As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, nurses endorse Democratic state House candidate Barb Anness
ROCHESTER, Mich. — As nurses across Michigan confront the continued spread of COVID-19, the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) has formally endorsed Barb Anness because of her focus on patient care and public health and because she will heed the advice of scientists and medical experts when making policy decisions.
That’s why the state’s largest labor organization and professional association for registered nurses (RNs) officially endorsed Anness over Republican Mark Tisdel in the race for Michigan’s 45th House District, which includes Rochester, Rochester Hills and part of Oakland Township in Oakland County.
“Barb Anness knows nurses are dedicated frontline workers doing our best job to take care of patients sick from COVID-19,” said Jamie Brown, RN, a critical care nurse who is president of the Michigan Nurses Association. “Like the governor, Barb Anness knows to follow the guidance of the medical community in order to re-open our economy safely.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer continues to garner broad public support for her decisive action on COVID-19 and has been a leading voice on the direct link between public health and Michigan’s economy.
With the Affordable Care Act in limbo before the U.S. Supreme Court, states and state legislators will play an even more important role ensuring people with pre-existing conditions and others have the coverage they need.
In the Legislature, Barb Anness will be a strong advocate for nurses and patients.
“Improving patient care and safety requires changing the law to limit the number of hours nurses work and the number of patients we’re assigned to care for, and Barb Anness will work for that change,” Brown said. “Barb Anness will fight for us and make wise public policy decisions because she understands the issues facing Michigan nurses. We are proud to endorse her for the state House.”
The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) is the largest, most effective union for RNs across the state. As the voice for all registered nurses in Michigan, MNA advocates for nurses and their patients at the Capitol, in the community, and at the bargaining table.