Quote from mjlrn97
And Nurses For Bush is non-partisan??
The issue (for me at least) isn't that Nurses for Bush is partisan, its the fact that there needs to be a counterbalance to the ANA, which is CLEARLY partisan. For years, the ANA has claimed to speak for all nurses, when the truth is that less than 10% of nurses even belong to the organization. Even accounting for apathy and what one of my instructors used to call "appliance nursing," 10% is an incredibly low number. Personally, I think nurses as a whole have simply become fed up with the ANA. And don't think for one minute that politicians on both sides don't know this, and know therefore that they can afford to ignore the ANA.
So, why is the membership of the ANA so low? My belief is that the ANA as an organization, like so many other nursing organizations, has been taken over by the academic nurses. Nurses who have been in academia so long, the only place they see "the bedside" now is in their journals. They believe they know what is best for nursing, even though most of them haven't really been nurses for 10 years or more. They don't want to know what the nurses in the trenches think, they want to TELL the nurses in the trenches what to think. Well, thank you but I can think clearly enough for myself.
Their endorsement of Kerry is just another example of the hubris. Regardless of what Scott or the ANA thinks, this is more than a one issue election. And some of the issues we face in this election are, frankly, far more important than the problems of nursing. You know, problems like facing down those who would kill as many of us as possible, nurse and non-nurse alike.
And as for Kerry's shining endorsement of nursing and what he will do for nurses, well, let's just wait. I have no doubt that he will flip-flop, if elected. That seems to be his single greatest talent. After all, the American Hospital Association is much stronger than the ANA. He'll get the endorsement of the ANA, get the vote of nurses, then drop the support of nurses like a hot rock.
Look around. Nurses in ever greater numbers are turning their backs on the ANA. Shoot, a whole stateful of nurses got fed up with them, and left (California). This is just another example. Sooner or later, the ANA will have to recognize that nurses want to be represented, not ruled. If they continue to fail, pretty soon the ANA will have to either fold or change its name to the Academic Nurses (Who Aren't Really Nurses) Association. Again, not that I have any strong feelings about it.