in response to rstewart without highjacking karens post.
it seems that whenever the ana is criticized, the inevitable "you only get out of an organization what you put into it" appears.the implication is that you should join the ana in order to effect the changes in nursing which you desire; then, if the organization remains unresponsive, it is your own fault because you apparently did not put enough into it.
one would not seriously advise an african-american to join the klan, so they might change that organization's collective minds regarding civil rights. people who desire a ban on handguns are not joining the national rifle association in an attempt to further their agenda, nor would they be expected to.
my point here, is that in my view the ana is not merely unresponsive; their agenda, philosophy, priorities etc. are vastly different from mine. their filing of the amicus is a prime example: here is an organization which for decades has supported the bsn as the minimum educational preparation for professional practice. and now they say that race based preferences are acceptable in gaining admission to college programs. therefore, this is an organization which believes that as an ad prepared nurse, i am not sufficiently educated to perform my job, but if i choose to obtain a bsn, others should be given preference in the admissions process because i am of the "wrong" race. now---why would i lend financial support to such an organization? [/b][/quote]
in order not to highjack karen's post, i decided to open a thread to address rstewart's concerns re: ana.
my first question to you is that you are obviously anti-ana, but have you ever done the research on the issues that the ana supports or opposes that is good for nursing. you state that the ana supports the entry level practice to be a bsn. i personally have not seen reference to this in a while, but i know that it has been an issue with the ana.
but if every ad nurse is turned off with the entry level practice and chooses not to join because of this issue, whom does that leave. that leaves the educators, administrators, managers and entrepeneurs that most likely have at least a bsn. of course these people support this thought since that is what they have. so basically you have cut off your unity in standing as one group of ad nurses within the organization to say "no, i don't believe that the bsn should be entry level". by not joining, all you have said is that you (the individual nurses) say that you are angry but you are not going to do anything about it. how passive agressive is that? and it is very typical of nursing. it is very easy to complain about something, but it is much harder to take an active approach toward change.
in that is what i believe that karen meant by saying "you get out of it what you put in".
i can tell you that my state organization is very interested in what the staff nurse has to say. so much so that we have organized a staff nurse special interest group to address the needs of the average staff nurse within the workplace. the problem is that nurses expect immediate results. working for a change will never provide immediate results.
the ana is looking to unite all nurses within all nursing organiztions. by being a member of aacn or any other affiliate organization, you can have a voice within the ana is proposed. along with that, there is a push to have the choice to belong to a state organization, and the national or just belonging to either group individually.
i know that you stated the organization is unresponsive. i would like to know the background and context of your statement. is this just a generalization or do you have an actual experience to share so that we can improve the system, rather than have someone complain about it.
i have gone on long enough, i am just very tired of people saying negative things about an organization that is trying to effect change within nursing that persons have never taken the time to have been a member or learn about the possibilities.
is the ana perfect? no, far from it. but it requires imput from all nurses of all walks of life to be vocal.quote