First Advanced Practice Nurse in the NC Legislature Speaks Out


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On This Episode:

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a nurse who’s impacted her state like our guest today has done in North Carolina. Gale Adcock is serving her term in the NC Senate after eight years in the NC House and seven years on her local town council. Those 16 years in office have given her a seat at the table and she’s used it to provide nurses across the state with an advocate to speak on their behalf. Today we’re sharing our conversation with her from the NCANA Meeting, where she was also surprised with two well-deserved honors.   

Along with her experience as an elected official, Gale has been a family nurse practitioner for 36 years and member of the North Carolina Nurses Association for even longer. She got involved in policy in the most grassroots way with the NCNA and developed a passion for advocacy through multiple elected, appointed, and volunteer roles. We talked with her about her journey, what’s she’s learned in these different roles, and what practical advice she’d give to CRNAs when it comes to working with your local officials.   


Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:

Senator Adcock finds out she has been awarded the Legislator of the Year Award by the NCANA and named an honorary member of the NCANA.

Her four-decade background in nursing and how she got into politics.

Why she feels nurses have the makeup and the background to be great leaders and elected officials.

How to properly communicate with your local representative in a way they’ll pay attention and take notice.

The status of the SAVE Act and why it hasn’t passed yet.

How can CRNAs become more comfortable in the advocacy arena.

What can you do to affect other elections that would be helpful to you as a CRNA?


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We’ve done a great job of getting that message out, we’ve done a terrific job of raising our group profile, I think CRNA is above really any group, it has had a longer history of having a presence in the General Assembly than any other APRN group.

Senator Gale Adcock





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