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Some familiar faces are going up on bus shelters across New York City: our fellow HHC nurses talking about why our public hospital system is so important to the people of our city.

We go above and beyond to care for our patients every day. We're building a powerful movement of patients, lawmakers, and caregivers to defend and expand our public hospital system.

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We are very excited to have launched the new NYSNA website! Our new website features a complete re-design, simplified navigation, a blog, and brand-new content. And it's designed to adapt to mobile phones and tablets, too.

We'd love to hear from NYSNA members--what do you think of the new site?

Make sure to save the date for Lobby Day on May 20th! This event is for all nurses in NY State, including those that are not NYSNA members. We are joining our allies in 1199SEIU, CWA, PEF, and other unions in calling on our lawmakers to create laws ensuring safe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.

This is an issue that is important to all RNs in NY State, and we want to encourage everyone, regardless of affiliation, to attend this event.

Please see our flier here, and check in on the website for updates regarding logistics! We will keep you posted.

A dangerous last-minute budget proposal from the governor's office would amend the Nurse Practice Act to deregulate the practice of nursing — and open the door wider to corporate-driven healthcare institutions who want to replace skilled nurses with underpaid and untrained workers. This is a direct assault on quality care and access to care.

Yesterday, more than 1,000 nurses got on buses to Albany for our Safe Staffing Lobby Day. We quickly moved into action and expanded our lobby visits so that we could respond to this attack on patient safety and nursing practice.

We doubled our planned lobby visits and met with more than 170 lawmakers and their staffers. We asked our lawmakers to support the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act and also asked for them to stand with us against any changes to the Nurse Practice Act.

Nurses who participated in the entire lobby day are eligible for continuing education course hours. If you didn't get the continuing education course certificate, fill out this form and return it to education@nysna.org
or mail it to:

In 2013 nurses and our patients united for healthcare for all.

Following the explosion and subsequent collapse of two buildings in East Harlem due to a gas leak, doctors, caregivers, and NYSNA nurses at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Metropolitan Hospital and Harlem Hospital worked tirelessly to treat the dozens of patients injured as a result of the disaster.

According to the NYTimes, the death toll stands at eight as of last night. Besides those that lost their homes in the collapsed buildings, around 70 people that live in neighboring buildings, including numerous children, have been displaced. Many of the displaced live in buildings that lost power as a result of the accident, and are not allowed to return to their homes at this juncture.

A Red Cross shelter has been set up in a Salvation Army building at 125th Street and Third Avenue to provide a temporary home for those that are unable to return to their homes.

Our hearts go out to victims of the East Harlem explosion & we salute the Mount Sinai Hospital caregivers, doctors & NYSNA RNs who cared for them.

Jill Furillo, Executive Director of NYSNA, highlights that Interfaith is the go-to hospital for 160,000 residents of Central Brooklyn. It is a full service institution and "the largest private behavioral health facility in Brooklyn, providing 14% of in-patient psychiatric care in the borough, or one of every 25 psychiatric beds in all of New York City." Brooklyn residents have come to rely on these services. Currently Interfaith is more than full: it is operating at 104% capacity, in part due to season-related sickness and injury. But it is in bankruptcy because "more than 60% of Interfaith’s patients are enrolled in Medicaid, which translates to low reimbursements to hospitals. A small portion of just-awarded Medicaid waiver funds would keep Interfaith open for care."

After more than a year of rallies, marches, court hearings, and even arrests, we have reached an agreement with SUNY on a new process that has the best chance of LICH remaining a hospital and which we hope will lead to the best possible outcome for the patients served by LICH.

This groundbreaking agreement requires SUNY to engage in a new open and transparent process for determining who will take over LICH, a process which prioritizes operators committed to running a full-service hospital and which gives the community significant decision-making power. Never before has the community had a voice in determining the future of a hospital.

LICH nurses continue to put community needs first. At an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday night, with more than fifty people in attendance, NYSNA RNs, along with doctors, 1199SEIU caregivers, and community members pledged to stay united, to move forward with one voice, and to stick together no matter what. Our coalition has kept the hospital open for more than a year, and our united coalition is the best hope for meeting the healthcare needs of the community.

Following the 43rd Annual Legislative Conference sponsored by the NY State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, NYSNA RNs gathered in Albany on February 15th to protest healthcare ine

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