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Legislative Corner††

with Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, CMLSO,FAAN

November 2018


Nurses Vote!!!



On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, I hope you plan to vote.† Itís only been since August 1920 (98 short years ago) that women got the right to vote.† I know we have a lot of men in nursing now but since nursing has been a female dominated profession, the right to vote is significant.† Also 1:50 registered voters are nurses.† We canít take that percentage lightly.† We have a lot of political power and need to use it to protect our profession so that safe patient care can be ensured.

†††††††††† Just recently Senator Portman (R-OH) visited the campus at Otterbein University and remarked about the power of nursing and great nursing schools (see picture below).† Legislators realize the importance of a strong link with nursing since we form the foundation of healthcare in the USA.† Are you familiar with your state Senator and Ohio House member?† Do you know who the two US Senators are from Ohio (Portman Ė R, Brown Ė D) or who your Congressman (US House member) currently are?† Do you know anything about the legislative candidates or issues you will be voting for on November 6th?† Your duty as a citizen and as a professional is to know the legislators and the issues you support to make sure you make an intelligent decision about who and what you support.



Kay Ball, Amy Smith, and Dorothy Crider-Fleming with Senator Portman at the Point on Otterbeinís campus.


Know and understand who represents you in Congress and at the Ohio Statehouse.† Itís your duty.