NY Nurse November 2013

NYSNA can now wage multi-faceted campaigns around access to care, safe staffing, preventing hospital closures and service slashes, stopping – and reversing – healthcare corporatization and privatization. We can promote our vision of an egalitarian, single-payer healthcare system and join the ranks of every developed nation in the world! By Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, NYSNA President
The Koch brothers contribute significantly to the wealthiest healthcare facilities in New York City. Yet at the same time, they have invested millions to block Medicaid, widely considered a vital program for healthcare for the poor and near poor in the U.S., with tens of millions of Americans covered. By Jill Furillo, RN, NYSNA Executive Director
Sandy made landfall just two days after the end of our NYSNA convention last year. Hundreds of nurses, including me and many of my colleagues at Staten Island University Hospital, were mandated to stay at our facilities. Some of us went home to find our houses destroyed or unlivable. Worse, some lost neighbors and loved ones. Yet NYSNA nurses throughout the affected areas showed courage and strength. By Pat Kane, RN

Bill de Blasio's election on November 5th with a 49 percent margin demonstrated New Yorkers' commitment to defending access to quality healthcare in every neighborhood.

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