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Admin refers to WHO staff who moderate the online community and grant access to members as the secretariat on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Global Community of Practice.
Global members refers to nurses, midwives, student nurses and student midwives who are members of the Nursing and Midwifery Global Community of Practice and have been granted access to use the online community.
Public refers to all other individuals who access the online community.
Members of the public are only able to view content on the public facing section of the platform. They will not have access to forum discussions or documentation posted by members.
Aims of the online community
The aim of the online community is to create a network where nurses and midwives can meet, share evidence and practice, discuss, inform and support one another in order to contribute to building sustainable health systems.
It is important that the online community is used appropriately.
Members must always treat each other with respect and guard against any behaviour that could be construed as harassment of any kind.
Becoming a member of the online community
If you are a nurse, a midwife or a student nurse or study midwife, interested in joining the Nursing and Midwifery Global Community of Practice please request membership by completing and submitting the form here (link)
Alternatively, you may also contact [email protected] stating your interest in joining along with your full name, country and contact email that you will use to create your profile. You will then receive an invitation.
Terms and conditions of use
The Nursing and Midwifery Global Community of Practice is a network of nurses and midwives who collaborate and share experiences across countries and regions on improving health. The online community is not intended for and should not be used for political purposes, such as fundraising, campaigning or criticising governments, agencies or individuals.
Information must be shared in a professional manner. Members should not post information that is sensitive or confidential.
Members may use the online community for the following purposes:
- participation in the regional networks by encouraging nurses and midwives to join and actively participate in discussions, speciality groups and forums.
- communicate, collaborate and connect under News, Forum, Events and Media Centre features of the online community.
- promote openness, feedback and diversity of ideas and experiences to improve health in countries and regions.
- enable timely communication, information, best practice and knowledge sharing between members.
- get real-time feedback to other members.
- use videos for authentic sharing and storytelling.
- allow multi-lingual communication with auto-translate features (currently available for Spanish, French, English, Russian and simplified Chinese).
- share webinars and articles to support exchange of information and capacity building for nurses and midwives.
- share news about important events or milestones regarding nursing and midwifery in countries or regions.
- members should carefully consider confidentiality, privacy and copyright before posting or sharing through information.
This Community of Practice contains submissions from parties outside the World Health Organization. The views expressed in these submissions are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the World Health Organization.
The designations employed, and the presentation of the information on the system, do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the World Health Organization concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.
The mention of specific companies or of certain manufacturers’ products does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by the World Health Organization in preference to others of similar nature not mentioned. Errors and omissions excepted, the names of proprietary products are distinguished by initial capital letters.
The World Health Organization does not warrant that the information contained in the web site is complete and correct, and shall not be liable whatsoever for any damages arising out of the use of this Community of Practice. The authors of contributions to discussion forums are alone responsible for their contributions.
What information does NMCGOP collect?
Normal web site usage
In general, you can browse the public NMCGOP site without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. The only information we gather during general browsing is from standard server logs. These include your IP (Internet Protocol) address, domain name, browser type, operating system, and information such as the web site that referred you to us, the files you download, the pages you visit, and the dates/times of those visits.
Personally identifiable and contact information
If you register with the NMCGOP site in order to gain access to closed contents including the discussion forum, you will be asked to provide personal identifying information such as your name, institutional affiliation and job title, and contact information such as e-mail address. We will also ask you to identify your areas of interest. This information will be collected only with your knowledge and permission, and will be stored securely in the NMCGOP database and mailing lists. Your information will not be distributed for any purpose. You may choose to share your contact information with other NMCGOP members.
Information provided during discussions
Information that you provide during discussions will be available to other members of the discussion group and to NMCGOP administration. Most discussions will be available to any NMGCOP member who lists the subject material as an interest. Some discussions may be restricted to specific groups as determined by the NMGCOP Moderator or Discussion Group leader.
You will be responsible for your contributions to discussions, therefore:
- you must ensure that any material and information you post do not violate or infringe upon the copyright, patent, trademark or any other personal or proprietary rights of any party. If any content subject to such rights is considered for posting, you must first obtain all necessary permissions for posting from the owner of such rights;
- you should be careful with humour and the tone of your postings, remembering that NMGCOP members come from different age groups and cultural backgrounds;
- No criticism against peoples, gender, race, religious beliefs, sexual preferences, countries or regions will be tolerated.
To maintain the quality and consistency of the contents in compliance with the NMGCOP policy and the advisory group guidance, NMGCOP moderator and Discussion Group leaders may remove or modify messages that do not respect the above mentioned rules. In the event that you find another member’s submission to be offensive, you may report this to the NMGCOP moderator or discussion Group leader who will determine whether the material should be removed or modified.
In no event shall the NMCGOP or the World Health Organization (WHO) as the NMGCOP secretariat be responsible for the accuracy of information posted by you or other members on the NMGCOP site or liable for any negative consequences arising from the participation in NMGCOP or the use of the website contents.
What does NMGCOP do with the information it collects?
Normal web site usage
The information gathered during general browsing of the NMGCOP site will be used to analyse trends and usage of the NMGCOP and to improve the usefulness of the site. It will not be connected with any personal information.
Personally identifiable information
NMGCOP may use the personal information you provide to:
- Verify your affiliation and institutional approval for membership in NMGCOP;
- Confirm your registration on the site;
- Contact you – either in response to a query or suggestion, or to mail newsletters, documents, publications, invitations to meetings etc. to you;
- Notify you if a new discussion has been started in one of your selected areas of interest or if new information has been added to an existing discussion
- “Remember” your online profile and preferences;
- Help you quickly find information that is relevant to you based on your interests;
- Help us create site content most relevant to you;
- With your permission, share your contact information with other NMGCOP members who may wish to contact you.
What if I don’t want to provide personal information?
Providing personal information on the NMGCOP site is optional. If you choose not to provide personal information, you can still browse and use the public NMGCOP site, but you will not be able to log into the site for browsing the closed contents such as documents shared with NMGCOP members, or joining in the discussion forum.
Opting out and changing your information
At any time, you may cancel your membership or modify your information by returning to the web page where you first provided the information and contacting the NMGCOP moderator. If you change your institution/organisation affiliation, the NMGCOP administrators should be notified by you or your institution/organisation.
All our NMGCOP administrators who have access to, and are associated with the processing of personal data, are obliged to respect the confidentiality of official business matters, including personal data.
The NMGCOP site contains links to sites external to the NMGCOP. NMCGOP and WHO are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such sites.
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