Mary C. Turner, RN, was elected Minnesota Nurses Association President in 2015.
Turner is an ICU nurse at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. She previously worked at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis for 10 years.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Turner worked in the COVID ICU at North Memorial. In 2021, she was selected by President Biden to serve as the only frontline healthcare worker on his COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.
Turner has been on National Nurses United’s Joint Nursing Commission since 2011.
Turner has served in a variety of leadership roles at MNA, starting as a steward and serving on North Memorial’s contract bargaining team.
She has also served on MNA’s Board of Directors and as chairperson of MNA’s Governmental Affairs Commission. Turner has been a consistent advocate at the Minnesota State Capitol for issues affecting nurses and other frontline workers.
She serves on the board of Isuroon, which provides empowerment, culturally sensitive health education, and advocacy for Somali women.
She has received two of MNA’s highest awards: the President’s Award and the Political Activist Award.