The Political Nurse Speaks - page 3

I have been a political animal all of my life. From the time my grade school held a vigil for Bobby Kennedy and a mock Presidential election in the same year, I've followed the fortunes and follies... Read More

  1. by   Garden,RN
    [FONT=Open Sans, verdana, sans-serif][COLOR=#000000]"It is my hope that as the election of 2012 comes and goes, more political analysts and campaign managers will realize that NO group should be pigeon-holed as a voting bloc, and learn to tailor their messages to reach those who don't conform to their idea of how nurses think. In addition, I would like to see the state and national nursing associations, such as the ANA, open up the "big tent" to include nurses who don't support the proliferation of unions, who vote Republican, and who hold associate's degrees or are LPNs. After all, we are ALL nurses!" As a Independent and at times Republican, I have always felt like there was no place for me. I felt that I was expected to fall in step with the program instead of using critical skills to make my decisions. It would behoove as nurses, especially female nurses to honestly look at all sides honestly and openly discuss these matters, passionately and respectfully. We have a select group representing that all nurses are democrats, so why would I want to join the ANA and help them finance their personal political ventures? We nurses have come a long way, but we need to shed the middle age thing that we, who are mostly females need to be "managed" by the powers that be, like if we were some ninnies.
    Thank you for the discussion, my parents came from Cuba and ingrained in me the need for freedom of speech as well as all our other freedoms, since they lost theirs. My father was in health care as well and practised in two countries. Our healthcare system has become the Spanish Armada. Now that I am also battling chronic illness, I mourn for the loss of the time when we were all free to truly care for our patients.