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Election 2020: Take a deep breath, everyone

Nov. 3, 2020
Member of the Spartan Nurse community,
 
No doubt, some of you are likely experiencing anxiety as the election results continue to trickle in across the country. No matter who wins the presidency — or House, Senate and local office, for that matter — the university and college will continue to work with those in power to advance legislation that will benefit patients, as well as nurses and our other health care colleagues.
 
While we might not always agree completely with a certain candidate’s position on particular health issues, it is important to remember the ability to compromise and to engage in civil discussion. The same goes for our faculty, staff and students: We must strive for civility and remember that even though we might have our differences with one another, we are all nurses. At the end of the day, what matters most is working together to improve patient outcomes and to foster an environment where our colleagues can thrive.
 
In the coming days, weeks and months, I encourage you to keep all this in mind. Try not to get too lost in the never-ending news cycle and strive to exhibit kindness toward your fellow human, no matter how much you might disagree with them. It can be easy for passion to overwhelm the senses and to obstruct the ability to put one’s self in another’s shoes, but we must remain united as Spartan Nurses, and human beings.
 
Sincerely,
Randolph F.R. Rasch
Dean and Professor
MSU College of Nursing