Why on earth shouldn't a nurses union advocate for other than nursing issues? What do you think that State Hospital Associations do with their dues money? They use it to fight nurses on issues like staffing ratios, etc. They use their power to push issues that help the Hospital Associations keep nurses powerless, improve the power of the hospitals, nursing homes.
All, if not most, issues that would benefit hospitals, but none of which would benefit nurses.
ALL companies, in ALL areas, have lobbyists that pressure out elected officials, to vote to benefit THEM. That is the name of the game.
If you don't believe that, you are in la la land. THAT is the way the world works.
By playing, the, "nice little girl", who doesn't ask for anything, remaining, "martyr marys", who sacrifice their career, sometimes their licenses, to keep the PTB happy. Regardless of the outcome.
YES we have a duty to advocate for our patients, but we cannot due this, by not being unionized, and speaking with a unified voice.
JMHO and my NY $0.02
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN (ret)
Somewhere in the PACNW