I completely agree with you PICUNP...I, for example, have never worked for a union although I sure would have benefited from one recently. As I said before, not all employers
require the presence of a union to treat their nursing staff well. So, not all nurses need to be "unionized".
We do, however, need a unified voice in the chambers of congress and our state capitols. Healthcare change over the years has had little effective nursing input and it has been disastrous for the profession. Professional nurses need to be represented when decisions are made about the delivery of healthcare.
As we can see from the example of allnurses, nurses are a diverse group and we often have differing ideas and expectations. We DO, however, largely agree on topics concerning staffing and safety, etc. Unfortunately, we have ZERO lobbying influence in the halls of our government. We represent a huge work force in this country...what WE think about OUR jobs and how they impact PATIENT goals and outcomes should be a heck of a lot more obvious and important to our political and industry leaders.
I agree that no one union will be "everything to everybody"...but then you can apply that truism to everything including ourselves as nurses. The fact that some will be unhappy with it does not mean that it should not exist or that it is not needed by the "group". I have joined some groups before, in order to accomplish something unachievable on my own. I am willing to do it again.