Quote from lindarn
I haved been waiting for 32 years for my "National Nursing Organization" (the ANA) to accomplish ANYTHING for the bedside nurse, other than selling our professional practice to hospitals and nursing homes, to the highest bidder. They have done nothing but proven themselves to be useless. In other words, they have accomplished NOTHING. You can wait another 30 years for something to happen in nursing, but I, like many of the nurses in this country, and on this list serve, have HAD IT WITH THEIR INACTION.
You are also free to support "state national/state nurse patient ratios", but don't complain if you still have ten patients to care for, and no pension to retire on.
Nurses have had a misguided loyalty to these worthless organizations, and it has taken YEARS for a nursing organization to come about, and gathered enough support to be able to effect change in the nursing workplace, and to become, that four letter word, "MILITANT" in their demands. THAT is what has made positive change in nursing, not powerless nursing organizationals. My support is for the CNA and the NNOC. Actions speak louder than words.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
I agree with you ANA sucks, but who said I belonged to ANA. I am currently belong to the most powerful speciality nursing organization there is the AANA which unfortunately does not help most bedside nurses.
Any financial planner will tell you depending soley on your pension from your job for your retiirement is foolhearty at best. Anything can happen to that job/company. What happens if that company/hospital goes bankrupt?
Unions have a long history in this country of causing just as many problems as they solve. In the beginning Unions are great, but then when there is no major problems left to solve union reps are left looking for reasons to justify their jobs in order to stay employed. Unions have long history of corruption, causing companies to go bankrupt, forcing companies to send jobs overseas to remain competitive etc. (although I don't think we have to worry about that to much...but hospitals could start hiring more foreign workers to avoid the problem with union workers.)
Action do speak louder than words and this is a market economy if someone doesn't like a job move on. There are hundreds of thousands of nursing jobs all over the U.S.
In general, I hope you are right and I am wrong. I hope nursing unions prove me wrong and never do anything wrong, but what I see so far doesn't give me a lot of hope. They already make us seem like a bunch of factory workers instead of the professionals we all are.
Shannon RN, BSN, CCRN, SRNA..is there a point to putting are credentials on here.