NPG Community Playbook

Welcome to the NPG website! The information and communities on this site are here to help the members of ASRM’s Nursing Professional Group (NPG) learn and connect with each other. To learn more about the community and our guidelines for community usage, please read the following sections.

I. Site Access

While certain sections of the NPG website are public, many of the community sections are restricted as a benefit to NPG members. To enjoy continued access to the community, members should ensure that their ASRM and NPG memberships are current.

II. Site and Community Governance

Content for the NPG website is developed and monitored by the NPG Website Content Committee. A list of committee members may be found on the site’s Leadership page.

Community discussions, blog posts, and shared files are created and self-moderated by the community. Members of the community may mark a post or file as inappropriate if they feel like the content does not meet the rules and guidelines outlined in Section IV.

When content is flagged as inappropriate, the content will disappear from the site and will be sent to a site administrator for review. If deemed appropriate, the content will be released to reappear on the site.

ASRM and NPG reserve the right to ban a community member for repeated or major violations of community rules or guidelines.

III. Site and Community Sections

A. Static Content
Static content on the site includes information about NPG and its programs and events. This information is generally available to the public. Any questions about or suggestions for static content should be directed to the NPG Website Content Committee.

B. Discussions
The Discussion area is intended as a forum for NPG members to interact about topics of interest, practice questions, career advice, collaborations, etc. Any NPG member in good standing can post topics for discussion and respond to existing topics. Posts and replies should abide by community rules and guidelines.

C. Blogs
Members of the NPG community are invited to create blog posts to share information on topics of interest. Although a blog post can be open for comments, a blog is more similar to an article than an interactive discussion. Blog posts should abide by community rules and guidelines.

D. Library
The NPG website contains a library of shared files and links of interest. Members are invited to share files according to community rules and guidelines and suggest links of interest to the NPG Website Content Committee.

E. Events
Events of interest may be posted to the Event Calendar by NPG members in good standing. Calendar entries should follow ASRM’s guidelines for event posting, which include listing events only for nonprofit organizations that do not take place within a 45-day window of the ASRM Scientific Congress & Expo.

IV. Community Rules and Guidelines

A. General Rules

  • Don't challenge or attack others. The discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may.
  • Don't post commercial messages on any discussion list, resource library entry, or other area where others might see it. Contact people directly with product and service information if you believe it would help them.
  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the lists and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
  • Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted.
  • Remember that other participants have the right to reproduce postings to this site unless you specify otherwise.
  • Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate lists or libraries. Do not spam several lists or libraries with the same message.
  • Physicians or health care professionals, whether or not they are ASRM Members, accessing or using the ASRM Website and particularly the Discussion Forums should not disclose any patient identifiable information that would allow other visitors (ASRM Members and/or non-Members) to determine the identity of a particular client/patient. When discussing a patient's particular condition, Visitors should not reveal a patient's name, address or any other information that would directly or indirectly identify a particular patient.

    All messages must add to the body of knowledge. We reserve the right to reject any message for any reason.

B. Discussion Group Etiquette

  • Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location.
  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.
  • Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply. Delete any header information, and put your response before the original posting.
  • Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that everyone can benefit from.
  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals--not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link to the left of every message.
  • Do not send administrative messages, such as remove me from the list. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail address. Simply change your settings.
  • Warn other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message body with a line that says "Long Message."

C. Guidelines for Posting Blog and Shared Files

In addition to the rules previously listed, please keep blog posts and shared files free of commercial interests and copyrighted material for which you do not have permission to use. The NPG Website Content reserves the right to remove blog posts and shared files that violate the community guidelines, contain erroneous information, and/or do not add to the community’s body of knowledge.

V. Privacy and Legal Information

For information on the NPG website’s privacy policy and legal information, please refer to the Code of Conduct link, located at the top of the page.