I agree with the above. I have never been a member of ANA. I will research more about ANA, then conclude what I will do or won't do with them.
I agree that many nurses complain. Boy, do I recall the days when nurses complained to each other...either in private or openly in the break rooms where "TPTB" couldn't overhear them. Then, when a staff meeting is called to address complaints, I could hear a pin drop in the room. No...let's make that a cotton ball. WHY IS THIS?
Nurses who have done this.........speak up here..........what are the reasons for not speaking up when the opportunity presents itself for nurses to "make a change" by being an individual activists in our places of employment?
Offhand I can think of two reasons: fear of repercussions from the higher ups or your boss and fear of being fired or looked at as a troublemaker.
One: No one wants to lose their job.
Two: Our financial status in this country has declined for the hardworking middleclass population to the point where we hold onto whatever we can jobwise because we are blessed to even have a job.
Both good reasons! I won't knock that at all!
When I think back in time to where we were as a people to where we are today, many people had to take a stand in spite of the odds against them. Had not many people in the history of our nation took a stand for making positive changes for the betterment of all...not just some...where would many of us be today?
Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage IS doing what must be done IN SPITE OF the fear facing us.
We need our Voices back, nurses. We need to begin to speak up for ourselves, and implement changes that make our profession of nursing one to once again be looked at with respect.