Nurse Practitioners of New York (NPNY) was founded in 2000 by a group of Nurse Practitioners and advocates for accessible, affordable and quality health care.


  • Support the contributions of Nurse Practitioners and promote our importance to the delivery of quality health care
  • Empower Nurse Practitioners via continuing education and professional networking
  • Advocate for Universal Health Care for all
  • Advocate for policies and legislation that ensure quality health care on the local, state and federal level


  • Get FREE CE Credits at our monthly meetings - 2 CE's per month; earn up to 24 CE's per year!
  • Network with colleagues at Our Monthly Programs and through social media
  • Access to additional clinical and professional perks via social media
  • Work with colleagues on a committee for professional growth and participate in building the organization
  • Find a mentor- for NP students and experienced professional in search of support
  • Gain experience advocating for state and local legislation with the support of experienced colleagues
  • Free subscription to "The Advocate," the NPNY Newsletter


Uniting, empowering, and promoting the role of Nurse Practitioners.


We believe in continuing education to maintain the standards necessary to optimize our practice and to ensure quality of care. We believe collaborating with other health professionals and utilizing community resources are strategies that will best serve the needs of our patients as well as supporting the role of NPs. We support health care policy that ensures a comprehensive health care delivery system for all that is equitable, accessible, has educated health care personnel, available health facilities, patient-centered, affordable, culturally acceptable, non-discriminatory, and capable of providing appropriate care in a timely manner.

NPNY History:

Nurse Practitioners of New York started as an organization in February 2000. Officially, our incorporation name is Nurse Practitioners of Metropolitan New York. We adopted our current Bylaws on May 3, 2000.

Before that, we were the Greater New York Chapter of the New York State Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (NYSCONP) formed in 1991. NYSCONP was very focused on expanding the scope of practice of nurse practitioners and the Greater New York Chapter wanted to focus more energy on policy issues affecting their members who worked in urban environments and cared for patients in largely medically underserved and under-resourced communities. The majority of NYSCONP members practiced in suburban and rural areas (upstate New York and Long Island) thus had different practice requirements. Most NPs in NYC worked for community health centers, hospital-based health centers and few were in independent practices and solo physician practices.

In 1999, the Greater New York members met and voted overwhelmingly to terminate our relationship with NYSCONP and start a new organization. Nurse Practitioners of New York (NPNY) would pursue issues that not only expanded our scope of practice but addressed health policy issues that affect reimbursement, health reform, and insurance concerns.

Jeanne Brenner was our interim chairperson of the newly formed organization and our meeting location was St. Vincent’s Hospital. Ms. Brenner did a tremendous amount of work organizing, managing, and setting up NPNY. We published our first newsletter The Advocate in April 2000.

Since that auspicious vote in 1999, NPNY has continued to grow as an organization and has assiduously followed their passion for health policy issues that enhance our clinical practices, remove barriers to patient care, address the needs of NPs and patients in urban areas, as well as rural and suburban areas, and collaboration with other professional organizations that share our vision –access to health care for all.

NPNY Leadership and Committee Chairs:

We encourage you to become involved and welcome your comments, suggestions and participation. The strengths of any organization lie in the teamwork, cooperation and participation by members. Below is a contact list of NPNY Leadership and of committees and description of volunteer opportunities. Email npsofny@gmail.com anytime for more information or to contact a specific Chair below. Click here to view our NPNY Bylaws.


Cristina Martinez, MSN, FNP-BC

Ellen Davis, DNP, ACNP-C

Irene Van Slyke, FNP

Annie Lu, ANP-BC, BC-ADM
Past President


Jordana Cotton, DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC
Board Member 2015 - 2017

Elizabeth Veneskey, MSN, AGPCNP-BC
Board Member 2017 - 2019

Carmen Saunders, MSN, FNP-BC
Board Member 2016 - 2017

Lisa Paplanus, DNP, MA, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, RN-C, CCNR
Board Member 2015 - 2017

Susan Moscou, FNP, MPH, PhD
Board Member 2017 - 2019

Kennia Santiago, MSN, FNP-BC
Board Member 2017 - 2019


Yonit Lipkind, MSN, FNP-BC
Communication Committee Chair


Lisa Paplanus, DNP, MA, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, RN-C, CCNR
Program Committee Chair

Jordana Cotton, DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC
Program Committee Chair Elect


Ellen Davis, DNP, ACNP-C
Membership Committee Chair


Audrey Hoover, MSN, FNP, WHNP
Advocacy & Policy Committee Chair