NYSNA Virtual Convention: Details

Here are important details for NYSNA’s 2021 Virtual Convention on Wednesday, October 27.

AgendaAmendments | Key Documents | Orientation Sessions | Technology Details | Continuing Education Classes: Oct. 27

Delegate Business Agenda

  • 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM - Log in and get ready to participate!
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM – “Together We Rise: United for Our Patients, Our Practice, and a Just Recovery for All"
    • Welcome and Introduction
    • Invocation and National Anthem
    • President’s Message
    • Executive Director Message
    • Panel Discussion, with Frontline NYSNA Members
    • Speeches from Invited Guests
  • 10:00 AM - 10:30AM– Break
  • 10:30 AM- 12:30PM—Virtual Business Meeting.
    • Call meeting to order
    • Technology review
    • Credentials committee report, establish quorum
    • Board reports
    • Proposed Bylaw Amendments
    • Proposed Resolutions
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM— Lunch Break
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM— Virtual Business Meeting, Cont'd
    • Proposed Resolutions Cont’d
    • Raffle

Continuing Education Workshop Schedule

1:00 – 2:00 PM - Addiction: Occupational Hazard for Nurses (One [1.0] contact hour)

2:00 – 4:00 PM - Three Workshop Choices:

  • COVID-19:  New OSHA & NYS Requirements for Healthcare Worker Safety (Two [2.0] contact hours)
  • The Staffing Law: New Rights and Opportunities for Nurses to Improve Patient Care (Two [2.0] contact hours)
  • Protesting Your Assignment and Working Conditions: A NYSNA Toolkit (Two [2.0] contact hours)

5:00 – 7:00 PM- Three Workshop Choices:

  • Nurses Building Political Power by Engaging with our Elected Officials and Community Allies to Win Staffing and Improve Patient Outcomes - (Two [2.0] contact hours)
  • Healthcare Justice for All: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement for Today's Nurses Advocating for Single Payer in NY (Movie/Power to Heal) - (Two [2.0] contact hours)
  • Patient Acuity and Staffing Mix: Getting the Numbers Right - (Two [2.0] contact hours)

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Amendments

Amendments to bylaws proposals or resolutions must be submitted in writing using this form. Please submit all amendments by 5 pm on Friday, Oct. 22.

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Key Documents

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Orientation Sessions

Please plan to attend a Convention Orientation where we will go over the resolutions and review the meeting rules — how delegates can speak or ask a point of order — as well some of the technical details about the Convention Business Meeting virtual website.

We are offering three dates. It is strongly recommended that all registrants — whether you are attending convention from your home or from the watch party — attend one Convention Orientation session. Register here.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
  • Saturday, Oct. 23, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Technology Details

Convention Website

The Convention will be hosted on a custom website that will allow delegates to raise their hands to speak for or against a motion, to raise procedural issues, and to vote. All attendees will use this platform to participate in the Convention, including attendees at our Watch Party at the Sheraton.

Make Sure You Have a Device, and That It's Ready

All participants will need an internet-connected device to participate in the convention. We recommend that virtual participants use a laptop or a tablet. Participants at the watch party may use a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. If you are attending the watch party you must bring your own device and a charger – no backup devices will be available.

Please review the list of supported devices and special instructions for iPhones, iPads and Mac users here. Our Convention Help Desk can answer any questions you might have. Reach out via email at: ConventionHelp@nysna.org.

Username and Password

All registered delegates, alternates, and member observers will be emailed instructions on Monday, Oct. 18. You must set your password by Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 3:00 PM to guarantee your participation in the convention. 

Participants in the watch party will have the video stream automatically disabled to improve your connection speed. If you decide to attend at home instead, you must notify ConventionHelp@nysna.org so we may enable your video.

Technology Demos

We have scheduled two demos for you to practice using the Convention website. Please put these in your calendar and plan to attend at least one session:

  • Monday, October 25 – 8:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 26 – 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Hardware Details

We strongly recommend that you plan to use a laptop or tablet computer, not a smartphone, to view and participate in the meeting. The following devices and browsers are supported:

Supported computers:

  • Browser: Newest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge, or Safari
  • Operating System: Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.7+, or Ubuntu 10+

Close all other tabs, browsers, and programs while streaming the live event. Slower internet speeds or system specs may require reducing the quality of the video stream.

Participants in the watch party will have the video stream automatically disabled to improve your connection speed. If you decide to attend at home instead, you must notify ConventionHelp@nysna.org so we may enable your video.

Supported Tablet or Mobile Devices

  • iPad: Safari
  • iPhone: Safari
  • Android: Chrome

Special instructions for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users

Many browsers on iPhones, iPads, and Macs have special features that prevent the site from loading properly. Please follow these steps.

iPhone and iPad

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click on Safari.
  3. Privacy & Security.
  4. Turn the toggle 'Prevent Cross Site Tracking' to 'Off'
  5. Turn the toggle ‘Block All Cookies' to 'Off'

For MacOS devices when using Safari

  • Go the Safari app on your Mac, choose Safari > Preferences, then click Privacy Tab.
  • Uncheck “Prevent cross-site tracking.”
  • Uncheck “Block all cookies”

For MacOS devices when using Chrome

    1. Open Chrome preferences click on Settings, then Show Advanced Settings
    2. Under Privacy and security, click on Site Settings
    3. Then Click on Cookies and site data
    4. Make sure “Block third-party cookies and site data” is not checked

Convention Help Desk

Email ConventionHelp@nysna.org if you have any issues or questions about the convention.

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Continuing Education Classes: October 27

We are offering a large number of Continuing Education Classes on October 27. All Continuing Education classes will be conducted using Zoom:

    In order to be awarded your CE’s, and to receive your CH/CEU Certificate, you must be present for the entire program, and at the end of each class you must complete two short evaluations. These evaluations will be conducted through Wooclap. Click here for Wooclap instructions.

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