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Thinking about running for office?

Nurses make outstanding lawmakers, and right now there aren’t enough of us in office. Because we are trained in critical thinking, nurses possess many of the necessary skills to quickly process information to make decisions. Of course, nurses also keep health at the forefront of policy decisions.

This story was published in the Spring-Summer 2022 issue of The Washington Nurse magazine.

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Nurses make outstanding lawmakers, and right now there aren’t enough of us in office. Because we are trained in critical thinking, nurses possess 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 government affairs team

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

Attend campaign trainings

Campaign and candidate trainings can set you up for success. WSNA recommends attending campaign and candidate trainings well before you file to run. These trainings will help you evaluate your readiness and 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 a year in advance 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.W

For more information, contact WSNA’s government affairs team by sending email to kweiss@wsna.org.