NEW YORK NURSE: December 2008
by Nancy Webber
Like most member organizations, NYSNA has a special area of its website reserved for “Members Only.” It contains resources and information available only to those who pay dues to belong to the organization.
It is a unique member benefit, yet many NYSNA members don’t take advantage of it. As of November 2008, only 10% of the membership had registered for “Members Only.” If you haven’t registered, maybe it’s because you don’t know what you’re missing. So here’s a quick trip through M.O. – plan to take your own tour sometime soon!
Because M.O. is reserved for members, you have to register the first time you enter. It doesn’t cost anything, but you do need to have your NYSNA member number.
Don’t know your member number? There are several ways to get it. The easiest way is to look at the mailing address on your copy of New York Nurse (right below this article). Your member number appears above your name. Of course, your number also appears on your NYSNA membership card or you can get it from one of our membership service representatives by calling 800-724-6976, ext. 285.
OK, so now you’re ready to get into M.O. At the top of the public home page at www.nysna.org, click on the word “REGISTER.” You’ll be prompted through a simple, five-step process.
If you belong to a NYSNA local bargaining unit, the M.O. home page will automatically include information relevant to your facility. As you scroll down the home page, you’ll see items of interest to all members, such as nomination forms, association bylaws, upcoming meetings and workshops, and news items related to health care and nursing.
From the home page, you can navigate to several areas:
Review and update your contact information in the NYSNA database, including address, phone, e-mail, and the Practice Focus Group you have chosen.
Documents & Forms
If you are a bargaining unit member, you should find copies of your current contract and the most recent facility newsletter.
Other documents available to all members include practice guidelines and a manual about nurses’ rights in unsafe patient care situations.
Review NYSNA continuing education sessions you have taken and print certificates of attendance.
Link to current and past issues of New York Nurse and Journal as well as your facility newsletter.
Legislative Action Center
Get detailed information on pending legislation and send e-mails directly to your state legislators.
View the ever-growing list of NYSNA member benefits. Want a professinoal business card? Here’s where you can order one!
Once you’ve registered for M.O., you can log on from any computer with your user name and password. Content is being updated continually, so check the area at least once a month to make sure you’re taking advantage of this unique benefit of membership.