Terms of Service
On behalf of the entire Staff, we welcome you to ALLNURSES.COM, INC - The largest online nursing community. As with any large community, we ask that everyone follow our TOS (Terms of Service) which are a set of guidelines and rules for everyone to follow. Some situations require staff judgement calls, and may not be spelled out in the terms of service.
TERMS OF SERVICE last updated February 9, 2013
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The Basic Terms of Service
- You agree NOT to post on ALLNURSES.COM, INC if you are concerned about it being public knowledge.
- You agree NOT to post false, defamatory, name-calling, obscene, or threatening messages.
- You agree NOT to use profanity words.
- You agree NOT to give out personal information about others.
- You agree NOT to post advertising or solicitations.
- You agree NOT to post any copyrighted material.
- You agree NOT to post for marketing or commercial research.
- You agree NOT to use titles that you have not earned. ie. RN, Dr, LPN, LVN, Nurse, etc
- You agree NOT to spam ALLNURSES.COM, INC.
- You agree NOT to post in any other language except English.
- You agree NOT to argue about policies or moderating decisions in the public forums.
- You agree NOT to hold ALLNURSES.COM, INC responsible for any messages posted.
- You agree NOT to hold multiple accounts.
- You agree NOT to seek medical or legal advice.
- You agree NOT to offer medical or legal advice.
- You agree NOT to overuse formatting choices such as font (size/type/color). You will only use for headings.
You acknowledge that you are 13 years of age or older, and, if under the age of 18, are using this site under the supervision of a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult. Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to visit or otherwise use our site.
Social Media Sharing
ALLNURSES.COM is a public site and is indexed by Google and other Search Engines on a daily basis. If there is something you are concerned about being public knowledge, you should not be posting it on ALLNURSES.COM or anywhere online.
We occasionally share posts from ALLNURSES.COM on our Facebook page(s). No personal details are shared. What we share is publicly available on ALLNURSES.COM. We share the link to the page, any image found on the page, and a brief context from the page.
Although the constitution of the US guarantees that “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech”, ALLNURSES.COM, INC is not Congress. Freedom of speech rights do not extend to ALLNURSES.COM, INC. This Terms of Service (Guidelines) governs the behaviors and activities of the members. If you choose not to follow the guidelines agreed to during registration, the result is disabling your account.
You are not allowed to post libelous information about a person, school, instructor, health care facility, or entity. Any post which is violative of any law or is invasive of a person's privacy will be taken down immediately.
We promote the idea of lively debate. This means you are free to disagree with anyone on any type of subject matter as long as your criticism is constructive and polite. Additionally, please refrain from name-calling. This is divisive, rude, and derails the thread.
Our first priority is to the members that have come here because of the flame-free atmosphere we provide. There is a zero-tolerance policy here against personal attacks. We will not tolerate anyone insulting other's opinion nor name calling.
Our call is to be supportive, not divisive. Because of this, discrimination, racial vilification and offensive generalizations targeting people of other races, religions and/or nationalities will not be tolerated.
Foul Language / Profanity:
Nothing should ever be posted here that you would not say in front of a crowd of professionals. ALLNURSES.COM, INC staff have the right to edit offensive language. (Including profanity cleverly disguised - such as different spelling or a mixture of letters and symbols.)
Information About Others:
No potentially libelous information about specific schools, instructors, or health care facilities/entities should be posted in these forums. While it is important to be able to network, everyone should be mindful of the following:
- It is a small world - when we narrow it down to a state and throw in some personal info, there is actually a pretty good chance someone may recognize you if you are not careful. Your privacy is paramount to us.
- While this site is a wonderful place to vent (without excess personally identifiable details) it is not the place to express why ("x" specific person, place or program) is terrible. Gripe away, but since we cannot permit allegations to be made about named entities, your care in not naming them is very much appreciated.
- Please do not give out personal identifying information about yourself or others. Do not name names where anyone could identify any person in any facility including your nursing programs or place of employment.
Advertising / Self Promotion:
You are not allowed to post any messages anywhere on this site that are primarily for the promotion or advertising of any website, email address, business, MLM, activity, personal blogs, or other entities that you have an affiliation with (ie. no self-promotion).
You are not allowed any form of commercial advertising in posts, avatars, or signatures.
You may not make any self-promotional post announcing websites to gain exposure, including non-profit sites.
You may not invite, solicit or coerce others to join other community websites through posts, email, PM, use of ALLNURSES.COM, INC membership list or any other resource within the ALLNURSES.COM, INC. We allow linking to other information websites, as long as it is for informational purposes and not for self promotion advertisement. Staff members may remove or edit links at it's discretion.
If you are interested in advertising to our nursing audience, please visit our Advertise Information page.
No "spreading of copyrighted Material": Please do not upload, attach or post anything that is copyright or licensed without prior consent of the owner. For example, if you want to post content from an online article, do not post the whole article, post a partial synopsis, and then a link to the source.
Please do not request or post test questions, test preparation materials, test bank codes, or post links to, or use this site to send or request via email or pm such material that is protected by copyright. THOSE POSTING SUCH TEST-RELATED COPYRIGHT MATERIAL WILL BE BANNED.
You may not post for marketing or commercial research. Marketing / Research is strictly prohibited and member's account may be closed immediately. Research in the context of nursing school or high school assignments is permissible.
