Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN

Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, MSN, FNP is the President of the 40,000 member New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), New York's largest nurses’ union. She's worked for more than 30 years as an Emergency Room RN in Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, as well as in a variety of other specialties in assorted health care environments. She is part of an active group of nurses engaged in transforming the organization into a social justice union, pledged to participate in uniting labor and community, in order to construct a movement dedicated to combat inequality and committed to social change.

"Only an activated, knowledgeable, and involved membership can make change happen. This is where YOU come in. Leaders are important, true, but it's the members who move mountains. Let's get going!"

No, it’s not easy being a nurse in today’s medical environment. Many of us feel that the little autonomy we once had has been eviscerated with modules, protocols and checklists.

We are aware that there are certain subjects or conversations that are so uncomfortable to entertain that we avoid them completely—even when the tensions are high and the issue at hand is hanging o

The NYSNA/1199 strike at Fresenius Dialysis Centers illustrates the global nature of what we are coming to know as International Corporate Health Care.

While nurses across the state celebrated Nurses Week this year with food, conversation and social interaction in many of our facilities, there was a bittersweet sensation permeating the atmosphere.

On January 12, 1912, at several textile mills in Lowell, Massachusetts, one of the most important events in the history of the Labor Movement in the United States took place.

Nurses and health professionals are witnesses to the dramatic changes in healthcare over the past several decades.

“The complexity of managing a widely diverse range of patients cannot be solved by imposing staffing ratios — greater flexibility is needed.”

At the end of each year, people often try to count our blessings and offer thanks for the good things that have happened and to hope that the future will bring us closer to our goals. But for some reason, nurses tend to have this nagging feeling that somehow we didn’t do enough:

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