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Lobby Day - Improving Patient Access to Care in New York

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April 21, 2012 - HBSON Graduate Students Visit Albany

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NP's with Senator
    (Source:New York State Senator Webpage


On April 21, 2012, in collaboration with the Nurse Practitioners of New York (NPNY), graduate students from Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing boarded a bus to Albany to speak to legislators regarding increasing access to care and using nurses to the full extent of their education and training.

This event was sponsored by the Graduate Student Organization and arranged by the NPNY. A total of 38 graduate students from the ANP/GNP, Psych Mental Health & Nursing Admin track attended. Dr. Beard & Professor Mitzeliotis chaperoned this event.

Upon our arrival we were greeted by Senator Montgomery. Last year Senator Montgomery sponsored the Death Certificate Bill which allows nurse practitioners to sign the death certificate. That bill was signed into law last year and became effective in January of 2012. During Senator Montgomery’s speech she presented a commemorative pen to the NPNY founders Irene Vanslyke and Helen Ruddy along with NPNY members and HBSON students for their instrumental role in getting this bill passed.

She also thanked the students for their continued support in patient advocacy and reminded us that she is a sponsor of the Modernization Act.