A) Because nurses as a group are a herd of idiots that constantly take the sword for admin instead of looking out for our own profession and ultimately the patients.
Take the nurse ratio law in MA that just failed. The ANA didn't support it, all sorts of nursing organizations rallied against it. The ONLY group that put out anything pro ratio law that I saw was the MNA, and I thought their effort was mediocre at best. We were inundated with ads from the NO camp/hospitals, lobbyist groups, etc...But we saw almost nothing in the way of support for the nurse-patient ratio law on social media, TV, in the mail, etc...I did see craploads of nurses on TV and on flyers and billboards telling me I should vote NO on the ratio law because nurses need to keep their flexibility and rigid government numbers are dangerous. Anyone who works at bedside knows that is complete and utter nonsense.
As I said, the MNA said they supported it, to their credit they did put some effort with a postcard in the mail, and a few commercials right before election day, but actually disgruntled, overworked, overwhelmed, and understaffed nurses are their bread and butter, so it probably behooves them for nurse-patient ratios not to exist. So who knows? At least they pretended to support it.
Most nurses where I work told me they were voting NO. (This just pisses me off so bad I can't even stand it). We had a real opportunity to make a significant change for the good, improving working conditions and improving patient care, and we turn it down. Whatever...Another reason I'll be glad to get out of this profession. Other professions look out for themselves! Not nursing.
As a side note, before the election the hospital higher ups came around threatening the staff that if the ratio law passed the hospital could very well have to close it's doors and we'd be out of a job. Now the ratio law failed, and just the next week on, surprise, looks like we are shutting down after all anyway. So at my hospital nurses voted no so they could keep their jobs, but I guess it's like "J/K." Jokes on us!
Like I said; a herd of idiots.