Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN

Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, MSN, FNP is the President of the 40,000 member New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), New York's largest nurses’ union. She's worked for more than 30 years as an Emergency Room RN in Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, as well as in a variety of other specialties in assorted health care environments. She is part of an active group of nurses engaged in transforming the organization into a social justice union, pledged to participate in uniting labor and community, in order to construct a movement dedicated to combat inequality and committed to social change.

"Only an activated, knowledgeable, and involved membership can make change happen. This is where YOU come in. Leaders are important, true, but it's the members who move mountains. Let's get going!"

Good afternoon Fearless Youth Warriors!

I offer you the love, admiration and commitment that we, the 42,000 members of the New York State Nurses Association bring to this historic event.

We see it happen throughout history. When people have had enough, it takes only a spark to ignite the flame of mass resistance.

If you’ve been a member of NYSNA for fewer than eight years, you may not know our unique history. In 2011, an insurgent slate won a majority of seats on the Board of Directors.

With the 2020 presidential campaign underway and Medicare for All once again a possibility, NYSNA has lost a dedicated ally and friend in the long fight for affordable healthcare.

As I write this, thousands of nurses in New York are taking strike votes. Thousands more are struggling with impossible patient loads.

For me, an area of moral clarity is: you’re in front of someone who’s suffering and you have the tools at your disposal to alleviate that suffering or even eradicate it, and you act.

In a variety of locations throughout the state, local bargaining units are negotiating contracts with employers who show little empathy for us, for patients or for conditions in our communities.

No one can argue against how precious our children are to us: as parents, as families and as a society. All animal species develop elaborate plans to protect their young.