July 9, 2010

On June 24, 2010, the Do-Not- Resuscitate bill authorizing  Nurse Practitioners to execute orders not to resuscitate passed the New York State Senate in an overwhelming bipartisan vote. The bill will be next sent to the Governor’s office for his signature into law. Our attention needs to now turn to the Governor’s office as our work is not finished until this bill is signed into law by Governor Paterson. Once on the Governor’s desk he will have 10 days to act on it.

This is very exciting news and another step forward in broadening our scope of practice for all Nurse Practitioners as well as a means of enhancing the quality of care that we provide to our patients, families and community.

To help move this bill into law please sent your letters of support to the Governor’s office at; David A. Paterson, State Capital, Albany, N.Y. 12224.

Anna M. Acee, EdD, ANP-BC, PMHNP