LDC Network members are registered professional nurses who volunteer as contacts for state legislators. They educate lawmakers about nurses, what they do, and their concerns. LDCs are the eyes and ears of NYSNA in each district, coordinating and mobilizing political activities and serving as liaisons.
LDCs contact legislators through phone calls, letters, and office visits. They familiarize themselves with legislators’ positions on issues, and identify themselves as a healthcare resource. LDCs put a personal face on issues important to RNs and their patients.
LDCs strengthen their nursing communities and open the political process to RNs who may not have considered the impact legislation has on their daily lives. By increasing nurses' visibility and familiarity with lawmakers, LDCs ensure that nurses' voices are heard on important policy decisions.
Q.: Do I need political experience/what are the qualifications to become an LDC?
A.: Absolutely not. While political experience is helpful, LDCs receive training and support from NYSNA staff on contacting legislators, scheduling meetings, and specifics on nursing issues.
- NYSNA member
- Political experience (preferred, not required)
- Endorsement by the district nurses association (preferred)
- Registered voter
- Residency in legislative district (preferred)
Q.: Can I get involved in the political process without becoming an LDC?
A.: Political activism is as simple as making a phone call to determine a legislator's position on an issue, writing a letter to your state Senator/Assemblyperson voicing your position on pending legislation, or volunteering for a legislator’s campaign. Attend NYSNA’s Annual Lobby Day in Albany and get involved. Don’t forget: the most important contribution you make to the political process is voting on Election Day!
Q.: Who are the elected officials for my area?
A.: Who represents you in Albany and Washington? Visit congress.org and get connected to your elected officials.
Q.: How do I become involved with the LDC Network?
A.: To join NYSNA's LDC network, download and complete the application and return it to:
For more information, contact Political and Community Organizing at 518.782.9400, ext. 283 or by e-mail.
Political and Community Organizing
11 Cornell Rd.
Latham, NY 12110