Nursing Program Lobbies at NYSNA 2020

York College's Nursing Students, join nurses from across the state to raise awareness at NYSNA’s 2020 Lobby Day.

Students, faculty and an executive director at York converged in Albany on March 3, 2020, to lobby legislators on behalf of their profession. Below is a Q&A with Dr. Margarett Alexandre, who as a Nursing professor, initiated the visits on York’s behalf nearly a decade ago.

How long have you been doing this?

For the eight years in a row, the nursing department has attended the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) Annual Lobby Day/Day of Advocacy.

Are you the organizer?

Dr. Alexandre and the York College Nursing Club organized Lobby Day, which correlates with their spring semester Policy and Politics course. It gives them an opportunity to see theory in real-world practice.

How many students participated this year?

Forty-five nursing students and two nursing faculty, Dr. Margarett Alexandre and Dr. Magalie Alcindor. This year we were accompanied by Dr. Earl Simons- Executive Director of Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives

How do you think these advocacy days benefit the profession and our York students?

Attending the NYSNA Annual Lobby Day/Day of Advocacy at the New York State Capitol affords the senior Nursing students an opportunity to witness the impact of their voices as a profession. The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as International Year of the Nurse, this year more than ever, it is important for our students to understand that advocacy can result in improvements to services and quality of life for the profession, their patients, their community and the world in which they live.

According to Dr. Earl Simons, it was well worth the trip.

“We traveled to the capitol to advocate for more funding in the state budget for CUNY and York College,” said Simons. “[It] was a day of meetings with several legislators including Assembly Members Vivian E. Cook, Alicia L. Hyndman, Clyde Vanel, and Senators Leroy Comrie, and Toby Ann Stavisky (chair of the Higher Education Committee). The day concluded with a meeting in the Assembly Chambers. It was a productive budget advocacy day.”