Dear NPA Member,
During this hectic time when many of you are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic across New York State, The NPA wants to remind you that we are here to support you. From answering your practice questions to keeping you informed about the ever-evolving situation, we are here for you and more.
Please be rest assured that the administrative staff is still available to take your phone calls, answer your emails and provide any other assistance you made need. If you are in need of practice assistance, please submit your questions to Info@TheNPA.org and we will assist you in getting an answer.
You may also find updates on the New York State Department of Health's website - https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
The NPA thanks and appreciates every nurse practitioner dealing with this unprecedented situation. Our NPA community must especially remain together now so that we remain safe to take care of our patients and families.
David Goede, DNP, ACNP-BC
Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP, FAANP
Latest Executive Order Update and Impact on Nurse Practitioners
As part of the State’s continued efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 23, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order (EO) 202.10, which has a particular focus on the health professions in New York State. Among other things, the EO ensures that Nurse Practitioners will be able to provide aid during the COVID-19 response and temporarily removes certain administrative barriers to practice until at least April 22, 2020.
For example, according to the EO waives:
- “Subdivision (3) of Section 6902 of Education Law, and any associated regulations, including, but not limited to, Section 64.5 of Title 10 of the NYCRR, to the extent necessary to permit a nurse practitioner to provide medical services appropriate to their education, training and experience, without a written practice agreement, or collaborative relationship with a physician, without civil or criminal penalty related to a lack of written practice agreement, or collaborative relationship, with a physician, without civil or criminal penalty”; (emphasis added) and
- additional provisions of the Education Law “to the extent necessary to provide that” NPs and other key healthcare professionals “shall be immune from civil liability for any injury or death alleged to have been sustained directly as a result of an act or omission by such medical professional in the course of providing medical services in support of the State’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, unless it is established that such death or injury was caused by the gross negligence of such medical professional.”
The NPA is pleased that the State of New York recognizes the valuable contributions Nurse Practitioners make to the health of New Yorkers. The NPA is in regular contact with both the State Education Department and the Department of Health. If either agency issues clarifying guidance, The NPA will keep you apprised.
At this time, we’d like to remind you of the importance of The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State community and to keep your membership and profile current by visiting us at www.TheNPA.org
Dave Goede, DNP, ACNP, President
Joy Elwell, DNP, FNP, FAAN, FAANP, Governmental Affairs Chair
Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP, FAANP, Executive Director