The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State Celebrates Nurse Practitioner Week and Applauds Governor for Recognizing Key Role of NPs 

NEW YORK (November 11, 2019) – The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State(The NPA) is celebrating Nurse Practitioner Week, November 10-16, and the 31st anniversary of the legislation recognizing nurse practitioners as licensed and certified health care providers in New York State. 

A proclamation from Governor Cuomo noted the 31st anniversary of the enactment of Chapter 257 of the New York Laws of 1988 – the legislation that established the scope of practice for NPs in New York.   

The proclamation went on to say, “Whereas throughout the state, more than 28,000 nurse practitioners serve as an integral component of our health care system, focusing on prevention as well as treatment of health problems, and it is fitting that we recognize these professionals for their dedication, compassion and significant contributions to the health and well-being of New Yorkers, I, Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York, do hereby proclaim

November 10-16, 2019 as Nurse Practitioner’s Week.” (Link to proclamation: The NPA Proclamation)

Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP, FAANP, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at Columbia University School of Nursing and Executive Director of The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State, said, “Whether working in hospitals, outpatient facilities, nursing homes, schools, private practice or other settings, nurse practitioners provide high-quality, evidence-based health care in New York State. On behalf of NPs across the state, I thank Governor Cuomo for his recognition of the important role of nurse practitioners in providing quality care to New Yorkers.” He added, “Continuing to modernize New York’s laws will ensure that NPs remain able to provide the best possible care to patients and families.”

The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who have completed advanced education, at a Master‘s or Doctorate level, plus additional clinical preparation. These professionals are authorized to independently diagnose illness and physical conditions, perform therapeutic and corrective measures, order tests, prescribe medications, devices and immunizing agents, and refer patients to other health care providers. The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (The NPA), the only statewide professional association of nurse practitioners, promotes high standards of healthcare delivery through the empowerment of nurse practitioners and the profession throughout New York State. For more information, visit: