Quote from Elisheva
Timothy, do you think it would help if more of us joined the ANA, or are you implying that even if we did, the ANA would not be an effective organization to promote nursing concerns? I'd like to hear your thoughts.
It is a Catch 22. The ANA does not do anything to improve the "Quality of Life", for nurses, in terms of staffing ratios, pay, etc. So no one joins ANA. But if more nurses joined ANA, they would have the money to afford lobbyists on our behalf to effect the necesssary changes.
If the ANA had at least spoken out against the massive changes that were introduced in the 1990's, given nurses "permission" to refuse unsafe staffing, and working conditions, I would have at least given serious thought to at least do a "test" membership, for a few years, to give it time to work out.
But as it stands, we continue to have unsafe changes made to our working conditions, staffing ratios etc. When the average person with a brain would have stood behind their constitency, given them the utmost in support, the ANA, in all of its dysfunction, in stead, told its nurses to just "suck it up". "Learn" how to "safely delegate" our professional practice to HS drop out nurses aides, and they now wonder why only 5% of the RNs in this country belong to their organization. "Scratch Head", and exclaim, DUUUHH! Once again, JMHO, and my NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN