Why am I not surprised that you would challenge my post. LOL
That's ok, you're entitled to your opinions and questions.
How does the average individual member vote on specific issues? How do you vote on the specifics of proposals as far as what legislation to follow and at what time?
Delegate members of my state nurses assn. cast their votes in the ANA house of delegates for or against specific issues. State delegates seek my input either through direct mail or from thier web site. I elect state delegates via a ballot that is mailed to me annually. Some of these delegates also serve on committees on the national level and these committees help write the legislation.
The specifics of proposals are ironed out in the ANA house of delegates by state nursing assn constituents. The delegates from my state survey opinions of members and take the position based on the majority of member views. If I happen to be in the minority, then I exercise my right as a citizen to write my congressman and express my opposing view.
Does the ANA membership vote by mail or online or do you have to venture to the nearest ANA in your state for a formal casting? In other words, how convenient is the voting process for specific issues?
As stated above, I do not cast a vote directly to the ANA. My stance on an issue is expressed to my SNA either through surveys or web sites. Unless it is an election, then I am sent an official ballot. I will add, however, that I do receive surveys from the ANA by mail, but these are not official ballots.
During the voting process what are the rules as far as involvemnent/participation with respect to the entire membership participation? In the event that a certain percentage of the population does not reply is the issue scraped or does it proceed by the majority that did vote. What is the time limit placed on issues as they come up for vote?
As a member, if I would like to run for an office or run for a position as a delegate to the ANA house of delegates, I can do that. The number of delegates that an SNA is allowed in the ANA House of delegates is directly proportional to the number of members the state represents. Therefore, the more members a State has, the more delegate votes they have.
I'm not quite sure if issues are scrapped if a certain percentage of the population does not reply, I believe it proceeds by the majority that did vote, but I am not sure.
My experience is limited to my SNA House of delegates where issues are debated ad nauseum until someone either requests a vote for the issue to be tabled, revised, or a quarem called to vote.
How much actual control does an average ANA member with a family, a full time job, and lives a distance from the state association actually have over the organization?
As a mother of 3 going through a divorce, working 2 jobs (3 if you count working from home entering research data for a researcher), grad student, living 65 miles from the SNA office, PMSing without any chocolate I honestly do not have time to serve on the SNA Board of Directors or committees. I do, however, try to stay involved by returning surveys that are sent to me, casting my vote for those who represent me, and writing my legislators. My membership does not afford me exclusive control over the organization, as I said, I do not always agree with each and every position of the ANA or my SNA. Membership affords me a voice. I am always welcome to attend any meeting that is held by these organizations. I understand that only 8% of nurses are ANA members, but if more nurses were members and had a voice the political landscape of the profession might change in favor of what you would like to see.
How would the average ANA member vote to stop or hold support for legislation in congress now?
If legislation has reached the point of congress, then it has already been through the ANA process. If I disagree with the legislation, I write my U.S. congressional reps on behalf of myself (an individual nurse).
vote to have the legislation held for use at a later date?
see above answer. I'd convey to my U.S. rep that the legislation needs to be tabled and revised. Hopefully, I'd be able to offer a better solution.
Can the average ANA member bring forth a resolution to act against something?
Yes, I can certainly write a resolution and have it presented at my SNA annual conference/state house of delegates. The resolution would be presented, argued for and against and voted upon by delegates.
How long would it take to push such a resolution through?
Depends on how long it is debated in the house of delegates. Could sail through, could be debated for hours.
Does the average ANA member or group of members have the ability to vote against something priviously adopted?
That would require a new resolution to revisit the issue. State delegates vote on issues, ANA members express their positions through the SNA delegates.
In other words, do the delegates vote without direct guidance on issues at assemblies after discussion, bargaining, and compromise without a vote of the general membership?
SNA delegates seek opinions from members. Once an issue is brought to the floor of the House of Delegates the only arguments allowed are for or against. It cannot be altered or changed in the House of Delegates, but it can be voted down, taken back to the drawing board for revisions and presented again for another vote.
I elect delegates who represent me so I choose them based on similar interests and philosophy, much like you choose your congressional representatives who do not always vote the way you'd like them to.
When was the last time you as an average ANA member casted an actual vote? When was the last time you voted on an individual issue? How convenient was the process? How far did you have to travel? What were the hours open for voting including time span? Who do you see on average running the association as far as area of involvement within the nursing profession is concerned?
I directly voted for my SNA Board of Directors in September by mail in ballot. I was sent extensive background information regarding all candidates approximately one month prior to the deadline to vote.
Individual issues are not voted upon by me, they are presented in the form of opinion surveys, not official ballots.
I did not have to travel.
Staff nurses, nurse practitioners, nursing educators in all areas of nursing represent me on the state level.
Just for comparison's sake, as far as average, what is your actual nursing function including shift and working status (full time, etc.)?
I work per diem 2 weekends a month, 6a-6:30p as a staff nurse at a Rehabilitation hospital. I work part time 25 hours a week with on call 2-3 evenings a week and 2 weekends a month at a private boarding/day school for grades 9-12.
I think I need a nap now.