Advocacy Day in Albany on March 12, 2015, was a smashing success. Even though legislators were in the midst of preparing a state budget due on April, many made time to meet with nurse practitioners.
With briefing folders in hand NPNY team leaders navigated through the Legislative Office Building explaining and educating legislators on NP issues:
- Providing financial support to educate adequate numbers of future faculty of NP programs A1136 by Assemblywoman Ailene Gunther and S 4431Senator Tony Avella; We asked “Did you know that more than 78,000 qualified applicants were turned away due to a lack of faculty?”
- A “clean up bill” that would bring outdated laws up to date with the NP Modernization Act passed last year A 4140 Assemblyman Richard Gottfried/ S2300 Senator Kemp Hannon. We explained that still requiring physician signatures for many health certificates are burdensome to physicians, and increase unnecessary work.
- NPNY talked about the importance of the pending Paid Family Leave (A3870-2015 / S3004-2015) bill for all working New Yorkers, which would allow for taking time to care for a new baby, a dying parent, or seriously ill family member. NY is behind other states-and the US stands virtually alone- in failing to provide any paid time for workers with a sick relative or new baby who depends on their care. It was recently passed by the NYS Assembly days after our annual Advocacy Day!
- NPNY ’s members and NP students from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing under the direction of Professor Norma Hannigan, and NPNY team leaders Rachael Lerner, Audrey Hoover, Elizabeth Veneskey, irene Van Slyke and Mia Lofland made this day a great success.
A special thank you to State Senator Velmanette Montgomery for providing a room an official portrait of our group and for feeling welcome in our State Capitol.