1-As a nurse , Erin Murphey is a great legislator becuase she can advocate for health care system reform bills and help to make a change at the corporate level. Murphey is a registrered nurse with 20 years of experience in the acute care settingAs governor, Murphy said she would sign a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, but she comes at the issue from a criminal justice perspective. She would want any proposal that legalizes recreational marijuana to also include a way to expunge low-level cannabis possession crimes from people’s records.”There is a disproportionate number of people of color, specifically men of color, who are incarcerated for this crime,” she said.She said she also believes it will be easier to keep marijuana out of the hands of young people if it were “regulated and legal.””Minnesotans are ahead of policymakers on this question,” she said. “They are ready to make this move and if the Legislature puts it on my desk, I will sign it into law.” This can be also seen from a healthcare perspective because many pharmaceautical companies are using marijuana in for many different conditions in patients. It is exciting to have a nurse in politics. This is someone just like us who is able to make an impact from the source. Hopefully she does well in implementing her promises.
Miller, K. (2018). DFL governor candidate Erin Murphy shares her views. Retrieved from https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/07/24/dfl-candidate-erin-murphy-shares-views
2-Lauren Underwood is the newest elected, and youngest registered nurse serving in the U.S. House of Representatives since January 3, 2019. She is representing Illinois 14thcongressional district. In her short time serving, she has been loud and clear about her support regarding affordable health care to all Americans. Just last week she introduced legislation that would improve affordability by reducing premium costs for consumers who purchase plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace and in February, she introduced legislation that would help protect Americans with pre-existing conditions by overturning an Administration rule that expands limited duration insurance, commonly known as “junk plans.” She also supports the prevention of gun violence by serving as a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce. Prior to her election into congress she was working to improve healthcare by serving as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she helped communities prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies.
Representative Lauren Underwood. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://underwood.house.gov/
3-The congresswomen, Eddie Bernice Johnson, was a Chief Psychiatric Nurse in a hospital (VA Hospital) in Dallas before she became congresswomen (C-Span, 2019). She has recently introduced the National Nurse Act of 2019 in Congress. Eddie Bernice Johnson is the first registered nurse elected to Congress and can be counted between the most well-known nurses in history because of her outstanding accomplishments in that capacity. As an African-American woman, she has encountered many obstacles in both her nursing and political careers. Ms. Johnson is an excellent example of the value of education.
C-Span. (2019, January 9). Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Urges House to Support the Allred Health Care Resolution. Retrieved from C-Span: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4771977/congresswoman-eddie-bernice-johnson-urges-house-support-allred-health-care-resolution