At a gubernatorial debate hosted by Iowa PBS' Iowa Press on October 17, 2022, Governor Kim Reynolds made a comment about nurses and their educational backgrounds.
While debating the student loan repayment/forgiveness announcement shared by the Biden administration, Governor Reynolds said, "If you are that truck driver or machinist or a nurse, a person that decided not to seek a college education, why should you be responsible in paying someone else's off, especially when they often make more than you do?"
As the representative for nurses in Iowa, INA knows Iowa nurses work hard to obtain an education, complete clinical hours, pass the NCLEX to earn a nursing license, and then maintain their license and continue their education for the duration of their careers.
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Join us in educating the Governor, so we can help her understand that nurses are actually highly educated, trained and licensed members of the health care community!
Register an Opinion
Register an Opinion at Governor Reynolds' office, or call her staff at 515-281-5211, Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm. Don't hesitate to leave a message if you get a voicemail.
It can also be effective to send your comments in writing. To do so, send a letter to the following address:
Office of the Governor
Iowa State Capitol 1007 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319
Together, we can change the incorrect perspective and opinion. We can remind the public once again that nursing remains the most trusted profession.
Watch the full debate
*Governor Reynolds' comment about nurses not being college educated is at the 40:08 minute mark.