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NYSNA Nurses ‘Celebrate’ Nurse Practitioner Week - Urge Policymakers ‘To Make The Nurse Modernization Act Permanent’

Published Tuesday, November 16, 2021
by NYSNA News
NYSNA Nurses ‘Celebrate’ Nurse Practitioner Week - Urge Policymakers ‘To Make The Nurse Modernization Act Permanent’

(NEW YORK CITY) - During Nurse Practitioner Week, New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) Health Care Workers are urging policymakers to make the Nurse Practitioner Modernization Act (NPMA) permanent.

The NPMA expanded the scope of Nurse Practitioners’ (NPs) independent practice and their collaboration with Medical Doctors (MDs).  Nurse Practitioners (NPs) provide a wide range of care to patients in more than one billion visits annually.  

In New York State, there are 32,750 practicing, licensed NPs.

According to the National Association of Nurse Practitioners (NANP), research finds patients under the care of NPs have higher satisfaction ratings and fewer unnecessary hospital readmissions, preventable hospitalizations, and unnecessary emergency room visits than patients under the care of physicians.

As Clinicians blend clinical expertise with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs are the health care provider of choice for millions of Americans.

“Every day, Nurse Practitioners save lives and improve the health of our friends and family,” Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Kristle Simms-Murphy said. “The global COVID-19 Pandemic has demonstrated that NPs are essential to our Health Care System.  Research has shown that patients seen by NPs have higher satisfaction ratings and we want to ensure that NPs receive the support they need to continue providing quality care.”

“During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Nurse Practitioners went the extra mile.  They were redeployed where they were needed most, including in ICUs (Intensive Care Units) and Critical Care Units and at mobile COVID-19 diagnostic, testing and vaccination sites.  NPs were able to step up and help save New York because of the 2015 Nurse Practitioner Modernization Act.  Legislators must now pass legislation to ensure this measure becomes permanent,” FNP Toni Denicola said.

NYSNA, which represents more than 42,000 Members across the state, is New York’s largest Union and Professional Association for Registered Nurses.

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