Most nurses, and 99% of general population are not aware of the fact that the American Nurses Association (ANA) no longer represents the interests of the American bedside nurses. In fact, the ANA sold-out the staff Nurses and is responsible for successfully infiltrating and breaking up the RN movement for Nurse-to-Patient Ratios.
As you can see from the video below, we could have had the National Nurse-to-Patient Ratios Legislation passed 21 years ago back in 1995 when 35 Thousand Nurses marched in Washington, DC demanding the safe staffing ratios legislation. You can even see the ANA nurses supporting that rally.
To the contrast, if I am not mistaken, in 2016 the Washington rally was attended by around 300 Nurses (See the photo below. This photo was taken on May 12, 2016 by David Miller for “Show Me Your Sthetoscope” movement). This fact shows the extent of the damage inflicted by the ANA leadership to nursing movement for Staffing Ratios.
To destroy the movement for Nurse-to-Patient Ratios, and to ensure that no Staffing Ratios law is ever passed in the US, the hospitals and the nurse executives have formed an anti-nursing alliance with the American Nurses Association. The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Organization for Nurse Executives (AONE) have found the way to “convince” the ANA leadership to advance the interests of Hospital Industry.
Since then, instead of representing the interests of the American Nurses and advocating for what is right for our patients, the ANA is advocating for what is profitable for the American hospital industry. Instead of fighting for Safe Staffing Ratios for us and our patients, the ANA is successfully fighting against bedside nurses for “Safe Staffing Plans” proposals written by the hospital industry and nurse executives. On top of that, the ANA is literally selling us out through its Corporate Advisory Board membership scheme where for example, for $25,000/yr, the healthcare labor management company Avantas bought the ANA’s full support and priority status for it’s proposals and ideas regarding RN staffing and labor management within hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Click here to see who is on the ANA’s Corporate Advisory Board, and click here to see what corporations can buy from ANA.
The most disgusting part is that while fighting against our interests the ANA misrepresents itself as “the voice of the nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses”. It creates an illusion that the hospitals, nurse executives, and 3.6 million of Registered Nurses are on the same page asking for “Safe Staffing Plans” legislation as opposed to “Safe Staffing Ratios” legislation. As a result, the “Staffing Plans” laws were passed in 14 States (CT, IL, ME, MN, NV, NY, NJ, NC, OH, OR, RI, TX, VT, and WA) plus the District of Columbia. These laws look good on a paper, but in reality are harmful to nurses and deadly to our patients. While the hospital profits soar to all time high, the patient safety is at all time low. Comparing to 1999, the patient mortality from hospital errors is up by 250%, and nowadays, dying from hospital errors is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States.
Back in 1995, the California Nurses have recognized the fact that the bedside nurses were sold-out by the ANA. In response, the California RNs have publicly severed all ties with the ANA, the ANA lost it’s influence in California, and as a result, the California RNs won their struggle for Nurse-to-Patient Ratios Law. Today, California is the only State that mandates the minimum Nurse-to-Patient Ratios, and is the only State where the staff nurses have decent working conditions and stellar patient-safety record.
To succeed, we have no choice but to do the same in every State.