NEW YORK NURSE: June/July 2012
by Erin Silk
On April 17, more than 2,000 NYSNA members and nursing students packed the Empire State Plaza’s convention center in Albany for the association’s annual Lobby Day.
The day’s agenda began with a debriefing on NYSNA’s top legislative priorities – safe staffing, safe patient handling, the New York Health Plan and educational advancement for nursing – and included an entertaining skit on the dos and don’ts of lobbying.
Following the morning program, nurses in a sea of NYSNA red travelled together to the legislative office building to attend appointments with legislators.
Patrice Stallmer, a nurse educator at Ellis School of Nursing, commented on the fiscal side of adopting safe staffing levels. She reminded Senator Farley that, “it takes $60-$80,000 to train a new nurse. Graduates will most surely experience burnout and the hospital will have to spend more money to train someone to take their place. Adequate staffing saves money in the long run.”