NEW YORK NURSE: March/April 2012
by Pat Kane, RN, Staten Island University Hospital, Treasurer, NYSNA Board of Directors
I’ve been an elected leader of NYSNA for many years.
It was frustrating and challenging because we had to battle to have the voice of working nurses heard inside NYSNA, and then we had to battle the executives and politicians who never give us the respect we deserved.
Why? Our organization’s structure wasn’t centered around the everyday needs of working bedside nurses.
But over the last few months I’m starting to see and feel many things moving in a good, new direction.
Every week we hear more about rank-and-file registered nurses, across the state, standing together to demand a stronger voice on the job and good contracts, to fight for quality care for our patients and to remind hospital management in every workplace that we are strong and united.
Fighting for our workplace rights goes hand-in-hand with our movement toward more openness and democracy for every NYSNA member.
There are so many challenges confronting us — in the hospitals and facilities, in politics and public policy, and in how we run this organization — that we are going to need thousands of our members to step forward and become more active in every part of the new, invigorated NYSNA.
Coming to the mass membership meeting on May 17 is the most important thing you can do right now.
On May 17, New York City is going to see a remarkable sight — thousands of us meeting to vote on dramatic changes that will give us more power to fight for safer staffing, patient care and a better future for ourselves and our families.
When we gather at Javits Center on May 17, we will make history for ourselves and for future NYSNA members.
There are many good things that will happen when we approve the changes — here are five that will make a big difference right away:
I see a future for NYSNA in which we create a world of new possibilities for our profession — working bedside nurses controlling our direction, strategizing together and coordinating our activities to maximize the results.
Across our state, nurses’ voices are about to get a lot louder, clearer and more united — and that's a good thing for all of us and our patients.
See you May 17!