Just in the past decade, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) was given the opportunity to help registered professional nurses in the State of New Jersey take greater control of their working lives and tackle the immense challenges they face every day as healthcare professionals.
These challenges, such as a lack of professional respect and input into crucial decisions that impact patient care (i.e. staffing; floating), can only be addressed when RNs take the necessary steps to form collective bargaining units with NYSNA, thus becoming “legal equals” with their employers.
Q.: How did the partnership between NYSNA and the New Jersey State Nurses Association come about?
A.: The New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) is a professional organization that provides nursing practice advice and educational services for its members. It also is the voice for RNs in the halls of the State House in Trenton.
NYSNA is a professional organization representing 34,000 collective bargaining members, including approximately 600 registered professional nurses at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, N.J.
NYSNA has an established collaborative relationship with NJSNA through a written shared services agreement. This agreement gives New Jersey RNs the unique ability to draw upon the resources of two professional associations to strengthen their professional practice as well as to improve their working conditions through the formation of collective bargaining units.