The Michigan Nurses Association has broken ties with the American Nurses Association, ending an affiliation that began more than a century ago.
The move came after a meeting of the ANAs House of Delegates last week in Washington. Its clear that ANA has no interest in supporting in a meaningful way the staff nurse performing essential bedside care, said Diane Goddeeris, MNA president, in a written statement, citing clashes over how to address nursing shortages and advocate for minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals.
The MNA, with 10,500 members, said it will continue to work on these issues through its current national affiliations with the United American Nurses and the AFL-CIO. The ANA could not be immediately reached for comment. -- by Rebecca Vesely