While it is true that the ANA does not represent LPNs and holds BSNs in higher regard than ADNs I do not think that is a bad thing.
One of the biggest underlying efforts of the ANA is to represent the BSN as a professional nurse.
Even though the core of thier efforts does not concern the ADN or LPN a lot of their efforts trickle down to help the LPN and ADN. This includes the efforts regarding staffing.
My opinion is if you are a LPN or ADN you need to realize the ANA isn't really your most compatible advocate. That doesn't make them bad though. The ambiguity of their name shouldn't really be in question - that is like suggesting Playboy should be name Playman, or whatever.
Just let the ANA do it's job and if it doesn't fit your agenda then join another org that you feel represents you better. I mean I am a white man but I do not choose to join the KKK, ya know?
Besides, if you want to get picky... The bachelors degree has long been considered the lowest common denominator of the white collar worker. Many companies only hire individuals with a four year college education. In nursing we have a nice advantage that we can get a 2 year degree at a community college and still earn a decent living. I think we should count our blessings. If you want to feel more like a professional it might be worthwhile to attempt to get a BSN.
By the way, before I am called an elitist. I am an ADN. I realise if I desire to continue growing my resume and have security in my field I should get more credentialing and a BSN. If, when, I do, I would hope that sacrifice and dedication is rewarded.
I think it is pathetic to hear LPNs saying they should get the same recognition as RNs and ADNs should get the same recognition as BSNs. It may be difficult to go back to school for more education, but that is a different story and not the fault of the industry or those who have done it, even if it was easy for them.
Perhaps I am an elitist though. I do enjoy golf.