Images like this are what re-enforced my decision to be a nurse long after Cherry Ames had lit the fire.
This is what I wanted to be.
The photo was taken in 1955, in Detroit, by a Mr. John Dominis for Life Magazine and is from a photo essay of the Polish community in that city.
If it’s an iconic photo, this man probably photographed it.
Well, I’ve lost 15 pounds in 11 weeks and managed to do it over the holidays
Yep! Over the holidays!
And it’s all due to Richard Simmon’s Food Mover Program.
You move the little covers over the food exchanges as you eat and you move your butt and off the weight comes. No magic. Less in, more out, less of me.
But he really makes it fun!
God Bless him and his sequined shorts!
The nursing profession is fragmented.
The are a million nursing organizations that all claim to speak for the American nurse.
But do they really?
Let me give you the images that come to mind when I think of three specific organizations.
Only one of them is worth my time and effort.
Keep in mind that my ignorance will be wide open for all to see – this is just my gut response.
I will opine on the California Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association and the Emergency Nurses Association in that order.
No mysteries here. ENA gives the most bang for the buck. We’ll look at why that is, and why the others do not.
Let’s start with the California Nurses Association. Or more specifically, the CNA/NNOC.
Somewhere along the line my state nursing professional organization turned into a national nurses organizing committee engaging in an ongoing, pardon my expression, pissing-match with the SEIU.
Every year I give over one-thousand dollars to the CNA/NNOC. I have no choice.
- High salaries and good benefits
- Legislation that has improved working conditions, nurse-patient ratios for example. Not that we have any semblance of that in my ER. Sorry, administrators-of-my-hospital, but we don’t. Glad to give you examples if you want ’em.
- They are partnered with the Physicians for a National Health Plan, a single-payor plan I actually can get behind.
- Backup to fight for ourselves and our patients. I don’t know why contract negotiations have to be so adversarial, but hospitals negotiate to the bottom line only. (Nice try, Sutter!) IMO, they put more into glossy ads than they do into nursing! You want stats to back that up? Ooops, just my opinion. Sorry.
- They support legislation I do not agree with. One example: they opposed parental notification of pregnancy/abortion for girls under 14. I opened my voter’s guide to see Rose Ann DeMoro’s name at the bottom of the opposition argument. Excuse me?
- They fought like hell to stop the proposition that would have required unions to get members’ permission before spending their money on political measures. When I called to try and get my dues lowered so angry was I that I had to pay for this, I was told that my particular dues would be added to the “general fund” and used for salaries and overhead and not political purposes. This was good. Except I have no proof that this is what is happening.
- They gave money to political candidates that I did not, and would not have, supported, including commercials I did not appreciate. I helped pay for those.
- There is no way I can cease to be a member because membership is mandated at my place of employment.
- There is no way I can be an “employment only” member, paying only for the cost of what it takes to represent me. I have to be a full member, paying full dues.
So, essentially, CNA/NNOC has me by the proverbial cohones by fighting for decent work environments, while giving me no voice or any chance to oppose their political activities.
- For months, my daily mail delivery was an ongoing “battle of the junk mail” from CNA and SEIU bashing each other. How much did they pay for those glossy, fancy brochures?
- I am really tired of seeing angry nurses on my CNA literature, or hearing about them breaking laws and police barriers to get a message to the governor (for example).
This is NOT the 1960s, folks. And we are professionals. We do not break laws.
You want to protest? Berkeley always has something going down.
A picket line? Fine. We need backup to fight for our patients.
A protest? Get Bob Dylan to write you an anthem.
Oh wait, he already did:
“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
And I don’t like the direction it’s blowing.
Too bad I have no power within my “professional organization” to “protest” when I disagree with them.