ANA members mandate to BOD:change the association--view the results

  1. "while the profession is facing pressure points and seizing new opportunities, ana is in the midst of long overdue and necessary organizational change. two and half years ago, ana's constituent members gave a mandate to the board of directors to change the association.

    the message from the april 2000 constituent assembly was clear - the status quo was unacceptable. ana needed to clarify its role, demonstrate relevance in the new millennium and grow in membership and financial strength. "


    ana president barbara blakeney, ms, aprn, bc,anp
    and ana ceo linda stierle, msn, rn, cnaa,bc
    provided updates on ana's cornerstone work during the
    nov. 8-10 meeting of leaders of its 54 constituent member
    associations.

    president blakeney's speech:
    http://www.nursingworld.org/pressrel/2002/ca1102rm.htm

    ceo stierle's slide presentation:
    http://www.nursingworld.org/about/la...ome.htm#slides

    annual stakeholder's report 2001:
    http://www.nursingworld.org/about/lately/stkhld01.pdf
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Nov 15, '02
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   -jt
    <<<........"Perhaps the most pressing issue is the crisis in nurse staffing and the growing shortage of nurses, something the ANA has long been sounding the alarm about to policy-makers, the media and the general public. I want you to know that ANA delivers the same message in every forum. That message is: that while we laud and encourage recruitment efforts - they will ultimately fail unless we focus attention - and resources - on retention of nurses. And in order to improve retention - working conditions must improve.
    Nurses MUST be recognized and respected for their professional expertise. We MUST receive better compensation and benefits.
    .....And finally, in order for retention efforts to be successful, employers must change their thinking about nurses - they must understand that we are an asset, not an expense. They must understand that our skills and experience make the critical difference in achieving quality patient outcomes and that without nurses - their institutions are merely buildings full of empty beds!.............."
    B Blakeney, RN
    President of the ANA. >>>>

    I liked that part of her presentation the best.
  4. by   NRSKarenRN
    Most CEO's believe that it's their physician's that generate income by admitting patient's to their facility and if physician's aren't satisfied, they will take their business to a competitor. What the CEO's are failing to understand AND capitalize on is that physician's choose a facility because of the NURSING CARE that is needed 24/7. Patients who are educated OR have vast healthcare exposure ask THE NURSES who are the doctors to go to and often chose one hospital over the other based on previous NURSING CARE.

    Home Care RN's often are asked for reccomendations to physican's, hospitals, tests, and procedures. WE hold vast power (unknown to many CEO's) over having patient's return to their facility or steering to a different one if patient has had a poor experience/overlooked condition etc.----------This has been my experience over the past 25 years.

    We are NOT an expense, we are their survival.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Nov 16, '02
  5. by   -jt
    <<<"........On August 1st, I joined President Bush in the Oval Office for the signing of the Nurse Reinvestment Act - legislation that was dormant until ANA exerted pressure through N-STAT- its formidable grassroots network -- to get Congress to take action. While our work won't be completed until we get Congress to appropriate the needed funding to make this act meaningful, I have no doubt that the ANA enterprise has the political clout to make this a reality...... I am pleased to report that ANA-PAC posted an impressive 84% win rate (in the recent Congressional elections). And we are gaining important support among influential voices outside of Congress. I hope many of you saw the recent newspaper column by Steve and Cokie Roberts urging Congress to take action and fund the Nurse Reinvestment Act. We are being heard and we are winning new allies each day.
    On August 13, I represented nursing at a special economic forum in Waco, Texas, on health care security called by President Bush and chaired by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. Since that meeting, I've met one-on-one with Secretary Thompson and we held a press conference together about the HHS-ANA partnership to create National Nurses Response Teams.
    In September, I delivered testimony - along with UAN Secretary-Treasurer Jeanne Surdo and American Academy of Nursing Secretary Linda Burnes Bolton - to the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Work Environment and Patient Safety.
    On October 17, I spoke to congressional staffers about the nursing shortage at an event organized by the Alliance for Health Reform and webcast by the Kaiser Family Foundation. And we are working hard at the international level, as well. Cheryl Johnson, Kathy Hall and I joined a number of nursing organizations from major industrialized nations at the International Council of Nurses Workforce Forum in Iceland in September.
    I am proud to represent nursing at these forums.
    ANA receives countless invitations to be at the table to represent the profession and ANA's endorsement is actively sought by a variety of organizations to add credibility to their issues and programs.
    ANA has built a reputation as a leading international and national nursing organization. We are THE VOICE of nursing - a respected resource for legislators, regulators, health care leaders and the public................"
    Barbara Blakeney, RN
    President of ANA>>>>>

    All the more reason why staff RNs members are getting more involved in the organization, participating in decision making, taking leadership roles, & making sure its the staff RNs message that is heard now.
    Doing a pretty good job of it too.
    Last edit by -jt on Nov 15, '02
  6. by   Youda
    Originally posted by NRSKarenRN
    Most CEO's believe that it's their physician's that generate income by admitting patient's to their facility and if physician's aren't satisfied, the will take their business to a competitor. What the CEO's are failing to understand AND capitalize on is that physician's choose a facility because of the NURSING CARE that is needed 24/7. . . .
    This is so true, Karen! At the last LTC I worked at, the medical director wouldn't admit his patients to his own facility. He cited "bad care" and "short staffing" as the reason.
  7. by   nightingale
    As always thanks for the articles Karen. OH so true...

    I could have worked another 12 today, but quite frankly, I could not take another day of dumping and feeling like I had to struggle every bit of the way to meet patient needs. I have felt over worked and under-appreciated over the edge and am, at my financial loss, taking today off... I just could not face another day in the trenches no matter how much I really could use the money.

    No sir... not that hungry today...

    Tomorrow is another day though and there will be plenty of shifts waiting for nurses...
  8. by   oramar
    Karen, I am not really satisfied with the web site for joining ANA. They can't tell you what your dues are going to be because of variations in price state to state. It winds up being join and we bill you for whatever it is. I usually want to know exactly what something cost before I pay. Is there a Pa. site that has more info?
  9. by   NRSKarenRN
    Oramar:
    You can join PSNA/ANA for our reduced dues rate of $152.50 plus a district dues rate--PGH rate is $30.00/yr---but you can join any county you want if you just want the access to PSNA/ANA and don't want to get county info or attend their meetings.

    Reduced Dues Option (50% of Full dues rate) -- This is available to non-working nurses, full-time (at least nine credits) students who already have their RN license and are in their second program, or nurses 62 or over not earning more than Social Security allows. Annual verification of employment or school status is required.

    PA Dues rate:
    http://www.psna.org/membership/newdues.htm
  10. by   oramar
    That is exactly the info for which I was searching.:kiss
  11. by   NRSKarenRN
    Always glad to help.
  12. by   -jt
    <They can't tell you what your dues are going to be because of variations in price state to state. It winds up being join and we bill you for whatever it is. I usually want to know exactly what something cost before I pay. Is there a Pa. site that has more info?>

    All you have to do is call your state nurses association & ask them what their membership fee. Your ANA membership is already included in that amount because membership in your state association gives you automatic membership in the ANA as well.
  13. by   oramar
    I joined ANA yesterday using it's website. I did use the PSNA site to figure out cost. ANA site had computer registration. PSNA had only form for printing out and mailing in to headquarters.
  14. by   pattyjo
    Hey oramar: Good to know you signed up! Our district (6) is pretty active, especially with legislative issues. PM me if you have any questions, and if you want to get involved. Always happy to welcome a new member!
    Patty

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