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 successfully shepherded the country's first law setting safe nurse-to-patient ratios through the California legislature. Building on this groundbreaking legislation, Furillo worked on behalf of thousands of nurses as 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 help transform NYSNA into a progressive voice and union for registered nurses throughout New York. Under her 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.

As nurses, we know that a true commitment to the public’s health is founded upon equality, with a vision that sees root causes and takes action that is bold and effective.

It was a big win for public health, and for NYSNA, when, after two years of study, New York State put a hold on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas – known as “fracking”.

The contract win for HHC/Mayoral members is one of the most significant I have known in my 30-year career with healthcare unions.

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