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!"

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

NYSNA can now wage multi-faceted campaigns around access to care, safe staffing, preventing hospital closures and service slashes, stopping – and reversing – healthcare corporatization and privatization. We can promote our vision of an egalitarian, single-payer healthcare system and join the ranks of every developed nation in the world!

By Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, NYSNA President

Any nurse will tell you about the bittersweet nature of December. The holidays tend to bring out the best and the worst in people and situations. It’s a time when people shock us with their generosity – or sadden us with the overwhelming depression or tragic events that seem to escalate at this time of year.