Convention 2009 - Highlights: Thursday, October 8
Related: Convention 2009 - Highlights, Friday, October 9
Related: Convention 2009 - Highlights, Saturday/Sunday, October 10 & 11
Sessions for members of NYSNA collective bargaining units took center stage on “Labor Day,” the first day of Convention, a news conference announced the release of a study about the levels of chemicals in the bodies of healthcare professionals, and a plenary speaker shared new ways to think about and deal with stress.
- The Congress of Bargaining Unit Leaders, which includes the chairs or presidents of each of NYSNA’s local bargaining units, elected John Hiltunen as vice president and Carlene Daley as secretary. Hiltunen reported to the group on NYSNA’s efforts to reduce the impact of the federal Pension Protection Act on defined-benefit pension plans.
- The Congress then heard inspirational presentation on “The Speed of Trust” by Barry Rellaford, who outlined 13 behaviors to build trust, starting with oneself and moving out to society.
- The Labor Day Unity Brunch was an opportunity for LBU members to network and to tour the new NYSNA RV. Kitty McGee received the Delegate Assembly Award and a panel of speakers from the National Federation of Nurses talked about the goals and values of that organization.
- NYSNA CEO Tina Gerardi and Board Member Barbara Crane participated in a news conference sponsored by Clean New York and Physicians for Social Responsibility. They discussed a new study of 20 doctors and nurses that found toxic chemicals in all of their bodies, some of which are associated with chronic illness and physical disorders.
- At its afternoon meeting, the Delegate Assembly and other visitors enjoyed a moving presentation by Holly Near, legendary activist, songwriter, and performer.
- The Retired Nurses Advisory Committee held its annual meeting and discussed ways for retired members to have more influence and involvement in the association.
- At Convention's first plenary session, an appreciative audience heard Ann Quinn speak about the causes of stress (“Refuse to multitask!”) and participated in a relaxation exercise.
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The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in the Empire State. With more than 37,000 members, it is the state's largest union and professional association for registered nurses. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.