Thinking about running for office?

Run for office

Nurses make outstanding lawmakers, and right now we don’t have enough of them. Trained in critical thinking, nurses have many of the neces­sary skills to quickly process infor­ma­tion to make decisions.

Of course, nurses also keep health at the forefront of policy decisions.

If you are thinking about running for office, from school board to state legis­la­ture, taking these steps in advance will help you succeed.

Contact WSNA’s Public Affairs team #

WSNA’s Public Affairs team is well versed in surveying the elections landscape. The team can also connect you to WSNA partner organi­za­tions — locally, statewide and nation­ally. If you are seriously consid­ering running for office, your Public Affairs team can work with you to evaluate your candi­dacy and create next steps.

Attend campaign trainings #

If you are consid­ering running for office, campaign and candi­date train­ings can set you up for success. WSNA recom­mends attending campaign and candi­date train­ings well in advance of filing to run. These train­ings will help you evaluate your readi­ness to run. Each training will also walk you through the steps to set up a successful campaign — from fundraising, to grass­roots, to media. Here are some of the campaign train­ings WSNA recommends:

Get involved locally #

Spend time getting to know your local organi­za­tions and join your local party organi­za­tion (this is especially impor­tant in state legisla­tive races). Get involved with your local Democ­ratic or Repub­lican Party. Learn about the players and let them get to know you. This is also a great way to learn more about what issues matter most to the people you hope to serve!

Start early #

This one deserves emphasis! If you are planning to run for office, starting these steps a year in advance of when you run will better prepare you for the road ahead. It will also give you time to build key relation­ships, identify friends and family who will give you grass­roots power, and ensure you have the tools to be successful.