I owe apologies to Barbara Rose in Texas, Karen O'Hara and Christina Terranova, as they foresaw this and I was too damn naive to believe it. [/B]
First I extend my apologies also to Barbara Rose, Karen Ohara ,Julie, Christina Terranova, Natalie, Dawn, Cheryl, Brian Short and many who had spent time and efforts on this project and also had spoke out, in earnest were trying to lend direction and ended up leaving.[/B]
Well, I for one, am surprised to see these apologies, especially after all that has been said about some of us. I never expected to see this but your admissions say a lot about your character. What can be learned from this entire fiasco is that we must make more of an effort to think before jumping, listen to each other, utilize each others knowledge & experience & not be so quick to condemn someone for having questions or a differing opinion.
I appreciate the apology.
But the fight of nurses to make the workplace changes they need, to make the public aware & to put laws into place to protect us & our pts continues - through many of our state nurses associations & through the UAN/ANA. And nurses are winning that fight slowly but surely.
You both were looking forward to getting your legislator's attention? You still can. There will be nurses from all over the country in DC this spring doing exactly that - ANA member AND non-ANA member. Nurses. All of us. And you all can still be heard & make a difference. Accomplish your mission YOURSELF - without the webmaster.
You dont need a webmaster to do it. YOU have that power yourself - we all do. So shake off the dust & get back up on that horse. As has been stated here before, the party is already planned, all the details are taken care of. All you have to do is show up & tell the lawmakers & the press your stories. Inform the public & make the legislators listen.
(see? - we have the same goal - just a different idea on which group to participate in achieving it. For my money, my established state nurses organization has always been the way to go)
Anyway, Why not invite all those from the MNM who feel as you do & meet up in DC to join many other nurses for a Nurse lobbying "party" at the Capitol? And accomplish your mission. Does it matter if you have a big formal organization with a fancy website, or is your mission to make the public & legislators aware? You can accomplish that yourself. It will be nurses day at the Capitol in June. Youre a nurse. Go there - as a NURSE - & tell them what you had planned to tell them in the first place. Forget the online profiteers & just keep on going.
Just as nurses.....
"STAFFING CRISIS LOBBY DAY, June 26, 2001
Plan to join nurses across the country as they take their message to Capitol Hill for the Staffing Crisis Lobby Day on June 26, 2001, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in Washington, DC. This will be an opportunity to unite with other nurses, their families, colleagues, and friends to deliver a critical message that patients and nurses are at risk in today's hospitals and that nurses are using their power to make hospitals safe. Lobby day will include a "a how to lobby" session, visits to your Congressmen and Congresswomen, a debriefing, and a media event. Download the PDFs of the registration form and hotel reservation form and join fellow nurses on June 26, 2001 in DC. Make a difference!" http://www.UANnurse.com
(Please note the above states "nurses" It does not call for just ANA nurses. All nurses can grab this opportunity to be seen & heard & to make needed changes. No one else is going to do it for us. We have to do it ourselves.)