In a victory for New York patients, HHC has announced that they are indefinitely postponing the sale of dialysis services at four NYC public hospitals. 

Myrna Balbuena, a NYSNA RN at Shore Medical Center, won The Press of Atlantic City’s “Salute to Nurses” contest earlier this month.

Called “a modern day Florence Nightingale,” and “the epitome of nursing,” by her co-worker, Dorothy Rudert, who submitted the nomination, Balbuena has a reputation for going above and beyond for her patients, and jumping to volunteer for others in times of need – not only at work, but in the rest of her time as well.

Yesterday, May 20th, nearly 200 NYSNA nurses went to Albany to let our elected representatives know: safe staffing saves lives.

Hudson Valley Magazine has recognized 11 NYSNA nurses in their annual “Nursing Excellence Awards.”

Jayne Cammisa, an RN at Westchester Medical Center (WMC), was chosen because of her outstanding advocacy for patients. Among WMC RNs, Jayne is known for working tirelessly to educate lawmakers about safe staffing and the dangers of privatization. “It was a complete surprise to be nominated and after 25 years of service, it is nice to be recognized for the hard work,” Jayne said.

Save the Date: NYSNA nurses have made it our mission to care for all New Yorkers. Join us for two packed days of solidarity, education, advocacy, and fun — the 2014 NYSNA Biennial Conference, September 16 and 17 at New York’s Javits Center.

Camille Petty, RN, has been caring for Bellevue patients for an amazing 60 years. “I work in child psychiatry, and I have former patients who still call me as adults to thank me for helping them when they were young.”

Born and raised in Harlem, Camille entered Bellevue Nursing School in 1954, when she was 17 years old. She developed an interest in nursing from her mother’s love of movies during the World War II era, where she was inspired by strong depictions of wartime nurses in a noble cause.

This June, Beatrice Marseille, a Nurse Practitioner in Mt. Sinai’s oncology unit, will lead a medical mission to her hometown of Meyer, nestled in the mountains, two hours from the Haitian capital of Port-Au-Prince.

Marseille has led missions to Meyer every year since the 2010 earthquake. 35,000 people from all over travel to Meyer for access to its lone clinic, the only healthcare available. Many of the people lack electricity.

Chanting “Everybody in - Nobody out,” NYSNA nurses joined doctors and patients to call on Albany to pass a law guaranteeing healthcare for all New Yorkers.

The bill, New York Health, would create a single-payer insurance system that would cover all New Yorkers. “We know that every other industrialized nation, except ours, has a national healthcare system. That’s because in this country, healthcare is not a public service - it’s a big business,” NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, told the crowd of supporters and lawmakers.

“We’re tired of seeing our patients suffer because they cannot afford care.”

It’s what New York’s nurses give our patients every day. And it’s the subject of a major NYSNA advertising campaign rolling out this Nurse Appreciation Week.