How about a union for NURSES (yes, this includes LPN's) and not affiliated with the ANA. Bedside nurses need a voice of their own.
Why do bedside nurses need a voice of their own? This would only serve to be more devisive. Concerns of bedside nurses expressed above
We know want we want!!!! Better patient ratio's, higher pay, better Health insurance, better vacation time, matching retirement, etc
are the same things nurses need who work in other areas like homecare, clinics, nursing educators, etc.
Involved in the nursing profession 24 years now, the major problem is that bedside nurses have not spoken-up for themselves during unit meetings, hospital general meetings, when work restructuring occured, nor became members of RN or LPN professional associations or if they are members, participate at meetings or attend annual meetings.
Licensed professionals ...
Less than 10% of RN's are members of ANA and about 1% of LPNs of members of NFLPN.
Attending my ANA districts meeting and
state convention almost yearly that is the same amount of total members I see participating in the organization
My district has 100 members...5-7 show up at meetings. In PA in the year 2000, We had approximately 1500 members--less than 80 attended our convention, the lowest amount I have seen..
10 years ago when we had collective bargaining members, we had 1000 district members and 35-60 would attend meetings; 10,000 state members of PNA and 200 attended convention.
Recently, I attended SEIU/PSNAP rally at PA state capital ( even though I am not a union member) to get legislators attention re introduction of mandatory overtime legislation introduced. The bigest union local in PASNAP is Crozer Chester with over 750 members, five rode on the bus with me to Harrisburg. Three of the nurses were active with me in PNA in the 80's and early 90's.
Most attending the rally were middleaged.
Where are the 20 and 30 year olds who wil be resposible when we retire in the next 10-15 years???
How many bedside nurses do you know that fulfill hospitsl/SNf/Agency requirements re inservces, unit activities, licensure requirements willingly and independently without 50 prompts to get completed.
Apathy and non-participation is what has led us to the current bedside crisis in my view.
An organization is only strong if its members participate.
[ May 24, 2001: Message edited by: NRSKarenRN ]