2021 NYSNA Convention

“Together We Rise: United for our patients, our practice, and a just recovery for all”

Wednesday, Oct. 27 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The last year on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most challenging of our personal and professional lives. Despite enormous challenges, NYSNA members stepped up and saved countless lives, advocated for our patients, profession, and communities, and won groundbreaking changes to our healthcare system. Through determination and solidarity, we moved New York to pass landmark staffing legislation that will move us closer to equitable, universal minimum safe staffing standards for all hospitals and nursing homes, regardless of zip code.

We are ready for the work ahead to strengthen our union and create the future healthcare professionals and patients deserve. Join us Wednesday, October 27 for a one-day Delegate Convention to celebrate our accomplishments and chart the course ahead. We intend to host a hybrid in-person and virtual one-day Convention. Delegates and members have the option of attending a watch party in person with their colleagues at the Sheraton Times Square, or virtually. We reserve the right to cancel our in-person plans if public safety requires it.

Our Program Includes...

  • Remarks from Elected Officials
  • Workshops by Nursing, Healthcare, and Labor Experts
  • Health and Safety Education and Training, including New COVID-19 Protections for RN and Healthcare Worker Safety
  • Presentations from frontline Nurses
  • Organizing to Win More Staffing Ratios through the NYS Staffing Bill
  • Bargaining Preparation for Strong Contracts in 2022
  • Discussion of NYSNA’s Strategic Priorities
  • Convention Business Meeting
  • And much more!

Continuing Education Classes Taught by Nursing, Healthcare, and Labor Experts

  • The Staffing Law: New Rights and Opportunities for Nurses to Improve Patient Care (2 CH/0.2 CEUs)
  • Implementing the Staffing Law: How Nurse Leaders Can Use Data and Collective Action to Achieve and Enforce Effective Staffing Plans (2 CH/0.2 CEUs)
  • Patient Acuity and Staffing Mix: Getting the Numbers Right (2 CH/0.2 CEUs)
  • Protesting your Assignment and Working Conditions: A NYSNA Toolkit (2 CH/0.2 CEUs)
  • Advocacy in Collective Bargaining: Using Nurse Action Teams for Better Patient Outcomes (2 CH/0.2 CEUs)
  • Health Justice for All: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement for Today’s Nurses Advocating for Single Payer in New York (2 CH/0.2 CEUs)
  • Strategies for Addressing Workplace Violence Hazards Related to Patient Mental Health Needs on Non-Behavioral Health Care Areas (2 CH/0.2 CEUs)
  • Addiction: Occupational Hazard for Nurses (1 CH/0.1 CEUs)
  • COVID-19: New OSHA & NYS Requirements for Heathcare Worker Safety (2 CH/0.2 CEUs)
  • Nurses Building Political Power by Engaging with our Elected Officials and Community Allies to Win Staffing and Improve Patient Outcomes (2 CH/0.2 CEUs)
  • Staffing Bill & Bargaining: Nurses, Use Your Story and Your Voice to Advocate for Patients Beyond the Bedside (2CH/0.2CEUs)

The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

NYSNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

Participants will be eligible to receive up to 21.0 CHs and 2.1 IACET CEUs. A complete list of goals, objectives and continuing nursing education contact hours is available here.

In order to be awarded your CE's, and to receive your CH/CEU Certificate, you must be present for the entire program, and at the end of each class you must complete two short evaluations. These evaluations will be conducted through Wooclap. Click here for Wooclap instructions. We recommend you read these instructions before taking your first Convention Class.

Convention Orientation: Resolutions and Meeting Procedures

Plan to attend a Convention Orientation where we will go over the resolutions and review the meeting rules — how delegates can speak or ask a point of order — as well some of the technical details about the Convention Business Meeting virtual platform. We are offering three dates. Please choose one. It is strongly recommended that all delegates — whether you are attending convention from your home or from the watch party — attend one Convention Orientation session and register here. Dates are:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 8:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, Oct. 23, 2:00 3:00 PM

2021 Convention Zoom Instructions (.pdf)


The Sheraton Times Square (811 7th Ave., New York, NY 10019) is accessible by Subway Lines B/D/E to 7th Ave station, Subway Line 1 to 50th St. station, Subway lines N/Q/W/R to 57th St/7th Ave station and by Buses on 6th/7th/8th Avenues. Metro North trains connect with Shuttle Subway to 42nd St which connects to Subway 1. LIRR trains connect with Subways E/1. Please check web.mta.info.

Delegates traveling outside of the greater NYC area should contact mcp@nysna.org.

Hotel Information

If an overnight stay is needed, you must reserve a room at the Sheraton Times Square (811 7th Ave., New York, NY 10019) online at the hotel website or by calling the reservations line at 888-627-7067 or 800-325-3535. Be sure to mention NY State Nurses or NYSNA to get the negotiated rates of $279 single/double occupancy (rates do not include taxes and fees).

Reservations are accommodated on a first come, first served basis. The NYSNA negotiated discount rate is through October 18, 2021, provided there is availability.

Delegates and members attending in person are eligible for reimbursement for travel and hotel:

For More Information or Special Needs

Please contact the NYSNA Meeting and Convention Planning (MCP) office at 518-782-9400, ext. 277, or e-mail mcp@nysna.org.

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