COLUMBUS – The Ohio Nurses Association announces its first endorsement of the 2022 season with Congressman Tim Ryan. Ohio Nurses Association leaders voted to support Congressman Ryan because of his strong track record of supporting issues important to nurses.
“We are proud to support Congressman Ryan in his bid for Ohio’s open Senate seat. Ryan is a Congressional leader and an ally for Ohio workers as demonstrated by his strong voting record in support of workers’ right and quality jobs, as well as his co-sponsorship of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act.
Congressman Ryan also understands the need to increase access to quality healthcare, especially in rural areas as evidenced by his work to secure funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission to provide critical resources to health care providers throughout Eastern Ohio. He also worked to expand rural mental health care for veterans and expand access to telehealth services for those struggling with substance abuse disorders and continues to be an outspoken advocate for Ohioans impacted by the opioid epidemic.
Ryan’s work to secure investments in research and training to end the Black maternal mortality crisis further demonstrates with support of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act further demonstrates Ryan’s commitment to ending unjust health disparities in our nation,” states Robert Weitzel, RN, Ohio Nurses Association President.
“With (at minimum) one out of four nurses assaulted at work, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Services Worker Act is also of importance to Ohio’s nurses. Ryan serves as a co-sponsor of this important legislation that will hold healthcare and social service employers accountable for workers safety.
Congressman Ryan is a defender of nurses and patients and is the type of the leader that the US Senate needs. Ohioans deserve a representative that will work to increase access to healthcare and fight for safe working environments and the rights of Ohio’s workers,” continues Weitzel.
The Ohio Nurses Association will continue its endorsement process throughout the summer.