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Monica Jo Ptacek, Published September 15 2010

Nurse column was misleading

The heading for James Anderson’s column in the Sept. 11 Forum was misleading. If one can assume that nurses who don’t belong to the North Dakota Nurses Association do not support Congressman Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., should we also assume that they don’t support any other ideas the NDNA advocates for?

I think it would be fair to say that a majority of nurses in the state support advocating for healthy work environments free from violence, promoting the autonomy of advanced practice nurses and supporting initiatives providing for mentorship of new nurses, to name a few of the more recent agenda items at the American Nurses Association House of Delegates.

NDNA has a small membership because many nurses simply aren’t aware of the ways NDNA benefits them, and many of the bills lobbied for by NDNA will benefit all nurses whether or not they are members.

As a registered nurse and NDNA member, I whole-heartedly support Pomeroy and the plan for national health care reform. We need to make “the best health care system in the world” work for all people, not just those with the means to afford high-quality care.

Ptacek is an RN, BSN.