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!"

Forging unity is a critical goal; it can only happen when people see their common interests, instead of focusing on anger, fear and alienation.

As I write this column, our priority bill, the “Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act” (S.782/A.8580-A) – the bill that will set a maximum number of patients a nurse can care for at any one time – is

Years ago, I heard a patient say to a female physician, “You are such a nice nurse!” To which the doctor, clearly perturbed, hissed, “I’m not a nurse, I’m a doctor!”

Think of your worst day ever: no staff, equipment, training or support.

Then consider that you face many more days like that, worsening over time.

One Christmas, we nurses decided — as we always do — to celebrate the holiday at work: everyone cooking to make it special, as we spent it with our “work families.” There was a patient who was a vi

In spite of a torrential downpour, massive flooding and traffic nightmares that make NYC famous, more than 100 nurses showed up for our Bronx Inter-regional Meeting on November 19.

“Wow! Awesome! Amazing!” That was the overwhelming consensus regarding the content, workshops and booths at the NYSNA Convention.

The future of nursing lies with the nursing students of today. What is the legacy we, practicing nurses, leave for them?

In recent weeks, the Supreme Court ruled favorably for low-income Americans who were denied subsidies for healthcare premiums and in support of same-sex marriage, acknowledging the economic vulnera