Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary Turner is one of 12 across the U-S named to President Biden’s special task force on COVID equity. Turner says she’s humbled and honored and believes she’ll bring the perspective of a working nurse in a COVID I-C-U ward:
“There are many prestigious other people — very prestigious — who’ll be covering lots of different areas, but I think the aspect that I can contribute is ‘boots on the ground’.”
Turner says she definitely sees a pattern of inequity reflected in the mix of COVID patients coming into the I-C-U where she works. President Biden and Vice President Harris point to COVID’s disproportionate impact on some of the nation’s most vulnerable communities — with inequities evident by race, geography, disability, sexual orientation, and other factors.