The NPA is the voice and the only state-wide association for Nurse Practitioners in New York State. We offer our members the tools, resources, and information to advance the NP profession, and an effective and successful advocacy program dedicated to advancing and protecting NPs in all of New York State.

Historical Overview 

The NPA was established in 1980 as a non-profit organization under the name The Nurse Practitioner Association, Inc. Since 1980, the NPA has grown financially, programmatically and increased the visibility and credibility of NPs within the healthcare community, at both the national and State levels of government, and with consumers throughout New York. 

The NPA Milestones:

1980 – The Nurse Practitioner Association, Inc. was formed

1981 – Organized meetings begin in Syracuse, NY under the name of Coalition of Organized Nurse Practitioners Associations (COONPA)

1985 – First Annual Convention and Educational Conference in Albany, NY

1988 – Landmark legislation authorizing title and scope of practice for NPs

1988/1992 – Acquired prescriptive authority and ultimately full DEA prescriptive authority

1991 – The Coalition of Nurse Practitioners renamed New York State Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (NYSCONP)

1992 – Emergency room practice and hospital coverage rights enacted

1992 – The American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) established with NYSCONP as a founding member with a seat on the Board

1993 – Education Law amended allowing referrals for physical and occupational therapy

1993 – Medicaid reimbursement at 100% of the physician’s rate enacted

1997 – Medicare reimbursement at 85% of the physician's rate enacted

1998 – NYSCONP forms a Political Action Committee (PAC)

1999 – NYSCONP hires its first full-time paid executive and professional staff and opens Albany office

2002 – NYSCONP begins doing business as The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (NPA)

2002 – The Practice Area Bill is passed, becoming Chapter 600 of the Laws of 2002

2003 – The Respiratory Therapy Bill enacted allowing Respiratory Therapists to accept orders from NPs

2004 – Clinical Lab Bill is passed

2005 – The NPA grows to 21 Chapters and 7 Regions with over 2,500 Members

2006 – Four bills introduced at the request of The NPA pass both houses of the NYS Legislature: Death Certificates Bill, Patient Restraints Bill, Handicap License Plates Bill and the Medical Emergency Utility Services Bill. Two bills, The Medical Emergency Utility Services Bill and the Handicap License Plates Bill are signed into law.

2008 - NPA Introduces legislation to remove Statutory Collaboration

2009 - NPA forms Strategic Partnership with Nurses Nurses Organization (NSO)♦

♦ 2010 - NPA membership grows to 2800 reaching new heights and achieves regulatory amendments authorizing NPs to conduct eye examinations and complete loss of consciousness with NYS DMV. Global Signature bill introduced within NYS Legislature.♦

2011 - NPA Death Certificate bill passed and signed into law as Chapter 153 of the Laws of 2011

♦ NPA successfully lobby's for Nurse Practitioners to be included in new labor agreement with PEF and CSEA state employee unions to participate in the NYSHIP Empire Plan providing over 121,000 state employees and their families with access to NPs

♦ Association successfully argues for NP inclusion with legislation permitting NPs to participate in Medical Home demonstration programs

♦ Governor's Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) begins work plan to lower costs and improve quality within New York's Medicaid program. NPA proposal to remove statutory collaboration recognized by the MRT Workforce Flexibility and Scope of Practice Sub-Committee as a priority. NPA represented on Workforce

♦ NPA forms Strategic Partner with Fitzgerald Health Associates

2012NPA introduces Mental Health legislation 

♦ Nurse Practitioners Modernization Act (NPMA) passes the Assembly

♦ The NPA particpates in New York State's Health Benefit Exchange Regional Advisory Committee 

♦ Membership grows to 3100+ members with representation from every county in New York State. 

2013Governor Cuomo introduced budgetary language that would eliminate the written practice agreement for NPs practicing in “...only primary care.”

Our Future

Nurse Practitioners have become an essential part of the health care delivery system. With the projected shortage of primary care physicians and an aging population, there will be an increased demand for NPs that will result in more opportunities for NPs in the future.The NPA is committed to protecting and expanding opportunities for NPs and creating NP autonomy by removing barriers that restrict their ability to deliver quality health care.To prepare for the future, the NPA has developed the New Horizons Strategic Plan to chart our course for the future. We have reached out to all levels of our organization, from our members to regional leaders, Chapter Presidents and The Board of Directors, getting input on issues and challenges that are addressed to advance the profession and ensure that our vision of expanded health care becomes a reality.

Our Commitment

The NPA is dedicated to the advancement and protection of NPs and the profession, and to providing the highest quality services to members including representation, advocacy, communication and educational opportunities.

Our Members

The NPA is 3,400+ members strong and growing, with members from virtually every county in New York State practicing in all specialty areas and in many settings, including independent practice, various health care and other settings.