As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, nurses endorse Democratic state House candidate Julia Pulver
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. — As nurses across Michigan confront the continued spread of COVID-19, the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) has formally endorsed longtime registered nurse Julia Pulver 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.
The state’s largest labor organization and professional association for registered nurses (RNs) officially endorsed Pulver over Rep. Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Township) in the race for Michigan’s 39th House District, which includes Wixom, Commerce Township and West Bloomfield Township in Oakland County.
“Julia Pulver is head and shoulders above Rep. Ryan Berman when it comes to setting aside politics and listening to medical and public health experts to seriously address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kathy Lehman, RN, who works at DMC Huron Valley Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township and is a member of the Michigan Nurses Association Board of Directors. “Julia Pulver has been a leader in the health care field as a registered nurse, advocating for better patient care and safety. Rep. Berman has been known not to wear a mask in public and continues to fight the governor every step of the way as she attempts to protect public health and save lives.”
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, Julia Pulver will be a strong voice for what nurses need to safely take care of people in Michigan.
“There is no law that limits the number of patients a nurse can be assigned, and there is no law that limits the number of hours a nurse can be forced to work – that’s wrong, and Julia will fight to fix that,” Lehman said. “Nurses are on the front lines battling COVID-19 each and every day. Supporting nurses helps us do better at taking care of all our patients and protecting public health. We strongly endorse Julia Pulver for the state House because she is the best choice to keep Oakland County families safe and will put public health over partisan politics.”
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.