had "timed out" and was no longer signed in. Though throughout my typing the post the "auto save" sign came up several times.

    What did I do wrong ?
  13. Visit  Joe V profile page
    if the system was able to auto save your message you can find it by going into the section (forum) and starting a new topic - the message will appear if it indeed saved

    NOTE: If you tried submitting another topic within the same section this would overwrite the previous saved message.

    about logging off ... when submitting a topic it is possible that you were signed out ... this happens when you are on the page for too long (the session expires)

    I hope this helps.
  14. Visit  tjmrn profile page
    Thank you. I think my session, " timed out " before I could submit it. Thank you for your advice.
    JerseyNurse3 likes this.