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To register for the community you will need a web account with AORN. If you do not have a web account with AORN you can create one by clicking the “Login” link in the upper right corner of the page. On this page you can join AORN to create a web account or click the “Proceed as Guest” button and follow the steps to create an account. Your password will be emailed to you. Once logged in you will be directed to the terms and conditions to accept the agreement. Once your account is confirmed you will be granted access into the community.
To login to the community and www.aorn.org click the login link in the upper right of the page. Enter your email address on file with AORN as your username and your AORN ID number as your password, unless you have previously selected a different password. If you don’t know your password there is a “Forgot your password?” link that will resend your password to your email address on file. If you don’t have an AORN web account and are joining ORNurseLink for the first time, follow the steps to “Proceed as Guest!” and create a user name and password to gain access.
The user profile photo is the main image that represents you and is associated with all your activity within the community. To change profile photo click the “Change profile photo” link on the My Home page. This will take you to the My Content upload photo area. You can click 'Make Primary Photo' upon upload or select an existing photo as your primary photo.
The recent activity box shows you the latest activities that you and community members have participated in on the site. You can click on the user and content links inside of the recent activity box as well as view previous updates to view other popular content.
The 'My Messages' block shows your outstanding friend requests and new messages in the internal inbox. This inbox is only for messages sent within the community and does not email your account email address unless you have message notifications turned on. The message center also includes your watch list settings which allows you to subscribe or 'watch' the latest updates in groups, forums, or classified ads you are monitoring.
You can vote on the latest poll topic by selecting your choice and clicking “Vote”. Once you have voted you can see the totals for all users that have participated in the poll.
The 'My Groups' area gives you a quick way to access the groups that you are already a member of. It shows the title, image and total number of group members for each group.
The My Colleagues area lets you see your friends and provides a link to visit their profiles. It also shows you the total number of colleagues that you have.
In the 'My Account' area you can update the main account details for your account including username, first name, last name email address and password.
The Privacy Settings tab in the My Account area gives you control over who can see your content. There are three settings for each area that can be applied: friends only, everybody and nobody. The areas that you can control privacy for are profile comments, profile information and all content. You can also restrict access to limit the ability for other users to send you a private message.
The email notifications tabs allows you to control what areas of the platform send you an external email to your account email address when there are updated to content you uploaded or are participating in. You can also unsubscribe from all site notifications in this area.
The My Content area allows you to manage all of your photos, videos, files and audio. For each item you upload you can add a title, description and tags. For all of the items you can share them in the associated site wide galleries. In the photos area you can select a photo to be your main primary site photo. For photos you can also choose to upload or link to a photo to be shared in the community. For videos you can embed videos from other sites such as You Tube or upload a video from your computer. For files the maximum file size you can upload is 20 megabytes (mb).
The My Colleagues pages allows you to view, remove and accept colleague connections in the community. If you have any pending colleague connection requests you can select one of the following options: “Accept” to add them as a friend, "Decline" to not add them and "No Action" to leave them as a pending request.
Your inbox can be found directly under the navigation menu in the block labeled "My Messages - Inbox." The messages box will allow you to manage your pending colleague requests from other ORNurseLink users, view any private messages you have from other community members or group messages recieved from any group that you belong to. You will also be able to view any attachments sent to you from this area. This private system messages allows you to communicate privately with other users on the site. Within the Inbox you can open and read messages by clicking on the subject header of each message. You can also delete a message, click check box and then click “Delete Selected”. To view sender’s information profile click the user name. A direct link to your inbox can be found here.
Use the invite page to invite your friends and contacts to the community. Your name and the email subject are automatically populated all you need to do is add email addresses by typing them in the next box. Separate each email address with a comma. If you’d like to add a personal message, do so in the box below the email address box. The message body is an automatically generated email from the community. Once you have all of the information populated click on "Send Invitation".
To edit your profile, click the arrows to the right of each profile information area. This will expand that area and allow you to fill out the profile information form (boxes marked with a red star are required). When finished with each section click "Save" and the information will display on your user profile.
From the profile page you can see and change your main profile picture, view your community stats, see the community recent activity, view a list of your friends, and see comments members have left for you. You also can see your profile details such as your education or work information.
To connect with other users on the site or become 'colleagues' you will need to send them a colleague connection request. To send a friend request you will need to view their profile and click on the "Add as Colleague" link. If you are already connected you can also remove them in the same area. Depending on the specific user's setting you may also send a private message, invite them to a group you are already a member of or leave them a comment on their profile. You may also be able to view all of the profile information and click on the links to find other users with similar interests or experiences.
To create a group start off by entering a group name and description. You can also enter group related news and create a welcome message. This will be the main greeting for all members when they join the group. Next you will need to set the access level for the group. The options are: Public - Anyone can view group members and posts and create posts, Open - Anyone can view group members and posts, but only group members can create posts, Closed - Only group members can view group members and posts and create posts and Hidden - Only group members can view group members and posts and create posts and group does not appear in browse results. You can also select a photo that will represent the group and is the main image all members will see. If you would like users to have the ability to subscribe to your group via a news or RSS reader select “Yes” for “Would you like to have an RSS for this group”. For group event creation you can select who will be able to create events within your group. The options are Administrator (You), Only Administrator (You) and Moderators and Everyone. Once you are done click create group.
You can browse all of the groups through the browse groups tab. Hidden groups will not be displayed. Once you find a group you'd like to join you can click 'Sign-up for this Group'. Groups that you are a member of will display on your My Groups page and in the My Groups area on the My Home page.
If you wish to leave a group other than Specialty Assemblies or Chapters go to the settings option within the group you wish to leave. Once in the settings menu you will see a black "Leave Group" button appear next to the group name. In order to leave a Specialty Assembly or Chapter you must make that change in My AORN.
ORNurseLink discussions are open to the entire community to create, comment and read online discussions relating to the community. Categories can only be created by community administrators.
To create a new post click the category title and then click the forum post topic that you would like to participate in. You can also create a new topic by clicking 'Create a New Post'. Once you have selected go to the bottom of the page and enter your comment. To see your comment before it is public, select “Preview". To post your comment select “Submit" and your post will display in the category selected.
Profile based search is an easy way to find other people with the same interests or experience in the community. To use profile based search all you need to do is click on the keyword in the profile information of the user's profile you are viewing. This will search the platform for all users with the same information and return a list of those users in the search results. You can then view their profiles and add new friends by sending them a friend request.
To search quickly using a keyword or phrase type the keyword, name, or topic you are looking for in top right search box located in the site header or navigation area. When you are ready click “Submit” and you will be returned a list of all content items an users relevant to your search terms.
To search for specific words in a community area, enter your search in the search box at the top of the page. Once your search results appear you can filter by type (Members, Photos, Videos, Resources, Groups, Member Talk). To use the Advanced Member Search, click the 'Member Search' button to the left of your search results or go to 'Member Search' under Member Directory. Search for members by name or email address, and filter by profile field.