I understand the concept of joining your State Nurses Association (and the ANA) with the plan of encouraging other staff nurses to join and become a majority within the membership.
I attempted this in Arizona with the Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA) during 2000 - 2002
A colleague, Valerie Gomes, RN (Founder of the Southern Arizona Nurses Coalition - now a part of the California Nurses Association) of Tucson Arizona supported my efforts while gently trying to tell me that she had already attempted the same thing for the prior two years - without success. Stonewalled by the industry friendly AzNA board with all of her efforts.
Valerie did not want to discourage me or destroy my passion and enthusiasm so she remained supportive of my efforts and let me learn the same lesson for myself.
My efforts led to blacklisting (of which the AzNA was partially responsible for), financial ruin, severe clinical depression, and a threatening letter from the AzNA board in which numerous imprecise statements and allegations were written.
I saved every email and letter to and from the ANA, AzNA, and my colleagues in direct care - as well as National Labor Relations Board legal documents, etc.
I am compiling all of this evidence into a chronology to be published on the nurseprotect web site. It is evidence that the ANA and AzNA are enemies of direct care nurses. That the ANA and many (not all) of its constituents are committed to protecting the industry.
Fortunately there is an alternative.
The American Association of Registered Nurses.
This new organization was created by the California and the Massachusetts Nurses Associations (both constituents have disaffiliated from the American Nurses Association)
I am working with nurses in Texas to create Texas ARN.
If you need more information contact me by telephone or email and I will respond.
Steve Lee, RN