The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, representing more than 9,000 frontline nurses and healthcare professionals across the commonwealth, endorses sitting Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for governor in 2022.
“Two years into the pandemic, the system that’s supposed to support bedside caregivers, and therefore patients, is in crisis. Our workloads have shot through the roof while our staff numbers have dwindled due to burnout and incredibly short-sighted, bottom-line decisions,” said PASNAP president Maureen May, R.N, a longtime Temple University Hospital nurse. “We are all vulnerable – every Pennsylvanian – which is why we need someone in the governor’s office who prioritizes excellence in patient care and the health and safety of frontline caregivers. You cannot separate those things. They go hand in hand, and Josh understands that.”
In 2016, PASNAP endorsed Shapiro, who was then serving as Montgomery County Commissioner, in his inaugural race for PA Attorney General. PASNAP again endorsed Shapiro when he ran for reelection in 2020. This year, PASNAP is endorsing him statewide for a third time in his bid to become the governor of Pennsylvania in 2022.
In August 2021, Shapiro met with PASNAP leaders. Pictured from left is Peggy Malone, R.N., Crozer-Chester Nurses Association; Suzanne Valentino, R.N., Mercy Fitzgerald Nurses Association; Mary Adamson, R.N., Temple University Hospital Nurses Association; Attorney General Josh Shapiro; PASNAP president Maureen May, R.N.; Carlos Aviles, Temple Allied Professionals; Angie Cleghorn, R.N., Jeanes Nurses United; Carla Le’coin, R.N., Einstein Nurses United; and Debbi Bozeman, R.N., St. Mary United Nurses Union.
The St. Mary United Nurses Union, Crozer-Chester Nurses Association, Mercy Fitzgerald Nurses Association, Temple University Hospital Nurses Association, Temple Allied Professionals, Jeanes Nurses United and Einstein Nurses United are all locals of PASNAP, which represent more than 9,000 nurses and healthcare professionals across the commonwealth.
“He [Shapiro] has listened to our stories from the halls of our hospitals. He has heard our pleas for PPE, our fears for our patients as bedside staffing has plummeted, and our rising alarm as incidents of workplace violence have skyrocketed in healthcare facilities. He has heard and understands our need to work with those at the highest level to improve conditions at the bedside for all patients and all frontline healthcare professionals in Pennsylvania,” said May. “For these reasons, for our professions and for our patients, PASNAP proudly endorses Attorney General Josh Shapiro for governor.”