Ohio Nurses Mourn the Passing of Nursing’s Legislator of the Year Representative Don Manning
COLUMBUS – The Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Representative Don Manning, ONA’s Legislator of the Year and sponsor of House Bill 144.
“Yesterday, Ohio nurses lost a true ally for our profession. Representative Manning championed House Bill 144 to end nursing mandatory overtime in Ohio. His respect and admiration for nurses came easily; his fiancé a nurse and his daughter in nursing school, he was a natural advocate for this legislation. His powerful testimonies helped to pass the bill out of the house last year and into senate committee earlier this month. He enthusiastically advocated for nurses because he believed in the pillars of our profession and wanted to help us solve the problems, like unsafe staffing, that plague our daily lives. He wanted to do his part in making our profession better – for his fiancé, for his daughter and for the over 200,000 nurses in Ohio. Representative Manning often said superheroes don’t wear capes, they wear scrubs and badges. In October last year, we were proud to honor him with the Ohio Nurses Association Legislator of the Year Award,” stated Deborah Arms, PhD, RN, ONA president.
“Beyond his advocacy, Representative Manning was a great man whom we were proud to call a friend. Representative Manning has left an indelible mark on our association. Our hearts are heavy and are with his family during this difficult time,” continued Arms.
About ONA: Formed in 1904, the Ohio Nurses Association is a powerful network of registered nurses who are committed to advancing nursing through education, political action and workplace advocacy. ONA is the leading voice of the approximately 190,000 professional registered nurses in Ohio. To become a member of the Ohio Nurses Association, visit www.ohnurses.org.