She encourages medical/health bloggers to answer the following questions recommended by The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
The purpose of the questions is to give the readers of medical/health related blogs the ability to evaluate what they are reading.
The responses for Emergiblog are as follows:
1. Who runs this site?
Emergiblog is run by Kim, a registered nurse with an ADN degree and (currently) 28 years experience who has spent the last 15 years working in emergency departments.
2. Who pays for the site?
Shane maintains the “look” of the site; I have total control over the content.
I, as well as my webmaster Shane, receive renumeration from the ad links and actual contracts with specific companies arranged through Three:Twenty Interactive.
I have no financial interest in any of these companies, other than what they pay me to advertise on my site. As of this time, I have not received any gifts from any companies that advertise on Emergiblog.
3. What is the purpose of the site?
The purpose of Emergiblog is to give me a forum to discuss my experiences as a nurse in the emergency department and other topics related to nursing.
4. Where does the information come from?
It comes from my 28 years of nursing experience.
The majority of my posting is anecdotal.
All patients, staff and hospitals are either composites or have identifying information concealed or altered to allow for patient confidentiality.
If you think you recognize someone on the site, you are mistaken.
When applicable, links to information sources are given.
5. What is the basis of the information?
Please refer to question number four.
6. How is the information selected?
The postings are based on what I want to write about and what I feel will be interesting to read.
7. How current is the information?
It could be as current as my last shift or as long ago as my childhood.
8. How does the site choose links to other sites?
My links are based solely on sites I have read and found interesting.
9. What information about you does the site collect, and why?
The site collects no information about anyone other than what is recorded on the site meters.
That information is used just for my own personal interest in seeing where my readers come from and keeping track of how much traffic Emergiblog generates.
10. How does the site manage interactions with visitors?
Hopefully they comment and I comment back! Spammers are blocked by using special software.
All opinions are welcome and only posts containing profanity would be removed.