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Why do nurses seem apathetic?

I wish to reply to the Jeanette Golder's Letter "Apathy kills democracy", published in the April issue, p3. I take umbrage at her suggestion it is a disregard for our forefathers' sacrifice and lack of awareness that has caused the avalanche of apathy from nurses, both within district health boards and the community.

Those of us who remain at the coalface are hanging on for grim death, scared for our jobs and worried like everyone else that ultimately we won't be able to pay for our kids' lunches and maybe the school fees that National and ACT are suggesting they might introduce.

Where are those enlightened souls who put themselves up for election? Do they front at worksites? Not that I see. There is a deafening silence out there. Do we vote for people with Limited knowledge of their personal beliefs? After all, there are some very strange people out there, who have their own agendas. The workplace is a microcosm of the world of politics. Individuals who are clawing up the proverbial ladder will use any means they can to get there.

My suggestion to those standing for elected office in NZNO is to get yourselves out there so people can get to know you. Maybe then we can trust enough to vote.

Sue Anstey, RN, BN, Marton

Co-editors note: An article written by NZNO industrial adviser Glenda Alexander ("It's your choice"), published on p25 of this issue, answers many of the questions Sue Anstey raises.

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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Anstey, Sue
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:May 1, 2010
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