Jill Furillo, RN

Jill Furillo, RN, BSN, PHN, is the executive director of the New York State Nurses Association, New York's largest union and professional association of registered nurses.

Furillo became a registered nurse in 1985 and has worked as an Emergency Room nurse, an organizer, the Executive Vice President of the RN Division of 1199, and the national bargaining director of National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union of registered nurses in the U.S., among other roles.

As government relations director of the California Nurses Association, Furillo led the lobbying effort that successfully shepherded the country's first safe nurse-to-patient ratios through the California legislature. Building on this groundbreaking legislation, Furillo worked on behalf of thousands of nurses as a chief negotiator and strategist at NNU to win comprehensive safe staffing standards in collective bargaining agreements in states from Nevada to Florida.

Furillo joined NYSNA as executive director in 2012 in order to work with the newly elected Board of Directors and rank and file activists to help transform NYSNA into a progressive voice and union for registered nurses throughout New York. Under this new leadership, NYSNA launched a campaign to keep hospitals open, winning a moratorium on all hospital closures in the state until such time as an accurate and complete assessment of the health needs of distressed communities is carried out.

 

In theory, it is a democratic opening that should further the interests of New Yorkers.

For readers, the New York Daily News article that ran Sunday, October 1, grasped its critical significance: “[P]ublic hospitals… take on the most under-reimbursed jobs in the city’s health care sys

In the past months, our union has displayed leadership in the protection of patients and their communities on every level.

In the aftermath of the shootings at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center on June 30, the column of the Executive Director, “Ending gun violence” from Dec. 2015/Jan.

The current increase in immigration raids in communities across the country is having a devastating impact on public health – one that could get even worse

As frontline caregivers we always put our patients first — we come to work every day to provide the very best care for our patients and we know that safe staffing saves their lives.

Our licensure, professionalism and advocacy for our patients are built upon the skills of each and every registered nurse.

With the overwhelming ratification of a contract covering 1,500 NYSNA members at Westchester Medical Center (WMC) on January 4, our union continues its winning streak.

Nurses know better than anyone that the American food industry has contributed to an epidemic of obesity and hypertension unprecedented in recent history through unfettered advertising, food additi

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