"If all nurses stand together for what is important to us, we will have a loud voice and will be heard. If not, we are saying that we are willing to let others make decisions and policies that govern our work as nurses and our everyday life as health care consumers."
That about sums it up.
However nurse educators, both in nursing schools and healthcare facilities, see themselves as beholden to hospitals and facilities which provide clinical placements and often funding for scholarships
, etc. In order not to offend these institutions by sending them "activist" nurses as employees (who are likely to "stir the pot") and thereby risking negative feedback from hospitals, etc., nursing students and nurses are short-changed in the areas pointed out in the article.
Unfortunately, nurses' subsequent organizational education then comes from groups that might be excessively negative toward these institutions, and are often poorly-equipped to evaluate them, such as some unions, internet chat rooms/BBs, or informal kvetch sessions.
In the short term, the institutions get what they want--compliant employees--but in the long term, everyone loses.