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Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy describes what information may be collected about you when you use this website, how this information may be used, how you can control how your information is used, and what precautions are taken against unauthorized access or use of your information. Nursing-Resource.com is not responsible for how other Web sites treat your privacy, once you leave our Site.

Privacy Policy Changes

As this Privacy Policy changes in significant ways, we will make every effort to notify you of the changes. Minor changes to this Privacy Policy may occur that will not affect the ways in which we each use your individually identifiable information. In these instances, we may not notify you of such minor changes. When this Privacy Policy changes in a way that significantly affects the way we handle personal information, we will not apply the new Policy to information we have previously gathered without obtaining consent from the appropriate individual. We will post Privacy Policy changes on our Site in a timely manner.

Information We Collect

In this section of our Privacy Policy, we discuss the different types of information that Nursing-Resource.com may collect about you, and the ways in such information may be collected.

When you register either on our site, you are asked to provide identifying information such as your name, gender, contact information, and other personal information. On the registration screen, information that is required for registration is clearly labeled as such, as is information that is optional and may be given at your discretion. You will also be given a choice about whether or not you want to receive newsletters and other information sent to registered members from time to time. If our Site request additional personally identifiable information from you, and the owner of that Site wishes to use such personally identifiable information (or personally identifiable information that you have previously provided) in a manner not otherwise permitted under this Privacy Policy, the Site will clearly explain how such personally identifiable information will be used and request your consent to any such collection and use.

Information from Outside Sources

We may also collect additional information about a registered user from other sources in order to verify licensure status and identity. In some cases, we may ask a registered user for additional information, when necessary to process an order for purchase (e.g., credit card number). Additionally, we may contact financial or credit organizations to confirm customer credit cards.

Other Information

Discussion Boards: When you post a message to our discussion board, your alias will be available for all registered users to see. An alias consists of your username, specialty and geographic information and other information you agree to show in a profile to others. You should not post any information to one of our discussion boards or other public forums if you want to keep such information private or you are required by law to keep such information private. Information you post to discussion boards is considered public information.

Additional Forms and Emails: We may also ask you to provide additional information after you register if you want to obtain additional services or information or to resolve complaints or concerns.

In addition, when you use our Site, certain information about you is automatically collected by our Web server, such as your IP address and domain name. We may use this information to personalize our offerings and presentations to you, facilitate your movements throughout the Site, provide personalized services, and to communicate with you individually.

Use of Cookies and Web Beacons

Cookies are a technology that Nursing-Resource.com use to keep track of users as they move on our Site. Your browser allows us to place some information on your computer’s hard drive that is associated with the computer you are using. Nursing-Resource.com use cookies to personalize the Site and to track your usage across our Site.

Your Web browser can be set to allow you to control whether you will accept cookies, reject cookies, or to notify you each time a cookie is sent to you. If your browser is set to reject cookies, Web sites that are cookie-enabled will not recognize you when you return to the Web site, and some Web site functionality may be lost. The Help section of your browser will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting cookies.

Although cookies do not normally contain personally identifiable information, if you are a registered user, we may elect to associate your registration information with cookies place on your computer’s hard drive. Associating a cookie with your registration data allows us to offer increased personalization and functionality. For example, you can elect to have the our Site “remember” your user name and password and bypass the sign-in process on each visit to our Site. Without cookies, this functionality would not be possible.

Some of our business partners may use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). We have told them that we do not want them to use cookie information to track our users’ activities once they leave our Web sites. However, because of the way advertisements are served on our Web sites, we do not have total control over how advertisers use cookies on our Web site. If you believe that one of our advertisers is placing an unwanted cookie on your hard drive, please contact us to assist in resolving the problem.

We also may use Web beacons to collect non-personally identifiable information about your use of the Site and the sites of sponsors and advertisers, as well as your use of special promotions or newsletters. Web beacons are tiny graphic image files, embedded in a Web page in GIF, JPG, or HTML format, that provide a presence on the Web page and send back to its home server (which can belong to the host site, a network advertiser, or some other third party) information from a user’s browser, such as the IP address, the URL of the page on which the beacon is located, the type of browser that is accessing the site, and the ID number of any cookies on the user’s computer that were previously placed by that server. Web beacons can also be used to place a cookie on the user’s browser. The information collected by web beacons allows the statistical monitoring of (i) how many people are using the Site, (ii) for what purposes these actions are being taken. Our Web beacons are not used to track your activity outside of the Site or those of the sponsors of the Site. We do not link non-personally identifiable information from web beacons to personally identifiable information without your permission; we do not use web beacons to collect or store personal health information about you.

Third parties under contract with Nursing-Resource.com may use cookies or web beacons to collect non-personally identifiable information about your usage of our Site. These third parties may use this information, on our behalf, to help target our advertising you may see on their sites within their networks. and Nursing-Resource.com may further tailor the advertising on these third party sites based on your geographic location (zip code), gender and/or age range to the extent known by these third parties. These third parties have agreed not to use this non-personal information they collect from our sites except to deliver advertisements on our behalf. If your browser is set to reject cookies, this non-personally identifiable information will not be sent to these third parties.

