On New Year’s Day, NYSNA leaders attended the inaugurations of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Tish James, and Comptroller Scott Stringer, all of whom we endorsed because of their commitment to strengthening and expanding our public hospital system and protecting vital community hospitals. NYSNA played a pivotal role in electing these progressive patient advocates and we look forward to working together to build a better New York for our patients, and to holding these newly elected leaders accountable. Read more >>
RNs at Bellevue Woman's Center voted overwhelmingly to join our union!
"I am so proud to become a NYSNA member," said Chris McCann, a nursery RN, when she announced the results at a victory party.
“This election is a great victory for nurses, our patients, and our entire community,” said Christine Walthers, Bellevue RN and a leader of the organizing drive. “We decided to join NYSNA after management started to make changes to how we care for our patients – without consulting us. Nurses and our patients need a voice in healthcare. NYSNA is that voice.” Read more >>
On November 13th, a judge ordered that the hospital must stay open while further mediation occurs between owners that want to close the facility and the advocates of keeping Interfaith Medical Center open for care. NYSNA rallied at the courthouse while proceedings were occurring, and members were heartened by the news.
NYSNA members have noted that the facility is alone in serving the community, and that its closure would leave residents without medical care. Ari Moma, a NYSNA leader and RN in Psychiatric Services at Interfaith, noted that "today's decision to move forward with mediation was a positive step toward finding a solution that maintains healthcare access in Central Brooklyn. We are looking forward to contributing to the conversation with the goal of ensuring that any plan for the future of Interfaith takes the needs of the community into account.”
Moma went on to note that mental health services are of particular concern: “The Affordable Care Act mandates insurers to treat mental health care on par with physical health so the demand for psychiatric care will soon expand - at the same time we've seen cuts in mental health services, with fewer in-patient psychiatric beds in Brooklyn. Interfaith is the largest private provider of psychiatric services in the borough and essential to the care of thousands of mental health patients." Read more >>
The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan (called Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) has reached 10,000. Communication has been limited and family members are struggling to find each other in aftermath of the storm.
Many survivors lack access to food, shelter, clean water, or the medical care they desperately need.
Nurses are stepping up to do what we do best: care for those in need. NYSNA nurses took immediate action and began collecting donations for relief, circulating flyers in our facilities and sharing information online.
There are many ways to further help in relief efforts. Read more >>