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NYSNA members joined Physicians for a National Health Program on May 6 to lobby for single-payer healthcare that would mean access to care for every New Yorker. A spirited rally before lobby visits included NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez and lead sponsors of the single payer bill, Assemblymember Richard Gottfried and Senator Bill Perkins.

Olean RNs win new contract

In a major victory for nurses and patients alike, RNs at Olean General Hospital won a new contract in April that includes safe staffing guidelines. Negotiations were tough and lasted for 17 months, but RNs stayed united – rallying, picketing, and even running a race to make our voices heard for quality patient care.

Anne Bové inducted into Hunter College Hall of Fame

The Hunter College Alumni Association Board inducted NYSNA’s HHC Executive Council President Anne Bové, RN, into the Hunter College Hall of Fame on April 25. Congressman Eliot Engel was there to offer his congratulations. Well done, Anne!

Patients are not commodities

NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez warned that today’s corporate healthcare system turns patients into commodities in her talk at a recent conference sponsored by Physicians for a National Health Program. “Nothing is more professional,” she told the audience of advocates for a single-payer healthcare system, “than fighting for quality care for patients.”

Westchester RNs honored for excellence

RNs Sue Barnum, Carol Hackett, Jayne Camissa, Nancy Lupo, Karen Wolownik, Sandra Tracey, Kathleen Conlin, Fran Cardone, Terry Rattigan-Davis, Marichu Smith, and Amy Zimei – all from the Westchester County Health Care Corporation in Valhalla – received Hudson Valley magazine’s Seventh Annual Excellence in Nursing Awards in late April for going above and beyond the call of duty.

NYSNA receives recognition

Honorees at the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats 45 anniversary dinner in early April included NYSNA for our work to keep Brooklyn hospitals open for care. We also were honored at the Commission on the Public’s Health System gala on April 29 for defending public hospitals, fighting to keep hospitals open, and pushing for healthcare for all.

Apply Now for a Secor Scholarship

Each year, the Secor Scholarship Fund awards two scholarships to further nursing education:

  • $5,000 to a NYSNA member seeking a bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing
  • $5,000 to a family member of a NYSNA member seeking a first degree in nursing

For an application, visit or call Deb Grebert at NYSNA’s Latham office: 518.782.9400, ext. 240. The application deadline is June 1.

Call for submissions

The Journal of the New York State Nurses Association is now accepting articles for publication. For more information, or to submit a manuscript for review, contact NYSNA’s Nursing Education and Practice Department at

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