What's ANA been doing for NURSES lately??

  1. what else has ana been doing???? look here:

    nurse leaders take action on range of workplace and patient care issues at ana's house of delegates
    nurse leaders representing the american nurses association's 54 constituent member associations set policy on a range of issues important to the profession, including protecting the rights of nurses, supporting the critical role of public health nurses and the public health system and promoting ana's role in shaping the current debate on health care system reform to ensure access to care for all.

    ana ceo stierle highlights ana accomplishments in hod address
    ana ceo linda stierle, msn, rn, cnaa,bc, highlighted ana's many accomplishments in her annual address to the house of delegates and urged delegates to pass the bylaws proposals in order for ana to be "the house of nursing."

    ana house of delegates approves new structure to better meet the needs of nation's nurses
    a landmark restructuring of the american nurses association (ana) will allow the organization to be more inclusive and better meet the needs of all nurses. overwhelmingly passed at the june 25-27 ana house of delegates (hod), the bylaws amendments create new membership categories that provide alternative pathways for organizations and individuals to connect with ana.
    bylaw revision:

    ana government affairs: http://www.ana.org/gova/
    federal advocacy
    state advocacy

    2002 ana ceo 's stakeholder report:

    nursing's agenda for the future
    nursing profession unveils strategic plan to ensure safe, quality patient care and address root causes of growing shortage nursing's agenda for the future calls for broad support from other stakeholders

    2003 press releases from
    the american nurses association
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  3. by   sjoe
    More to the point: what are the CONCRETE RESULTS of those meetings, conferences, etc. in the working lives of everyday nurses?
  4. by   ainz
    my thoughts exactly sjoe
  5. by   teeituptom
    Concrete sinks
    Hot air rises
  6. by   live4today
    Concreteville vs. Realityville............I live in Realityville! Let the rubber meet the road and see who comes out on top!
  7. by   -jt
    Im a staff RN working f/t at the bedside in an urban ICU. Im also an active ANA member. And I can tell you there are a lot of staff RN ANA members just like me, working hard in that organization, getting it to where we all know it should have been many years ago. And we're doing it. ANA's job is in Washington DC. If you want to know how the organization is working for RNs, read its government affairs page on its website. Also look at the studies it has done on workplace conditions, and RN staffing & its impact on patient care. Those studies give credence to our arguments and support the rationale for getting the laws we staff RNs need passed. Im so tired of hearing complaints about how much WE are not doing for everybody else who is isnt lifting a finger to help.
    Last edit by -jt on Jul 24, '03
  8. by   ainz
    I am advocating that all nurses unite and join the American Nurses Association. They have some things in place that would be advantageous. With less than 10% of nurses in America being members, what can we expect from these people.

    If we join in mass and elect people to the ANA that will get out there and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN then it would be worthwhile.

    I am a results oriented person. The ANA has been around since 1902. Look at where nursing is today. You tell me what the ANA has done to produce concrete results. We need leadership in the ANA that truly reflects nursing issues today and has some teeth that knows how to get out there and be effective in bringing about change.
  9. by   live4today
    Rock on ainz! (clapping warranted for your post). :kiss

    I, too, am a "results oriented person". Problems are a fact of life, but solutions come to those who work to make them happen.
  10. by   NRSKarenRN
    you tell me what the ana has done to produce concrete results.
    check out:
    voices from the past, visions of the future a summary of selected benchmarks in the history of the american nurses association

    the american nurses association, composed of professional nurses dedicated to the promotion of health and the care of the sick, has served as the forum in which the nation's critical health issues have been discussed throughout the last century.

    functioning as a democracy, the ana provided the structure in which views were expressed, ideas were debated and evaluated, and positions and goals were formulated. because it represented the views of administrators, clinical practitioners in institutions and community agencies, educators, and researchers, it has served for 100 years as the public voice for the diversity of america's professional nurses.

    this centennial exhibit focuses on the primary reason for all of ana's concern and activities, the fulfillment of nursing's social responsibility to provide health care to people.

    the following is a selection of nurses' quotes and summarized narratives that depict ana's involvement with professional nurses and their patients throughout a century of care-giving. the content of "voices from the past, visions of the future" is a summary of selected benchmarks in the history of the american nurses association and is not to be considered an exhaustive study.

