I hear you calling, Ainz, and I wish I was the one to say "HERE I AM !" I have what you need ! Let's get to work !"
But I'm not, and I don't. I'm just a brand-spankin' new nurse of 5 mos., and that at 53. But the fire in my gut is akin to yours and I feel your intensity and sincerity.. and despair.
I will tell you just ONE thing that I feel should be changed, and that is ANA membership dues. I wanted very much to join once I got my degree, and was appalled when I saw the cost. As a new nurse, in MY AREA, I start out at a paltry $15.00/hr. Suks, right?
So why can the ANA not develop new guidelines re membership costs, so EVERYONE can afford to join? I know they offer a discount, but my goodness, that's just for the 1st 6 months ! Give me a break ! Not ALL the RNs out there make 30, 40, 50, even 60k a year ! I think it would be better to charge membership according to one's income.. this way everyone has a shot at being a member and having their voice heard. I DO UNDERSTAND that it takes $$ to persue things, but if EVERYONE could afford to join (at a lower, even WAY lower) rate, their membership and revenue (even at lower cost) would SOAR !
Anyway, that's JMHO.