From Nurse to Member of Congress

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It’s easy to get swept up in the idea of what could come with a nursing degree and a nursing career. Where will it take you? How can you serve and improve your community?

We thought we’d take a look at professionals who decided to follow the call and run for office. It takes a lot of courage to face your patients every day. These brave nurses took that one step further and became national leaders.

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Congresswoman Johnson: The First Nurse Elected to Congress

Johnson is about to begin an impressive 13th term in Congress for the 30th district of Texas (suburban Dallas). What makes her so special? She was the first nurse elected to Congress in 1993, giving her some important senior ranking amongst her colleagues. We’re pretty sure she’s going to have some exciting advice for all of the recent science and healthcare professionals making their way to DC, including…

Lauren Underwood

Recently, Lauren Underwood decided to make a run for public office pulled off a victory, making her one of the many nurses who have used their nursing talents to become another kind of public servant. Underwood is committed to healthcare issues, and based her campaign on protecting patients access to affordable healthcare. She also-defeated a 4-term incumbent. No matter your political leanings, no one can deny Lauren’s hustle.

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Karen Bass

If you live in the L.A. area, Bass’s face should be familiar to you. She represents California’s 37th district, which includes South Los Angeles, Crenshaw, Baldwin Hills, Miracle Mile, Pico-Robertson, Century City, Cheviot Hills, West Los Angeles, and Mar Vista. She started her career in healthcare and nursing, working as a clinical instructor at USC’s Keck School of Medicine.

U.S. Representative Karen Bass

Dianne Black

While she’s no longer in Congress (she gave up her seat to focus on a run for Tennessee governor), Dianne Black served as a member of Congress for four terms. She is a proud former registered nurse, she was once named one of the most influential women in Congress.

Dianne Black, Former U.S. Representative from Tennessee

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