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- Mar 6, '03 by peggywi_RNI have never felt the need to get involved with the WNA..I think their dues are way too high and they turned me off with their BSN vs ADN proposals when i graduated 16 years ago...I still do not see an advantage for me
- Mar 8, '03 by -jtThe advantage is in making the voice of staff RNs & your profession stronger in your state. Its not about getting personal perks. The "advantage" is much bigger than that. If you are a practicing RN, what the state nurses assoc does affects you. If it doesnt have the membership, it wont have the funds to do much of anything & that will affect you too. It is to the nurses advantage to make sure her state assoc has the means to do what nurses need it to do. RNs can choose to sit back and do nothing to strengthen the voice of nursing in their state, provide no support, & then complain that the assoc in their state is "ineffective", or they can join their state nurses assoc, and help give it the means to make nursing a force to be reckoned with in their legislature and also to be able to provide the programs that nurses need - such as the peer assistance program that helps addicted RNs to regain their lives.
Your state nurses assoc is who guides your state on making laws that affect you & your practice. If staff RNs are not in it, others will be making the laws you have to work by. If staff RNs are absent, do not support nursing lobbyists in their states, and with their uninvolvement cause nursing to be politically weak on their issues in their state, they cant complain when their state legislarure does nothing to improve their workplace situation. Every other group has lobbyists at their state capitols. If nurses wont support theirs, they are defeating themselves when it comes to state laws that affect them.
For example, in NY, pharmacists are lobbying to have a state law passed that will allow them to administer meds & vaccinations - taking over a key role of RNs & eliminating RNs from various work settings. Also, the hospital assoc is lobbying to overturn a new law that prevents medicaid funds from being used to pay for union-busting instead of only pt care. In Colorado, a nursing home owner is trying to get the state to pass a law that will reduce the qualifications & credentials of RNs, which will bar their licenses from being recognized by other states, and hold them hostage being able to work only in Colorado. In instances like these, it is the state nurses assocs that are leading the fight against them for all nurses in their states - paid for by the dues of the members.
If it were not for the work our state nurses assocs are doing on our behalf, these people would have already gotten their way & we would just have to live with it, no matter how badly it affected us. Supporting our state assocs so they can fight things like this is to our advantage. That support comes in the form of active membership. Laws for safe staffing, safe pt care, forced overtime bans, financial assistance for nursing education, and many other bills that affect RNs and patients are being written, guided, & lobbied for by the state nurses assocs. Everything costs money. Without the membership dues and support of nurses in their states, the state nurses assocs would not be able to do any of it & we would all be at the mercy of whatever non-nurses decided to do to our profession in our states.
It is no accident that the state assocs with the largest numbers of members are also the strongest and most effective. They have the resources to get the work done for our benefit. And that is to the advantage of every nurse in their states.
For more info on the work that the WNA to doing for all RNs in that state, funded by its members, see: http://www.wisconsinnurses.org/l3con...sp?contentid=9Last edit by -jt on Mar 8, '03
- Aug 21, '03 by moonshadeauI moved this here since it involves Wisconsin nurses.
I need the help of the staff nurses of Wisconsin. I need to identify the issues that are face staff nurses in the workplace. What is the biggest issue that prevents you from having job satisfaction?
The reasoning behind this is that I head up a group that is devoted to promoting positive changes for staff nurses in the workplace by working with the "powers that be". We have good intentions and plans but lack of participation and representation across the state.
Lack of RN's in your area
Increase workload demands
Increase in expectation of competency
Lack of funding for continuing ed
Workplace violence (lateral/peer and patient/family)
any others? any significant ones were are missing? what is the biggest issue?
Thanks for the help. Any input may keep me from banging my head into a cement wall.
- Sep 8, '03 by CRZAs a new RN I attended District meetings but never have joined WNA because dues are way too high compared to other nursing organization's dues and the income level of the average nurse. I do belong to several other professional organizations. Many nurses are spouses, moms, active church members, Scout and 4-H leaders,etc. There is only so much time and so many dollars in a family budget. Realistically, WNA is way down the list when it comes to my family's budget and time allocation. There have also been times when WNA was on the wrong side of the fence on issues of concern to me and I could not support their political activities because of this. In 31 years of nursing the WNA hasn't done much for me as a rural staff nurse. It is a rather invisible organization-not much attention is paid to it locally because it doesn't pay much attention to small town staff nurses!
- Oct 4, '03 by AudreyfayI belong to my specialty group, which is very involved in the issues that impact my practice. Since I am not in staff nursing, I have not looked into the WNA. I don't think I would have time to do both. SORRY!
- Oct 5, '03 by nookomisNo, I do not belong to the WNA. It is too expensive. I spend slightly more than that on AADE and ADA that are a strong suggestion for the field I am in. Along with the 3 nursing license from various states. I would end up spending a complete paycheck on dues, have you considered getting rid of some of the administrative cost and decreasing the dues?
- Mar 19, '04 by jezziejohnsonI am not a member of the WNA, as the annual dues are quite pricey, and most of the members seem to be administrators and educators. There is a new association starting up called "WRNA." It is an association mainly for the RNs in the trenches, and it's sole purpose is lobbying in Madison. The dues are only $66/year. I have joined at ground level, and am interested in how this association is going to develop.
- Apr 27, '04 by mganleyAside from the very high dues, I do not belong to WNA because I do not agree with their political views, nor do I support the candidates that they endorse. Will have to check into the WRNA as mentioned by previous poster as I do have an interest in politics and the future of our profession.