The American Nurses Association officially announced its support of U.S. Senator Mark Pryor Tuesday.
The group is an advocacy organization for the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses, which includes promoting legislation in favor of federal funding of nurse education and training.
Margo Bushmiaer delivered the endorsement on behalf of the political action committee affiliated with the ANA during a Tuesday press conference.
“His authorization of Title VIII programs addressed each aspect of the nursing shortage,” Bushmiaer explained.
A grateful Pryor spoke briefly about the significance of nurses and his record of support for them.
“They really are a very important piece, in some ways kind of the glue that holds our health care system together, so I really admire and appreciate all the work that they do,” said Pryor.
The ANA-PAC identifies itself as a bipartisan committee and did endorse a handful of Republican and independent candidates in other states during the 2009-2010 election cycle. However, the vast majority of their endorsements were for Democratic contenders.
The endorsement comes with one week remaining in this election season. Pryor faces Republican U.S. Representative Tom Cotton, Mark Swaney of the Green Party, and Libertarian Nathan LaFrance.