Nurses get political


The state of California is in the midst of a busy election season, and the California Nurses Association is in the thick of the action. After this week’s primary elections, a number of demonstrators, including “Queen Meg,” a creation of the California Nurses Association, protested outside of Republican victory parties.
“Queen Meg” is a live caricature of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. According to Bill Gallagher, a spokesman for the California Nurses Association, Queen Meg “is a tongue-in-cheek approach to get out a serious message. (Whitman) is talking about very serious cuts to education and nurse staffing and spending a fortune, like $81 million to get elected. We think people should know the kind of money that is going into this.”

Haven’t heard of Queen Meg? Take a look at this video, produced by the California Nurses Association.


What do you think? How involved should nurses be politically? Does Queen Meg cross the line?

Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN
Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.

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