Editor’s Remarks – October 2020
Yes -Your Vote Does Matter!
I hear it all the time from my students, “Does my vote really matter?” The answer is a resounding yes. Your vote does count, and here is why.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) affirms there are over 4 million registered nurses in the United States. According to Nursing Economics, one out of every 45 potential voters is a registered nurse. Those are huge numbers! APRNs are improving the quality of health care in emergency care every day on the frontlines and we do have the power to make a difference.
The ANA is also correct when they state in their 2020 Nurses Vote campaign, “The ANA strongly promotes well informed and politically engaged nurse advocates to support and educate the 2020 presidential candidates on the issues important to nurses and patient.” There are so many more issues we can influence in emergency care too from COVID-19 to compassionate care. What about safe staffing, workplace violence, or workforce development? The list goes on and on.
In addition to the national election, it is important to connect with your state and local officials as well. So, I challenge you now to get involved if you have not already done so. Big or small. It is not too late. Here are some things you can still do:
- Join a voter registration drive
- Work with a virtual phone bank
- Host a virtual fundraiser for a candidate
- Attend a virtual town hall meeting
- Get involved a local virtual campaign event
- Become active at your local polling center
- Prepare to run yourself in the near future!
Finally, write it up. The power is in pen. That is why I am sending you this message!
Be safe, be well, and VOTE!
Dr. K. Sue Hoyt