Nursing Forums

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Nursing forums are a great way for nurses to take advantage, for free, of the many resources out there. Many different types of nursing forums exist. Some forums are highly restrictive and are only open to nurses or students of a particular school, employer, or association. In other nursing forums, everyone from students to veteran nurses to the merely curious may participate.

Most nursing forums can be accessed once a simple registration process is completed. The personal information that one shares in the course of the registration process, such as name and email, should be kept private and confidential. Nursing forums exist for the purposes of nurses alone, not as a kind of online commercial free-for-all. Those forums that share or sell this information to third parties are acting unethically. As an assurance to their members, reputable forums routinely post some kind of confidentiality guarantee.

What Do Nursing Forums Contain?

First of all, it's good to know that different forums exist for different nursing specialties. For example, some forums are geared especially toward nursing students, registered nurses, licensed practical or vocational nurses, and nursing educators. Generalized forums also exist, along with nursing forums organized according to geographic location. These various criteria allow members to find just the right forum for their needs.

Nursing forums contain news articles, commentary, chat rooms, bulletin boards, and other postings by members. They can sometimes offer regularly updated job listings and educational opportunities, as well as helpful services to job seekers. These services include resume posting boards, job search engines, and personal job solicitation bulletins.

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