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NPs Get Out The Vote

Published January 3, 2008 10:54 AM by Jill Rollet
The 2008 presidential election season officially begins today with the first round of voting for delegates to the parties' national conventions. Iowans are caucusing 2 weeks earlier than in 2004, and press coverage has focused mostly on the race among the states to be first to choose.

A quieter theme has been that few Iowans actually attend the caucuses. I heard a reporter on BBC this morning arguing that no one's going to caucus tonight because the process is too complicated and confusing. (The irony of the British calling our system confusing!)

But Iowa nurse practitioners will be missing out if they stay home to watch football tonight. With this year's emphasis on health care, NPs can be a valuable resource for their neighbors — who get a chance to ask questions and argue about real issues before declaring their loyalties.

In 2004, I interviewed three Iowa NPs who explained the caucus process and the special role of nurse practitioners. If you live in Iowa and still need a reason to caucus tonight, reread that short article.

Then go vote.

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