Nancy J. Macintyre, Ph.D., FNP passed away on July 23, 2007. Nancy was a well know leader and advocate who never missed an opportunity to explain to her many friends, family and members of the legislature about nurse practitioners. She championed the cause that nurse practitioners were essential to the provision of quality health care and worthy of independent reimbursement for their clinical expertise and delivery of patient care. Nancy served as second president of the COONPA, as the NYS NP organization was then known.
Nancy was born in Albany, New York. She received her nursing diploma from Ellis Hospital, School of Nursing (1951). She received her BSN and MA from Teacher's College, Columbia University, NYC. Nancy became an early graduate of the family nurse practitioner program at Albany Medical College (1972). With a lifelong zest for learning, Nancy completed her doctorate in education and social changes from Walden University. Nancy served as Director of the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Albany Medical College (1977-1982). She served as an independent consultant to the New York State Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and the Rensselaer County Medical Society.
Nancy was tenacious in her zeal to unite nurse practitioners across the state. In 1980, along with Ann Loedy, she formed the task force for the professional advancement of nurse practitioners in New York State. The NPA was established in 1980 as a local organization in Albany. Interest in the organization was minimal and had to be disbanded. When Nancy faced disappointment in her struggle, rather than becoming discouraged she forged ahead to gain support of other NPs. In January 1981, came the formation of COONPA, Coalition of Organized Nurse Practitioner Association of NYS, with the main goal of obtaining legislation. During that year, thirteen members from ten regions in the state joined COONPA to advocate and obtain for what so many New York NPs enjoy today; legal authority to practice.
Nancy was the first to organize a NY lobby day to advocate for legislation to authorize NP practice. She produced the first newsletter to keep NY NPs informed and she was the first unofficial executive director to be available to answer any question an individual may have regarding nurse practitioner practice. Countless nurse practitioners across New York State can attest to the guidance they received from Nancy. Throughout her career, Nancy received numerous awards for excellence. Nancy felt that the early struggles in New York should not be left undocumented. She co-authored with Anne Decker, "A Few Strong Women," this book highlights the early history and fight for nurse practitioner legislation in New York State. A copy of the book is available at the center for nursing historical inquiry, at the University of Virginia the center supports historical scholarship in nursing, and is dedicated to the preservation and study of nursing history in the United States. the NPA NP of the Year Annual Award was named in her honor.
Contributors in memory of Nancy:
Patricia McNicholl Quill, NP