NEW YORK – On January 1, 2018, Alice Looney, ANP-BC, began her term as President of the Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (The NPA). Ms. Looney has been practicing as an adult health nurse practitioner for 11 years and maintains an active practice in pain management. Her career also includes years of practice in cardiology and bariatric medicine.
A resident of Newburgh, New York, Ms. Looney received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Mount Saint Mary College, where she is currently an adjunct professor. She is on staff at Saint Luke's Cornwall Hospital.
Ms. Looney says, "As a nurse practitioner in active practice, I know first hand the essential role that nurse practitioners have in providing health care to New Yorkers. In addition to providing care, we are also among the trusted sources in the healthcare community that people turn to with questions about pressing health problems affecting them and their families."
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Among current health issues that Ms. Looney will focus on as President of The NPA are the opioid epidemic, diabetes, mental health, and access to care. She says, "We are facing significant health care challenges in New York. Nurse practitioners throughout the state are prepared to provide high quality, evidence based and culturally competent care to the patients we serve – whether that's preventative care or managing complex chronic health conditions. "
The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who have completed advanced education, at a Master's or Doctorate level, plus additional preparation. These professionals are authorized to independently diagnose illness and physical conditions, perform therapeutic and corrective measures, order tests, prescribe medications, devices and immunizing agents, and refer patients to other health care providers. The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (The NPA), the only statewide professional association of nurse practitioners, promotes high standards of healthcare delivery through the empowerment of nurse practitioners and the profession throughout New York State. For more information, visit: www.TheNPA.org.