Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN

Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, is the President of New York State Nurses Union, New York's largest union and professional association of registered nurses.

Judy is a full-time staff nurse in the Emergency Room at the Bronx's Montefiore Moses Medical Center. Sheridan-Gonzalez has vast experience working as an RN in numerous specialities, including  Med-Surg, ICU, ER, and Pediatrics — at multiple facilities, including Metropolitan Hospital Center, Lincoln Medical Center, Jacobi Medical Center, North Central Bronx Hospital, Hospital for Joint Diseases, North General Hospital, and Polyclinic.

"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!"

By now, no one has any doubts that we’re not the organization we once were. Many members used to see the union as something apart: a third party.

“I became a nurse because I wanted to help people.” This is the most common reply to the question, “Why did you choose nursing?” So many of us are frustrated because we find that helping people is

One of the most famous quotes in US history is John F. Kennedy’s appeal to the American people when he said: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

On July 4th we celebrate the 248th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

If someone broke into our homes and took our valuables, we would be outraged. Why are we not as upset about the theft of our history?

When I make rounds, I’m often taken aback by the skill and dedication nurses possess as they confront obstacles to care delivery. There are two threads that always stand out, however.

What you don’t know could actually hurt you. The truth is that powerful corporations and the supremely rich push for laws to further their wealth and power. If we wish to make positive changes, we need to know what’s really going on.

By Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, NYSNA President