Thank you for your input, JBMommy. I don't think your comment is without warrant. It amazes me that people can even stay sane and alive in circumstances such as yours, and I highly respect that. I mentioned in my previous post that while I am busy, I don't have kids (or a wife, for that matter). I think that does make it much easier to be available to do things like volunteer. We have individuals in our program in a similar circumstance; it's certainly rough. My question to those individuals is: what will your involvement be once you graduate? What are your motivations for going into nursing? My experience is that it boils down to money in most cases. I'm not trying to speak for your situation; I know many excellent nurses just like you. However, if I come into the ED or need an ICU, the last nurse I want taking care of me is the one that is there just for the paycheck. If you had to take your ill child in, I dare to say you would feel similarly.
It's not the nurses that are passionate about what they do but just don't have time to be active due to family or whatever else they have going on that frustrate me. It's the ones that, whether busy or if they have all the time in the world, show a total apathy for the profession. It's an attitude, not a circumstance, that bothers me.
Anyway, I feel like this thread keeps getting detoured into why people don't want to participate. It's valid for consideration, but I'm looking for ideas to get people involved.
So, instead of why you don't/can't/won't, how about ideas for what would change your mind? For some, there is nothing. The rest of you...let's hear it!