NURSE KAREN'S NURSING HIGHLIGHT Vol .1:The American Assembly for Men in Nuring

  1. Hello! Introducing a new weekly feature to the activism BB. I plan to introduce a nursing organization to the BB members to show the vast aray of nursing.
    I chose this group to encourage more men to actively participate in nursing organizations.

    Any BB posters members?

    The American Assembly for Men in Nursing
    web site @ http://aamn.freeyellow.com/

    Purpose of organization:
    The purpose of this organization is to provide a framework for nurses, as a group, to meet, to discuss and influence factors, which affect men as nurses.

    Objectives:
    Encourage men of all ages to become nurses and join together with all nurses in strengthening and humanizing health care.
    Support men who are nurses to grow professionally and demonstrate to each other and to society the increasing contributions being made by men within the nursing profession.
    Advocate for continued research, education and dissemination of information about men's health issues, men in nursing, and nursing knowledge at the local and national levels.
    Support members' full participation in the nursing profession and it's organizations and use this Assembly for the limited objectives stated above.

    2001 Convention Theme
    "Breaking Barriers to Men's Health"

    The 2001 Convention will be held in Austin, Texas

    November 30 - December 2, 2001

    2001 Convention Information and Call for Abstracts

    Types of Membership

    Membership in the Assembly shall be available by application and elections, as herein provided to Registered Nurses (Sec. C.), Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses and entry level nursing students (Sec D) and anyone the Board Deems worthy of Membership (Section E).

    Section A. Equal Opportunity Statement.

    AAMN membership is unrestricted by consideration of age, color, creed, handicap, sexual orientation, lifestyle, nationality, race, religion, or gender.

    Section B.
    There shall be three levels of membership, Full Membership, Associate Membership and Honorary Membership.

    Section C.
    Full Members must be Registered Nurses and are entitled to these membership privileges: a voice with vote at Assembly Meetings, appointment or election to Assembly office, receive the quarterly newsletter and reports and shall have Chapter membership privileges as specified in Chapter Bylaws. Full membership dues are $80.00 per year. New graduates may join during the first year after graduation for $35.00.

    Section D.
    Associate Members are members of the public, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses and entry-level nursing students. Associate members may serve on chapter committees, hold chapter office and vote at chapter meetings if permitted by Chapter Bylaws, and may serve on national committees but not vote at Assembly Meetings, may not be counted as part of a quorum at Assembly Meetings, and may not hold Assembly office or be a member of the Board of Directors. Associate membership dues are $25.00.

    Section E.
    Honorary members may participate in discussions at all meetings, but may not vote at national meetings or be counted as part of a quorum. Chapter Bylaws will determine honorary membership privileges at Chapter meetings and activities. Honorary membership in the Assembly, upon recommendation of the Board of Directors, may be conferred by unanimous vote at any annual membership conference upon those who have rendered distinguished service or valuable assistance to organized nursing service or nursing education. Honorary members shall not be required to pay dues to the Assembly and shall have all membership privileges except making motions, voting, and holding office all persons receiving the Luther Christman Award shall receive honorary membership.

    Section F. Obtaining Membership.

    1. Membership in this Assembly shall be by written authorized application to the Assembly.

    2. Membership shall not be transferable from one individual to another.


    AAMN Home Page

    If you Are Interested in joining with us, send your name and address to:

    Email: join@aamn.org
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   donmurray
    An interesting read, and perhaps it is my mindset, but I am thinking, why? I cannot see the need to present myself as part of a "minority group" I am a Nurse, I happen to be male, but I am a Nurse. My gender is irrelevant.
  4. by   oramar
    I emailed this page to my brother the LPN, I have no idea how he will react to it. I found it interesting that such an organization exist.
  5. by   jamistlc
    Originally posted by oramar
    I emailed this page to my brother the LPN, I have no idea how he will react to it. I found it interesting that such an organization exist.
    Okay, I knew of this organization and that it excepts membership of RN's, not LPN's at the same level. It says it is to show the public that males can contribute to Nursing yet it is discriminatory in it's membership practices by lumping us LPN's with the General Public! It is not helpgul to be so cliche!
  6. by   Level2Trauma
    Why is it, that everytime something is mentioned about an organization for RN's some LPN's gripe and complain because they can't join at the same level as an RN. If you want to join and have the same status as an RN, then become a RN. SIMPLE!!! This pathetic whining doesn't solve or improve anything. Want the same benefits, Get the same education!!! I might add, I love and respect LPN's in our profession but this continual child-like behavior "Mama, they won't let me in" is sick. Either continue your education or let it go. Be proud of what you are and not envious of others!!!
  7. by   anonymurse
    My first welcome to the world of nursing: in my first class, I asked my instructor when the class elections were being held. She would not say. One day I came into the room and everyone was there but me. They had held the election. Later the instructor said men should not have leadership positions in nursing.

    Second welcome: same instructor told me in front of the class I should be doing prostate self-examinations.

    Third welcome: same class, another instructor told us to use what we learned in our psych prerequisites to observe and assess kids to make a teaching plan, but don't touch the kids. OK, I understand that. So I did the test where you show a kid a candy box, ask if they know what's in there, when they say "candy" you open it and show there's a dollar in it. Then you ask them what they thought was in the box before and they say "a dollar." And you ask them what their friend will say when you show them the box and they say "a dollar." And that tells you there are a bunch of topics you just can't teach them effectively. For that, I got written up for performing unauthorized psychological experiments on children. Experiments.

    Hey donmurray, maybe your gender is unimportant to you, but it seems mine wasn't unimportant to my instructors.

    Anyway, I think this was just in the first month. I don't particularly want to review more (there's lots more), this is enough to make the point. So when I learned of the existence of AAMN I joined because it's there to represent me and no one else is. It means a lot to me that this thing simply exists.

    Hey jamistlc I have my Associate membership as a RN student, and having LPNs as Associates doesn't seem weird to me because many fellow RN students are LPNs. Associate membership is $25, full membership is $80. Would it be fair to charge LPNs $80 a year? Would it chase them away? Should lesser rates get full privileges? Are the reduced privs all that reduced? These are all Qs you could raise as a member at the national level (LPNs can serve on national committees).
  8. by   anonymurse
    Hey jamistlc, been thinking about your post, YOU HAVE A GREAT POINT. Will start new topic.

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