News Briefs: September 2015

NYSNA at The New York State Fair

NYSNA continued the tradition of meeting New Yorkers from throughout the state at The Great New York State Fair, held at the fairgrounds in Syracuse from August 27-September 7. Hundreds of thousands of people attended this year’s event and our exhibit inside the Science and Industry Building was a popular stop. Members shared information about NYSNA’s efforts to achieve safe RN staffing ratios in New York State, our support of legislation including NY Health, and we reminded visitors that RNs are the true patient advocates!

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli stopped by the NYSNA booth at the State Fair, talking to members about safe staffing and how we‘re working to win excellent nurse contracts in Upstate New York. Don’t miss seeing this tremendous public official and “honorary nurse” speak at Convention this year! Register today: bit.ly/NYSNACon2015

Students from Thailand and Burma visited the NYSNA booth and spoke to Mary Thompson, RN, of St. Elizabeth Hospital, Utica. They told Ms. Thompson that they want to become nurses in the U.S. and return to their homelands to provide health services.

(More coverage of the fair in the next NY Nurse)

Celebrating Caribbean heritage

For the third consecutive year, NYSNA’s float was part of New York City’s annual West Indian-American Day Parade. Members marched, danced, and celebrated Caribbean culture and heritage along with nearly a million others at the annual event held September 7 in Brooklyn.

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