Healthcare Professionals

NYSUT Represents over 25,000 Healthcare Professionals across the state in hundreds of local unions. These members work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, medical centers, visiting nurses, Head Start, human service agencies, K-12 schools, colleges and universities.

Job titles include: Nurse, Doctor, Therapist, Pharmacist, Optometrist, Phycologist, Dentist, Licensed Practical Nurse, Healthcare Tech, Direct Care worker, Social Worker, Occupational, Physical Therapist and Speech Therapist.

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NYSUT is affiliated with AFT, the second largest national healthcare union.
NYSUT is the largest member of the New York AFL-CIO and it shows with the NY AFL-CIO legislative agenda (PDF).

What's New << >>

  • Fact Sheet 24-8 Updates to Behavioral Interventions 7/9/2024
  • Bethlehem teacher named 2023 NYS School Counselor of the Year 1/29/2024
  • NYSUT and partners launch One-in-Five campaign to combat cycle of childhood poverty 1/24/2024
  • Executive Budget: Highs and Lows 1/19/2024
  • NYSUT statement on the executive budget proposal 1/16/2024
  • NYSUT statement on Gov. Hochul’s 2024 State of the State Address 1/9/2024
  • NYSUT releases 2024 legislative priorities ahead of Hochul’s State of the State Address 1/9/2024
  • New York’s hottest club is a Tier 6 mixer 10/26/2023
  • NYSUT fights to protect children from online dangers 10/11/2023
  • Testimony: 'Fix Tier 6' 10/11/2023
  • New poster celebrates tennis legend Billie Jean King for LGBTQ+ History Month 10/4/2023
  • Union summer: LAP program empowers locals to serve their members, community 7/21/2023
  • CTE Profile: Linda Romano, Newburgh Teachers Association 7/12/2023
  • More than thanks: Giving nurses what they need 7/5/2023
  • NYSUT statement on devastating Supreme Court rulings 6/30/2023
  • “Many Threads, One Fabric” event celebrates Asian, Pacific Islander American Heritage Month 5/19/2023
  • UFT celebrates nurses for everyday heroism 5/12/2023
  • Celebrate National Nurses Week May 6-12 5/6/2023
  • Union notches big state budget wins 5/3/2023
  • RA 2023: Celebrating Excellence in the Professions 4/29/2023
  • SUNY's three teaching hospitals need a cash injection to stay strong 3/24/2023
  • New Rochelle incident highlights critical role of school nurses 3/3/2023
  • Winter institute fires up local leaders 1/31/2023
  • Hochul’s State of the State continues commitment to public education 1/11/2023
  • NYSUT statement on Gov. Hochul’s State of the State Address 1/10/2023
  • NYSUT WRAPPED 2022: Year in Review 12/23/2022
  • FACT SHEET: What AFT Members Need to Know to Protect Themselves from Polio 8/30/2022
  • MAKING STRIDES: Union marks 20 years in fight against breast cancer 8/30/2022
  • NYSUT task force highlights school safety 8/30/2022
  • Fight for public schools at the ballot box this November 8/30/2022
  • NYSUT Women’s Committee to examine impact of Alzheimer’s 8/17/2022
  • Ending mandatory OT, better school staff support, focus of health care lobby day 5/13/2022
  • CLASSROOM HEAT: Take action and tell us YOUR classroom heat story 5/10/2022
  • Vestal school nurse, educators save eighth-grade student 5/4/2022
  • NYSUT wins bonus pay for broad range of health care workers in education 4/20/2022
  • Awards and Honors: Representative Assembly 2022 4/20/2022
  • NYSUT officers look to next 50 years 4/17/2022
  • SRPs vital to student mental health support 4/17/2022
  • Union activism delivers in state budget 4/17/2022
  • NYSUT statement on 2022-23 state budget 4/9/2022
  • Leaders share stories from the field in Q&A with NYSUT officers 4/1/2022
  • Awards and Honors: Representative Assembly 2022 4/1/2022
  • Mindfulness and yoga help to meet students’ social-emotional needs 3/23/2022
  • As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, crucial lobbying continues 3/4/2022
  • NYSUT statement on end of statewide mask requirement for schools 2/27/2022
  • CDC releases new mask guidelines for communities 2/25/2022
  • Agreement addresses chronic pay, staffing issues at Long Island hospital 2/19/2022
  • This is no time to cut health care resources 2/19/2022
  • #NotJustPhysical: February is Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month 2/8/2022
  • Testimony: Health and Medicaid 2/8/2022
    • RA 2024: Awards and Honors

      Congratulations to all of our honorees! The awards book or the 2024 Representative Assembly is now online.
    • Certification

      NYSUT ELT offers continuing education for New York state-required certification for healthcare professionals.

    • Student Loan Counseling

      NYSUT has free student loan relief workshops and debt counseling for healthcare professionals.

    • Health Care Professionals Council

      The NYSUT Health Care Professionals Council advocates for the union’s more than 15,000 health care professionals.
    • New York State Center for School Health

      The New York State Center for School Health provides technical support, resources and professional development to support coordinated school health services.

    • Updated Guidelines – Respiratory Virus Guidance

      This guidance provides practical recommendations and information to help people lower risk from a range of common respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, flu, and RSV.

    Related Resources:

    CDC guidelines - Infection Prevention:

    CDC has released new guidelines to prevent the spread of infections in K-12 schools. The guidelines include recommendations for steps for cleaner indoor air including ventilation, and explicitly recognize that inhalation of aerosolized particles is one of the key moods of transmission (see Appendix A).

    AFT Code Red: Understaffing – Patient Care Crisis?

    Healthcare workers:

    2024-2025 NYS Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance:

    The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance for the 2024-25 school year now includes translated versions of the document.

    Updated New York State Education Department (NYSED) Managing Allergies and Anaphylaxis in Schools Guidelines:

    The updated guidelines comply with Public Health Law 2500-H*2, which requires the NYS Commissioner of Health in consultation with the NYS Commissioner of Education to establish an anaphylactic policy for school districts, setting forth guidelines and procedures to be followed for both the prevention of anaphylaxis and to be used during a medical emergency resulting from anaphylaxis (encompassed in these guidelines).

    Schools must implement or update, as appropriate, their anaphylactic policy within 6 months of receipt of the guidelines.

    Schools must notify parents/guardians to make them aware of the allergy and anaphylaxis policies.

    Outlined in the guidelines are additional provisions and requirements in the law, including but not limited to:

    • written procedure and treatment plans
    • dissemination of information related to allergies,
    • strategies to reduce exposure to allergens,
    • and a communication plan to students and parents/guardian.

    Fact Sheet: NYS Updated Mandated Reporter Training Requirements