Originally posted by Nurse Ratched
I'm not religious. Call it being unChristian, bad Karma, or negative energy; it's just wrong. I am ashamed to have been involved in any way. It will not happen in the future. As negative pm's are the online equivalent of whispering gossip, I also will refrain from pm's that are demeaning toward any member.
I invite everyone to consider their treatment of others on this board, both past and future. If it's not up to your standards of real life conduct, then it's probably not up to code here. If someone annoys you, get over it and ignore them. None of us can know what's going on on the other end of the line where another live human being is sitting at a computer. And we should not lose sight of the fact that there is another person out there, not just a screen name.
Very well said. And I am humbled. It's so easy to get caught up in something without thinking. I participated in the thread with much amusement, most probably because some members 'hurt my feelings'. The childish part of me saw that I wasn't alone in resenting them and I violated my own personal rules also about negativity and gossip.
I was truly stunned by how many people 'thought' they might be on the list. And sorry that it might have caused hurt or fear among people who had no reason to worry. In any case, after reading your post I must reconsider my own behavior.
To all members, I am sorry for participating in something that might have been hurtful or upsetting to you. The allnurses community is a wonderful group, and I treasure our variety and the kaleidescope of views we share here.
It's funny, one reason I became involved in EMS was that I just loved talking with all the people I met who worked the ambulances. When I start to stumble in my nursing studies, I say--I must continue, I can't give up allnurses!'
Nurse Ratched, Thank you.