NEW YORK NURSE: January/February 2012
by Erin Silk
It’s a familiar scene each Spring: hundreds of nurses and students gather in a sea of NYSNA red for Lobby Day at the Capitol in Albany.
This year’s day of advocacy will take place on April 17 at the Empire State Plaza where members and students will have the opportunity to speak with one voice about the issues New York’s nurses face today.
NYSNA is known for its members turning out in full force to lobby the capitol. In recent years, attendance has reached more than 2,000 participants and NYSNA is gearing up for an even bigger crowd this year.
“New York’s nurses are a force to be reckoned with and over the years, they have gained increased credibility and visibility with our state government,” said NYSNA Governmental Affairs Director, Shaun Flynn. “Nurses know that if you are not at the table, you cannot have a voice in the debate.”
Lobby Day 2012 will focus on educating lawmakers on our top, four legislative priorities: safe staffing ratios, safe patient handling programs, educational advancement for nurses and supporting a single payer health plan for New York. In the past Lobby Days have been the vehicle to help move important legislation forward, including NYSNA’s hard-won Violence Against Nurses Law, which passed in 2010.
The registration deadline for Lobby Day is April 13. You can register online, via fax, or by mailing the completed registration form to NYSNA.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to make your voice heard in Albany. We look forward to advocating with you!
Can’t attend Lobby Day in April?
This two-day workshop begins Monday, March 19 and is for NYSNA members only. Attend educational sessions and a networking dinner at The Hotel Albany where you will learn key factors for influencing legislative action and effective tools for meeting with legislators.
The events continue at the Empire State Plaza on Tuesday, March 20 with a brief lobbying event. You’ll put your training to work when you speak with your legislator about nursing’s agenda.
Go to nysna.org to register by March 5.