    "organization is the power of the day.
    without it, nothing great is accomplished."
    sophia palmer, first and second convention of the american society of superintendents of training schools for nursing, 1897 http://nursingworld.org/centenn/index.htm

    check out each decade link at bottom of website. karen

    your guide to the benefits of ana membership:

    providing information you need

    presenting your work to the public: public relations

    protecting your patients' rights: ethics, human rights

    working for you on capitol hill: lobbying, legislative work

    organizing your political voice: politics, grassroots action

    guarding your rights and safety in the workplace: labor efforts, workplace safety

    working for you behind the scenes: in the federal agencies

    representing the u.s. nursing community: international nursing

    fighting for quality of care for your patients

    guiding your profession: standards of practice

    enriching your nursing career: networking, credentialing, certification, continuing education

    highlights of 2002 activities:
    what has ana done for me lately:
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jul 24, '03
  11. by   ainz
    I acknowledge that the ANA has been ACTIVE, but, activity that does not produce results is WASTED energy.

    One of the key issues at hand that threatens the very survival of the profession is being able to link NURSING interventions to positive patient outcomes and linking that to positive financial outcomes. The ANA states that they have been aware of this missing research for 10 YEARS but NOTHING has been done.

    Then we go look at the NIH NINR (National Institute for Nursing Research) and the "themes for the future" that their panel of EXPERT nursing researchers have developed, nothing directly addresses the issues currently threatening the very survival of our profession. Nothing directly addresses the reasons for, and SOLUTIONS to, the issues driving existing nurses out of the profession and keeping people from entering.

    A nicely and professionally written collection of position papers has done little for nursing. Nursing is in the shape it is because we as nurses and our professional association that represents us have taken no effective and meaningful action to advance the profession. The laws and regulations of our country allow corporations to force nurses to accept things that are not good for healthcare or force nurses to leave. This should not be and I consider it an OUTRAGE.

    I am very passionate about this subject because nursing is my CHOSEN profession and I have alot of pride in what I do and have done.

    So, what has the ANA done for nursing lately????!!!!!!!
  12. by   jnette
    I know this may sound off the wall, but I was wondering if ALL nurses were REQUIRED to be a member of ANA (wait, now, I'm not finished... ) and we ALL had to pay dues (they could then also certainly afford to reduce those dues if ALL nurses were dues-paying members)... wouldn't we as ONE VOICE then be a whole lot louder..and HEARD? Wouldn't we EXPECT ANA to perform on ur behalf.. DEMAND it, even,.. if we all were paying dues... similar to any other union? Wouldn't we be filling ANA's mailbox and ringing those phones off the wall, as you so well stated in another thread? Wouldn't we be WANTING RESULTS for our money? And pushing a whole lot harder to GET them?

    Just a thought.. I don't like "mandatory" anything, myself, but it sure does make me wonder....
  13. by   ainz
    jnette--based on some things I have read here and conversations with nurses in my community and hospital; it may be that the only way to unify nurses throughout the country is to impose some mandatory requirement that pulls us together, even if it is against our will--but wait--is that kind of like communism or a dictatorship or something where it is assumed people are too stupid to assume the basic responsibilities of living in a democracy and having freedom? Things like staying informed of important issues, being involved so that your opinion and voice is heard, voting, and such?????
  14. by   jnette
    Sure it is, Ainz ! It IS "forced" and "unamerican". It was worth thinking about, though.. just to know that when we have to PAY for sth., we want sth. for our money in return, and do tend to get a little more feisty, and our voice becomes a whole lot louder...

    I metioned lowering the cost of ANA membership in your other thread (hey Educators!) which I think would encourage a lot more nurse to join, but even then, there's no guarantee that sufficient numbers to make a difference WOULD join... well, you sure have started some great threads here, and ppl ARE reading them, and hopefully we will pull our head out of the sand and see the train coming down the track fullspeed in OUR direction... before it's too late.