Using Professional Titles:
Members cannot call themselves by professional titles, if they do not hold that title. ie. Members cannot call themselves "doctor, Dr., RN, LPN, LVN, Nurse,CNA, RT, MA" etc, unless they are actually licensed and/or certified as such a thing. If you have chosen a user ID name that reflects an unearned professional title, please contact administration, Admin Help Desk, and submit three (3) names for consideration. An administrator will get back with you regarding your name.
Please do not spam forums with multiple posts in multiple forums. Moderators may move to most appropriate area. You can use the "search" feature to find topics of interest.
While ALLNURSES.COM, INC hosts visitors from around the world, it is based in the United States and much of our membership is English speaking. Due to our inability to moderate threads in other languages, we ask that interactions be in English for the enjoyment of as many posters as possible.
Please do not type entirely in capitals as it is considered shouting on the Internet.
Desiring to maintain professionalism, text speak (also known as chatspeak, txtspk, texting language or txt talk) is discouraged. Along with using proper English spelling and punctuation, this shows respect for the owner, other bulletin board members, guests, and makes it easier to read your message.
Disagreements with Policies or Staff Decisions:
You agree not to argue about policies or moderating decisions in the public forums. If you disagree with a policy or a decision, you may respectfully post your comments in private in the Admin Help Desk. You will not attempt to petition the website owner through the use of posts, polls, emails, PMs or any other method found on the ALLNURSES.COM, INC.
Messages Posted - Responsibility:
Considering the real-time nature of ALLNURSES.COM, INC, it is impossible for us to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted.
We do not actively monitor the contents of every message posted on ALLNURSES.COM, INC.We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message.
The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of ALLNURSES.COM, INC, it's owner, or any entity associated with ALLNURSES.COM, INC.
Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately using the report button. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.
Creation of multiple accounts is prohibited. Use of 2 accounts by the same member simultaneously is not permitted, and one or all accounts may be banned or suspended without notice, especially if the multiple accounts are being used to troll the board.
If you need to change your user ID name after the registration is complete please contact administration in the Admin Help Desk and submit three (3) choices for consideration and your rationale for the change. An administrator will contact you if one of the names is available.
ALLNURSES.COM, INC or it's members do not offer medical advice. Any requests for such will be taken down. If you have a medical problem, please seek attention from your health care provider. You are not allowed to ask for medical advice related to a health situation that affects you, a family member, or someone you know.
ALLNURSES.COM, INC or it's members do not offer legal advice. Any requests for such will be taken down. If you have a legal problem, please seek legal counsel.
Formatting of Messages:
Keep personal formatting choices such as font (size/type/color) to a minimum - use only for headings. When overused, formatting choices can make it harder to read your message. ALLNURSES.COM reserve the right to address any issues of length, paragraphing, font size, color, or any other characteristic that makes a post difficult to read.
Breach of Terms of Service
ALLNURSES.COM, INC staff reserves the right to edit/remove the posts and/or disable the account of any member who does not comply with these guidelines or any reason deemed appropriate by the administration for the good of the community and its safety.
Requests for account removal will entail removing personal data such as location, avatar, signature, etc to protect the privacy of the person but the member account will remain intact because of the nature of the threading of posts within the database.
Problematic posts/threads may be deleted or closed. Threads are closed to cool down passionate postings that have strayed off the original topic; we will attempt to post warning notice before taking this action if observed early.
Please note, the administrators do have the ability to read private messages and do so ONLY when investigating complaints and harassment issues.
How to Handle Personal Attacks or Objectionable Material
We are the largest Nursing Discussion Forum on the Internet. We are dealing with 602,000+ members. When you grow to this size, it becomes difficult to moderate it. Presently, we have 20+ volunteer moderator and admin staff who monitor this board periodically throughout the day. They are here to help -- please feel free to contact them with any problems you may have. On the other hand, they have been instructed to enforce our zero-tolerance policy. Our biggest concern here is the quality of membership not the quantity. We have no problem removing any individual who disrupts this bulletin board.
If you are ever in a position where you feel you have been personally attacked, do not respond to that attack. Please report the post by clicking on the report button found within the message. Let the staff deal with the problem, if you respond to that attack, you may find yourself removed as well, and we don't want to see that happen.
Expectations of the Administrators
Members that repeatedly violate these standards after given a warning will be reported to the administrator. Only the administrator can make the decision to BAN a poster and ALL decisions of the administrator are FINAL.
You will enjoy a great deal of freedom here, with the ability to freely debate upon a number of subjects, as long as you remain civil and polite to each other.
You are among the most intelligent, friendly, experienced, passionate and vocal Nursing posters anywhere on the Internet. You are part of a site whose opinions are widely read by men and women considering nursing, nursing assistants, students and Nurses: RN's and LPN/LVN's from across the US and through out the world especially Australia, Canada, UK, and others. This website is one of the most highly respected within the nursing community and is listed as a resource in nursing publications and at other nursing related websites. We didn't get to that status without the professional and courteous contributions of our membership. We welcome you to a place you will soon call home.
Thank You for joining our Nursing Community!
Brian Short RN – Founder and Administrator
and all of our volunteer Administrator and Moderator staff