40 Informative Forums on Becoming a Nurse

Forums are great resources to learn about any given topic. For nurses — especially student nurses — the ability to “lurk,” or read without responding, is just one example of how the following 40 informative forums can help your education. Listservs, or email forums, also provide a way to read and learn without responding until you feel comfortable about sharing your nursing knowledge. So, pick a general forum, a specific nursing forum or a listserv and learn away!

Nurse watching over expectant motherGeneral Nursing Forums

  1. All Nurses: This discussion forum is open to questions posed by nurses and answered by members of this Web site. At present, those members number over 520,000.
  2. Global Nurse’s Chat: This Yahoo! Group enables nurses from around the world to talk about all aspects of nursing.
  3. Healthcare POV: This page is filled with blogs, forums and other resources for nurses. Pick the forum that interests you and your career goals.
  4. Just Us Nurses: Unless you register, you cannot gain access to all the features of this forum such as nursing discussions, debates, “Chit Chat” and a safe place to vent. Membership is free, and you can learn a lot about the nursing profession through these forums.
  5. Nurse Chat: The user board covers various topics, including travel nursing, nursing schools, nursing jobs and research. The jobs section covers jobs in local areas as well as international venues.
  6. Nurse Connect: This entire Web site is an informative resource for anyone who seeks information about a nursing career. Look for the community section in the tabs at the top of this page.
  7. Nurse Forum: The nursing news topic receives the most attention in this discussion forum.
  8. Nurse POV: Advance offers this discussion page, with posts covering timely questions, advice and opinions about the nursing field.
  9. Nurse Review: This discussion board seems sparse in participation until you view the numbers in the jobs announcements.
  10. Nurse Together: This forum can help anyone decide whether or not to become a nurse and the career path to follow. Topics include school and work, and specific topics exist for nursing specialties.
  11. Nurse.com Forums: When you join this nurse community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features.
  12. NurseZone: NurseZone.com is an online community dedicated to providing nurses with professional and personal development information and opportunities.
  13. Nursing+Link: Explore the field of nursing and discover new specialties as you make friends with individuals who range from student nurses to advance career nurses.
  14. Nursing Crib Forum: This is an excellent place to start if you want to know more about nursing schools and how to obtain a particular degree.
  15. Nursing Forum Discussion: This is a general nurse’s forum with topics about school, clothing and “gear,” and news and general announcements.
  16. Nursing Voices: This forum is for nurses around the world. It’s more of a social forum than one that focuses on school, career or diseases and injuries.
  17. The Nurse Company: Sign up for free to gain access to all types of nurse’s groups, including nurses on Twitter, news about nursing shortages, and total body wellness ideas.
  18. Ultimate Nurse Forum: This is a general forum for nurses with topics such as nursing news, general nursing discussions, and more focused discussions about various career levels within nursing.
  19. Your Nursing Community: Medi-Smart is a resource for nurses by nurses. No matter if you’re in nursing school, in your first year of nursing or have been an RN for 20 years, you have a supportive community you can turn to 24/7.

Nurse with dollSpecific Nurse Career Forums

  1. Alaska Nurses: This is one example of a statewide discussion forum for nurses who live and practice in Alaska.
  2. Continence Nurse Forums: This forum is specifically for continence nurses. The idea is for you to talk about a difficult case and ask other nurses for specific help to solve the problems you describe.
  3. INCIID Infertility, Pregnancy Loss and Adoption Information: These forums are moderated by professionals, and it might prove a good practice to participate in the forums to network and prove your knowledge.
  4. Just for Nurses Forums: This is a UK forum site that provides nurses with a format to talk about career advice, nursing activism and other topics in that country.
  5. Minority Nurse Forum: This Yahoo! Groups forum was created to gather information and to help minority nurses in their various practices.
  6. NP Forum: So you want to be a Nurse Practitioner? This forum can help you learn more about that career, from jobs to family life. You may have to register before you can post.
  7. Nurse Forums: This forum contains over 1,000 registered active members from the UK and Europe, USA and Australasia. Nurses can post questions and exchange ideas on what works within diabetes care and what doesn’t work.
  8. Nurserve: This UK site focuses on a variety of issues within that country, including nursing jobs & vacancies, nurse news, forum, websites and upcoming events.
  9. Nursing Countil on Alcohol Forum: Learn more about the nurse’s role in alcohol abuse, prevention and rehabilitation from this forum.
  10. RN Travel Space Forum: Learn about assignments, hospitals, cities and anything else that’s important to a travel nurse.
  11. Student Midwife Forums: This is an education based community supporting student midwives and those thinking about a career in midwifery.
  12. The Discussion Forum of the International Nurse Specialist Group-Cystic Fibrosis: This is a place where Nurses involved in the care of CF Patients can share ideas, describe experiences and discuss ideas.
  13. The National Senior Living Providers Network (NSLPN): This forum is dedicated to providing all types of senior living professionals a premiere online industry resource for jobs, news and community.

Great NurseNurse Listservs

  1. CNS-L: This is a discussion list that focuses on clinical nursing issues and topics. Send an e-mail message to listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca with the subject CNS-L [yourfirstname] [yourlastname].
  2. GERINET: This is a discussion list for geriatric health care professionals. To join, send an e-mail message to listserv@listserv.acsu.buffalo.edu with the subject “subscribe GERINET [yourfirstname] [yourlastname].
  3. GLOBALRN: This is a discussion group for nurses in general.
    To join, send an e-mail message to listserv@itssrv1.ucsf.edu
    with the subject GLOBALRN [yourfirstname] [yourlastname].
  4. NurseRes: This list is open to anyone, but the focus of the list is nursing research and clinical practice. Send an e-mail to: listserv@listserv.kent.edu. Leave the subject line blank, and supply the message, sub nurseres [yourfirstname] [yourlastname].
  5. ONCO-NURSE: This is an oncology nurses discussion list. To subscribe, send mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.ACOR.ORG with the command, SUBSCRIBE ONCO-NURSE.
  6. PERIOP: This list is intended for perioperative or theatre nurses. Send an email to listproc@u.washington.edu with the message: subscribe periop [Your Name].
  7. PICU: This is a discussion list for pediatric intensive care unit health care professionals. To join, send an e-mail message to listproc@its.mcw.edu with the subject “subscribe PICU [yourfirstname] [yourlastname].
  8. PNATALRN: This is a discussion list for perinatal nursing.
    To join, send an e-mail message to pnatalrn@ubvm.bitnet
    with the text, “subscribe PNATALRN [yourfirstname] [yourlastname].