The Ohio Nurses Association in March 16th correspondence sent to all ONA members discusses the National Federation of Nurses, which will be another RN national nursing union.
This is a convention year at ONA, the convention is this fall and I am planning to run for office as delegate from my district nurses association (Southwestern Ohio Nurses Association) to the ONA convention. I am running for one elected office, as a Center for American Nurses delegate from the Ohio Nurses Association.
Being in Independence, Ohio for three days will also provide me with time to touch base and meet with my clients in the Cleveland, Youngstown, and Akron areas.
This convention is going to be off the chain, off the rack, and off the hook. If you don't know what all this slang means, email me off the blog.
I am sure that I will have to "drink coffee and take No-doz" (I am just kidding) to keep up with all the action this year. I will be blogging and tweeting from Convention this year (not that you are interested anyway).
I have not seen the founding documents for the new National Federation of Nurses but I was told by someone that there will be very little turnover with officers the way the docs are written for 5-10 years.
What is it about nursing unions and positions of power within the nursing unions? Why don't union leaders like to turn over the helm and the strings of power to others? You can't be that narcissistic to believe that only you as the "chosen one" can run, manage, and lead the masses, can you? You are not Neo, from the Matrix.
Nursing is traditionally an oppressed profession therefore alot of the behavior you see in nursing professional associations and nursing unions while unfortunate is predictable if you look at the behaviors of oppressed groups. For example see: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FSL/is_6_78/ai_111895683
This is an issue with nursing unions. Individuals in elected positions of power keep the same individuals in these positions of power (whether as paid staff or volunteers or a mixture of both) year after year after year whether its through the union constitution, bylaws, bylaws changes, etc. Continuity of management or leadership is one thing, but appointing yourself or a select few as royalty in what is functionally a democratic oligarchy while singing "this is a democracy" and screaming "give me liberty, give me yet another national RN union, or give me organizational death" is another. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oligarchy
Its like stale air in a vehicle full of ornery grade school boys (I have nephews in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades); at some point you have to open a window to allow fresh air to circulate.