2/4/09: Nursing Activism Primer-- Legislation, Lobbying/ Contacting Elected Officials

  1. Thanx !
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  3. by   jnette
    Great !!!

    Thank you, NRSKARENRN....I NEED a "primer"... ! Want to do some studying on this .. a lot I need to educate myself on...this will help the "don't know where to start" .....

    Appreciate the info.. a bunch !
  4. by   Jenny P
    Thanks, Karen, for posting this info here. I'm glad to see that people are interested in this; I wish we could light fires under every nurse to get involved by writing a letter or talking to their legislators AND voting in such a way it helps nurses and health care in this country. Each one of us CAN make a difference if we are committed to do so.
  5. by   legsmalone
    I find myself more and more thinking and voting with the mind of a nurse (imagine that!) and feel like just voting isn't enough, this is a big help in getting myself moving more towards activisim.
    Here's to us getting Washington to listen!
  6. by   baseline
    Thank you!
  7. by   AJACKT33Z
    I would be more active, but since being (not completely) black-balled, it would be 100% easier w/ an income not dependant on those that you actively oppose. I learned this the hard way, & it is very humbling, and very depressing. I read & am glad you are doing what you do; however, for me it is professional suicide! Keep fighting, NurseKaren!
  8. by   Nurse Nevada
    Thank you for all the info you posted. It was very helpful to me. I started a petition to try and change the nurse-to-patient ratio in Nevada.

    I am also interested to know how Ajack was black-balled. Ajack, if you read this please give a little more detail on what happened. I would like to prepare myself.

    Thanks again,
    Nurse Nevada

    Petition: [url]http://users.lvcm.com/nursingnevada[/url
    1/7/03 Note:above link no longer active. Karen
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jan 7, '03
  9. by   Babe
    Thanks Karen, great info!! Ajack, what in the world happened????????????
  10. by   funnygirl_rn
    Karen, thanks for the great info!! Do appreicate it.
  11. by   AJACKT33Z
    I appologize for not following up- I forgot that I posted on this subject, sorry. Well, I can't give documented proof, but asking & listening to "talk" and other opinions, I am sure that ltc admin. & don's, adon's, etc. (MGMT) from competing facilities all get together & have a blacklist. There is too much evidence to think otherwise. My name, per rumor, figures promenently. Hence the only job I could get was a facility of low reputation. I know--am I paranoid? I wish that was the answer. Depressed & angry? Yes, but helpless because these a**holes have so much say. I am trying not to give up, but it's so hard----thank god for this nursing site, it has helped me a lot when I am discouraged----most of the time lately. I don't want to rain on anybody's career hopes---it may be that I'm a P.I.T.A.,IDEALISTIC, &HARD-HEADED.I have to be a good (their way) & lie low----something that is sooooo hard because there is so much exploitation going on. sigh
  12. by   Patricia116
    I don't think you are paranoid at all. I am certain it happens(blacklisting). Independent thinking and the courage to speak your mind are not attributes that are sought after in the current Nursing job market.
  13. by   mattsmom81
    AJack, I can empathize with your situation and have been there. The way I have managed is being upfront to squelch gossip, keep working agency, and when I want facility jobs, try to make use of friends in high places to go over HR whenever possible. Hang in there...and don't be afraid to call on old friends!

    It is hard to prove this type of blackballing goes on as unscrupulous types fabricate and twist stories, and you may not even find out what they 'have' on you or be able to defend yourself. But a pattern emerges when you apply to 10 facilities and none call you back.....

    Being vocal and strong willed, I was asked to be a union organizer (which failed) and then I got hurt on the job. Kisses of death...LOL... but I'm hangin' in there out of sheer stubborness.

    Patricia you are so right....thanks for saying this 'out loud'.
  14. by   zudy
    Ajack, I know you aren't paranoid. I have seen it happen too many times. We were trying to get a union in our hospital(I no longer work there) The harrassement is simply unbelievable.