<Conventions are a blast!>
We just had our Gala 100th anniversary convention at the NY Hilton Nov 1 - 4. Mrs Coretta Scott King was the keynote speaker at the opening session & a splendid time was had by all every day of convention! And we got 30 CEUs. lol. At one of the business sessions, the collective bargaining nurses voluntarily offered to increase their dues from 1.2 % of yearly base salary of each region to 1.6 % in order to expand collective bargaining services state-wide. Nurses from all over the state - collective bargaining & non-collective bargaining voted more than 2:1 in favor of increasing our own dues. Paying dues is a beneficial means to an end for us members.
<what if your employer doesn't? just because the ana adopted it, what does that really mean for us?>
It means everything that the ANA has adopted this Bill of Rights. It doesnt matter if the HOSPITAL adopts the Bill or not. It is now the standard for nursing workplace practice. It will hold up in court just as the ANA's Code of Nurse Ethics recently did for 6 RNs in New Mexico when the hosiptal tried to stop them from testifying on a pts behalf against the MD who harmed her. The court cited the ANAs Code & sided with them & the RNs. The ANA won that case for the RNs largely based on the Code of Ethics. Same thing with the Bill of Rights. We have a right to all that is there. There will be repercussions for the hospitals that choose to trample those rights - whether it accepts that we have those rights or not. The hospital refusing to recognize our rights doesnt negate our rights or cause them to disappear. If your rights are messed with by your employer, sue him. When he loses, he'll suddenly see the value in recognizing & upholding the Nurses Bill of Rights.
<AJN - Do you have a recommendation for a website to gain access to this journal.>
Besides the journal's website, you can read parts of the AJN at the ANA' website. Theres a link to the AJN posted articles in the blue column on the left at http://www.ANA.org
<Do you find your memebership beneficial?>
Yes. I wouldnt give it up for anything. ANA is the forefront of where everything is happening. Its in DC fighting for the profession & for us. It goes up against the Hospital Associations, the Medical community, the lawmakers, and other on our behalf. Its working to get national laws to protect us, improve our workplace conditions & compensation nationally, among many other things. The more of us that participate, the stronger our voice is in the arena, & the better off we all will be. Its true that about 8% of the RNs in the US are members in this, their national organization. And still just look at all that the ANA has accomplished with just the relative few of us who are there to support the effort. Theres a link on the ANA website titled "What the ANA Has Done for Me Lately". Check it out:
<I have heard nothing regarding activity here in Wyoming. >
The Wyoming Nurses Association is part of the ANA & also part of the largest RN labor union in the nation - the United American Nurses - which is the labor arm of the ANA. You can get to Wyoming's Association website from the ANA's website. Go to the pull-down menu & click on Constituent Member Directory