Sponsors or advertisers on the Site may use their own cookies, web beacons or other online tracking technologies in the banner advertisements served on our Site. Some advertisers use companies other than Nursing-Resource.com to serve their ads on our Site and to monitor users’ responses to ads, and these companies (“Ad Servers”) may also collect Non-Personal Information through the use of cookies or Web beacons on the Site. In certain situations, information collection may be facilitated by momentarily directing your browser to the Web site of an Ad Server or other third party acting on behalf of the sponsor, partner, or advertiser before re-directing your browser to its selected destination (e.g., back to the Nursing-Resource.com Site to show the ad, or to the advertiser’s website); this re-direction process will not be apparent to you.

Nursing-Resource.com does not control these third parties’ use of cookies or web beacons, or how they manage the non-personal information they gather through them. However, Nursing-Resource.com does require sponsors, advertisers and Ad Servers who collect cookie or web beacon information through the site to agree that they will not collect any Personally Identifiable Information from the Site without your consent. They have promised us they will not link any non-personal cookie or web beacon information collected by them on the Site to Personally Identifiable Information they or others collect in other ways or from other sites except as may be described in connection with a particular program. You should review the privacy policy of other sites you visit or link to from our Sites to understand how these other sites use cookies and how they use the information they collect through the use of cookies or web beacons on their own sites. Certain Ad Servers allow you to prevent them from collecting data through the use of cookies. In order to do so, you must Opt-out of such data collection with each individual site. Currently, you can Opt-out of Cookies for several Ad Servers by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative gateway Opt-out site. This Web site will also allow you to review the Ad Server’s privacy policies.

Children’s Privacy

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. The Site is designed and intended for use by adults, and are not intended for, nor designed to be used by children under the age of 18. We do not collect personally identifiable information from any person we know is a child under the age of 18.

Uses We Make of Information

In this section of our Privacy Policy, we identify the ways we may use information about you that we have collected.

Aggregate Data

We create aggregate data about visitors to the Site for product development and improvement activities. We also use it for market analysis. We may provide information from each of our Professional Sites in aggregate form, with identifying information removed, to third parties. For example, we may tell a health care partner what percentage of our registered users reside in a particular geographical area. When aggregated health information is provided, we pool it from many individual records and strip it of any data that could be used to identify an individual before it is used. Any third party that receives aggregated health care data must agree not to attempt to re-identify the people it belongs to. For example, Nursing-Resource.com may provide a potential advertiser of a diabetes-related product information on the Site about the number of registered members of the Site that have identified themselves as endocrinologists. Depending on our agreement with the third parties, we may or may not charge for this information.

Marketing and Advertising

Nursing-Resource.com has no control of the ads shown on the site. However, we would like to emphasize that we do not reflect nor sanction any ads shown.

Third Parties

In addition to aggregate information (discussed previously), Nursing-Resource.com may share some kinds of personally identifiable information with third parties as described below.

Other Companies: We have strategic relationships with other companies who offer products and services on the Site. When you are interacting with those companies, different rules and privacy policies may apply. For example, if you order a book from a bookstore that advertises on the Site, you will be asked to provide identifying information and credit card information to the company that runs the bookstore. We do not control the collection or use of information you provide under those circumstances, but we do require that those companies clearly state their policies so you can decide whether to give them any information.

Companies and People Who Work for Us: Nursing-Resource.com contract with other companies and individuals to help us provide our respective services. For example, we may our Site on another company’s computers, hire technical consultants to maintain any Web-based health tools, or work with companies to remove repetitive information from customer lists, analyze data, provide marketing assistance, and provide customer service. In addition, if you are a healthcare professional, we may validate your licensure status and other information against available databases that list licensed health care professionals. In order to perform their jobs, these other companies may have limited access to some of the personal information we maintain about users of the Site. We require all such companies to comply with the terms of this Privacy Policy, to limit their access to any personal information to the minimum necessary to perform their obligations, and not to use the information they may access for purposes other than fulfilling their responsibilities to us. We use our best efforts to limit the use of other companies in areas where personally identifiable healthcare information may be involved.

Promotional Offers: Sometimes Nursing-Resource.com sends offers to selected groups of users on behalf of other businesses. When Nursing-Resource.com does this, it does not give that business your name and address. Nursing-Resource.com provides a variety of mechanisms for you to tell it that you do not want to receive such promotional offers.

Business Transfers: If Nursing-Resource.com transfers a business unit (such as a subsidiary) or an asset (such as a Web site) to another company, that company will be required to honor the applicable terms of this Privacy Policy.

Legal Requirements: We may release account and other personal information when we believe release is required to comply with law. We may release personal health information, including information from a medical record, if, in our judgment after review by an attorney, the release is compelled by law or regulation, or if the release is necessary to prevent the death or serious injury of an individual.

Consent: We may release personally identifiable information to a third party in accordance with your consent, subject to the purposes and limits that we disclose when we request your consent.

When we share information with third parties, we ask that they agree in writing to abide by this Privacy Policy.

If we discover that a third party inadvertently disclosed personal information about any of our users, we will take immediate action to prevent further occurrences.

Protection of Information

In this section of our Privacy Policy, we discuss the security measures we take to protect information that we have collected about you.

General Policies

We have implemented technology and security policies, rules and other measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control from unauthorized access, improper use, alteration, unlawful or accidental destruction, and accidental loss. We also protect your information by requiring that all our employees and others who have access to or are associated with the processing of your data respect your confidentiality.

We use security methods to determine the identity of registered users, so that appropriate rights and restrictions can be enforced for that user. Reliable verification of user identity is called authentication. We use both passwords and usernames to authenticate users. Users are responsible for maintaining their own passwords.

For privacy questions or concerns, please contact us.