Lessons Learned from a CRNA Campaign for PA State Senate

 

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We learned years ago that failing doesn’t mean you are a loser, it means you are a learner. Today’s guest unsuccessfully ran for office but that experience provided plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. Matt McCullough, CRNA shares those lessons learned during his campaign for the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2022 and why he has no regrets about pursuing change in his state. 

Matt has been a CRNA since 2002 and saw the need in Pennsylvania for someone with his life experience to help drive change, and he felt his nursing background and the skillset it requires would be valuable in office. Although that campaign didn’t finish the way he hoped, it opened his eyes to the real need for nurses in leadership positions and increased his passion for making that happen.

 

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

  • How a conversation around a table at home made him pursue a spot in the PA State Senate.
  • Why he feels nurses are the perfect candidate to serve in politics.
  • What are the steps you have to take to get a campaign started?
  • Why he wishes he would have started sooner to build relationships and meet more people.
  • Understanding the demographics of your district before you run.
  • The advice he’d give CRNAs that are thinking about running.

 

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I only look at not winning the election as an opportunity to learn so much your process from last year. And it’s only a loss, if I don’t take everything that I learned last year and apply it to the future, whether it’s right for a run for myself or another seat that becomes available.

Matt McCullough, CRNA


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