We Are Nurses, America's Most Trusted Profession. And We Support Biden | Opinion

For almost 20 years, the public has rated nurses as the most trusted profession in the nation. We are a diverse, bipartisan group of clinical, academic, research, policy and organizational nurse leaders who take that trust seriously. We have a moral obligation to speak out about the Trump administration's actions that are undermining the health of individuals, families, communities, the nation and our planet. We urge the American people to carefully consider our concerns as they decide for whom to vote in the November elections. We will be voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, but we are writing this as individuals, not on behalf of a campaign.

Here are a few examples of the Trump administration's actions and policies that are antithetical to a healthy society and to nursing's values and code of ethics:

These are but a few of our concerns about the Trump presidency.

Joe Biden has demonstrated that he embraces evidence-informed policy, access to health care, safeguarding human rights and other positions that align with nursing's values. While we may not all agree with his positions on all issues, we believe that he will restore a sense of humanity in our nation, strive to promote the health and well-being of all people and our planet using the best of science, and do so while once again rebuilding the nation's economic viability, as he did with President Barack Obama after the 2008 recession.

We urge Americans to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The health and well-being of our nation is at stake.

Nurses for Biden
A montage of some of the over 700 nurses who are urging Americans to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Courtesy of Laura Vogel

On behalf of over 700 registered nurses from 49 states and the District of Columbia:

Jane Barnsteiner, Ph.D., R.N. FAAN, is a registered nurse living in Miramar Beach, Florida.

Joanne Disch, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, is a registered nurse living in Miramar Beach, Florida.

Barbara Glickstein, MPH, M.S., R.N., is a public health nurse in New York City.

David Keepnews, Ph.D., J.D., R.N. FAAN, is a registered nurse, attorney and nursing professor in Washington, D.C.

Katheren Koehn, M.A., R.N., FAAN, is the executive director of the Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses, and lives in St Paul, Minnesota.

Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, is a professor in Minneapolis.

Diana J. Mason, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, is a public health nurse, educator and consultant in Denver, New York.

Adriana Perez, Ph.D., ANP-BC, FAAN, is an educator and adult nurse practitioner in Philadelphia.

The views expressed in this article are the authors' own.