The New York Times ran an article this weekend by Lawrence K. Altman, M.D. in their health-related blog, The Well, highlighting the importance of nursing in our healthcare system.

The article notes that RNs provide the personal touch that is so often missing in our healthcare facilities today, but it also notes that nurses have also "saved many doctors from making fatal mistakes in caring for patients."

Altman reports that Dr. Arnold S. Relman, a former eminent medical educator that is now recovering from an accident, expressed his newfound appreciation for the role of RNs in medical care in his recent article on his injuries and the medical treatment he received in the New York Review of Books. Relman is 90 years old, and spent an entire career working in healthcare. As the author notes, the fact that his appreciation is "new" is what is perhaps so surprising and indeed disturbing.

Altman suggest that medical professionals are often taught in silos, and perhaps a more dynamic and collaborative approach should be explored to provide holistic care in the future.

NYSNA is announcing two workshops on Emergency Room nursing: one is coming up soon on March 6-7 and the other is in the Fall of 2014 on November 6-7. The workshops will be held in NYSNA's New York Office and will prepare participants to take the ENA examination to achieve certification in ER nursing.

On March 26, NYSNA RNs are going to Albany to tell our lawmakers to pass safe nurse-to-patient ratios.

Buses will be leaving from NYSNA facilities from across the state.

The famous blogger and gossip columnist Perez Hilton went to Interfaith Medical Center last week to watch the 'The Death of Bessie Smith' - and he tweeted about it to his 6 million followers!

Here's what he said:"Theater AND activism! Happy to watch and support! #Brooklyn #InterfaithMedicalCenter"

Six million people just heard about our fight to keep Interfaith #Open4Care!!!

The play was also mentioned in Playbill, the widely-read theater magazine. Click here to read the story.

NYS State and the Feds: Make sure money goes to hospitals that are truly serving low-income and uninsured people

There are longstanding inequities in how hospitals have been funded through past Medicaid waivers and other decisions. Over the past ten years, we have witnessed the closure of 19 hospitals in New York City, with many of those closings occurring in low-income, immigrant, and communities of color. Financial distress has been one of the major causes of these closures. We need to make sure that our hospitals are adequately and fairly funded.

Please sign the petition created by our allies at CPHS and spread the word!

New Brooklyn Theater will perform “The Death of Bessie Smith” at Interfaith Medical Center. The play centers on a black woman who is refused care at an all-white hospital. This is an important artistic project about healthcare inequality that will take place at a hospital threatened with closure that serves low-income patients of color. The play will begin performances Thursday, January 9, 2014 and run through Sunday, January 19.

Tickets are free, but there is limited availability, so don’t delay. Click here to get your tickets now!

The RNs at Carthage Area Hospital have scheduled an informational picket for Jan. 27 from 3:30 - 5:00 PM in front of the hospital.

The nurses are taking our fight public to protect our patients and to ensure that experienced nurses continue to work at CAH and provide very best care to members of the community.

Reminder to Carthage RNs: Come to our meeting on Jan. 23 at the Church of the Nazarene at 960 State St. in Carthage from 5:30-8:30 PM to make picket signs and gear up for this union action.

NYSNA’s HHC Executive Council President Anne Bové sent a welcome plaque on behalf of the Bellevue Hospital Center RNs in New York City to our newest NYSNA members at Bellevue Woman's Center!