Future of Nursing

New York State Action Coalition: An Initiative on the Future of Nursing (NYSAC)

Overview for Founding Partner Organizations

As one of a few selected nursing leaders in NYS, Cathryne A. Welch was instrumental in the development and initiation of the NYS Action Coaltion, originally funded and coordinated through the Institute of Nursing at the Foundation of NYS Nurses. In October 2010, New York State was designated as one of the five initial pilot Action Coalitions to advance the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a collaboration created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) and the AARP Foundation.  The Future of Nursing—NYS Action Coalition (NYSAC) is a nonpartisan entity that is part of a broad national effort to implement the recommendations set forth in the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report:  The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. These recommendations are:

#1:  Remove scope-of-practice barriers so that advanced practice nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training. 

#2: Expand opportunities for nurses to lead and manage collaborative efforts with physicians and other healthcare team members to conduct research and to redesign and improve practice environments and health systems. 

#3: Implement transition-to-practice programs (nurse residencies) for nurses who have completed a degree program or are transitioning into new clinical practice areas.

#4: Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020 and increase the diversity of students to create a workforce prepared to meet the demands of diverse populations across the lifespan.  

#5: Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020 to add to the cadre of nurse faculty and researchers, with attention to increasing diversity.

#6: Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning to gain the competencies needed to provide care for diverse populations across the lifespan.

#7: Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health by assuming leadership positions across all levels of public, private and governmental programs. 

#8: Build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of interprofessional health care workforce data.


Initiative on the Future of Nursing – Campaign for Action

The Campaign for Action, led by RWJF and AARP, endorses Action Coalitions as the primary mechanisms to actualize the IOM’s goals by:

  • Demonstrating broad, nonpartisan support for action on the report recommendations;
  • Encouraging high-level leaders from diverse fields to get involved;
  • Generating significant media attention to the issue nationally and in key communities across the country; and
  • Ensuring involvement on the national, state and local levels.

Purpose and Mission of the New York State Action Coalition (NYSAC) 

The NYSAC is a coalition, composed of a diverse array of stakeholders charged with and working toward transforming health care in New York State through nursing by implementing the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. 

The vision of the NYSAC is that all New Yorkers will have improved access, quality and value in health care through advancing the role of nursing. 

The mission of the NYSAC is to facilitate and provide leadership for the implementation of the eight recommendations set forth in the IOM report within New York State.

The NYSAC Leadership

Leadership for the NYSAC is provided by a Steering Committee, three Lead Teams focused on the priority goals (see above), seven Regional Teams, Strategic Advisory Committee Tactical Support and Operations Services and Administrative Support Services.   The NYSAC is based at the Center for Nursing at the Foundation of NYS Nurses and is  a volunteer organization with its lead administrative support provided by Rochester Regional Health.

Co-leads: The coalition has two nurse co-leads (one upstate and one downstate)   Current co-leads are:

Deborah C. Stamps, EdD, MS, RN, GNP, NE, BC

System Vice President, Quality , Safety & Innovation, Rochester Regional Health

Dr. Stamps is responsible for managing key clinical units and also is responsible for ensuring system integration of nursing leadership, clinical initiatives and high standards of quality care and service. Her involvement in the community is also impressive, having recently been awarded the March of Dimes – New York State Chapter Volunteer of the Year, the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club – 2010 Sojourner Truth Award. This award is the highest recognition this organization bestows and is a national distinction for her many community activities. In 2011 she was inducted in the Monroe Community Colleges’ Alumni Hall of Fame. A 2012 graduate of Leadership Rochester Program. Athena Award Finalist in 2012, and American Heart Association Women of Distinction Award. Dr. Stamps was recently selected as a board member of March of Dimes, is a member of the Finger Lakes Organization of Nurse Executives, The Northeast Regional Director for Chi Eta Phi Sorority, a co-lead for New York State Action Coalition Future of Nursing Campaign for Action. In addition, she has been published in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Procedure Manual, in the Medsurg Nursing Journal and in the Critical Care Journal. She has conducted research on the topic of Horizontal Violence. She earned her certification as a Licensed Practical Nurses from the Educational Opportunity Center, an Associate’s Degree from Monroe Community College, a Baccalaureate Degree from SUNY Brockport, a Master’s Degree from Nazareth College, completed the Nurse Leaders of the Future program at the Wharton School, and her Doctorate in Education, Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College.

Susan Apold, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, FANP

Clinical Professor of Nursing, NYU College of Nursing

Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow

The founding Dean and Professor of Nursing and Health Studies at Concordia College-New York. She is currently Clinical Professor of Nursing at New York University’s College of Nursing. Dr. Apold previously served at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, New York, where she held a number of positions from faculty to Dean of the Department of Nursing and finally as the Vice-President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty.  In that capacity, Dr. Apold developed and implemented both an Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner program. Dr. Apold is the author of a variety of publications, has presented at a number of national conferences and has been awarded over 3 million dollars in HRSA program grants which funded Workforce Diversity and Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students. In 2011, Dr. Apold was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow and in 2014, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  She is a member of the 2013 Cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson’s Executive Nurse Fellowship.  In addition to her work in nursing education, Dr. Apold has served as two terms as President of the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) and The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (The NPA, NY).  Dr. Apold currently sits on the Board of Directors at the AANP and serves as that organization’s Federal Health Policy Committee Chair and serves on the editorial board of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Leadership Team:  The work of the NYSAC to achieve its goals are planned and coordinated by the NYAC Steering Committee through collaborative decision-making with the Lead Teams, Regional Teams and Strategic Advisory Committee.   Steering Committee members represent health care organizations, nursing organizations and academic institutions across the state.

Lead Teams:  There is a Lead Team for each priority goal—Advancing Nursing Education, Advancing Nursing Practice, Advancing Nursing Leadership

Strategic Advisory Committee:  The Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) plays an important advisory role in shaping the implementation plans and provides direct influence to engage stakeholders and policymakers.  The SAC comprised of recognized leaders in an array of arenas such as business, healthcare, academia, and consumer groups.

  • Ronda Kotelchuck, CEO, Primary Care Development Corporation
  • Lorraine Ryan,  Sr. VP, Legal, Regulatory and Professional Affairs, Greater New York Hospital Association
  • Douglas Sansted,  Chief Legal Officer, Crystal Run Health Care
  • Jo Boufford, MD, President, The New York Academy of Medicine
  •  Elizabeth H. Swain, President/Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Care Association of NYS

Regional Teams: There are seven regional teams which coordinate the activities promoting the goals of the NYSAC in their regions.  These regions are:  Greater NY, Long Island, Central NY, Northeastern NY, Northern Metropolitan, NY and Finger Lakes, NY.

Support Services:  Tactical Support and Operations and Administrative Support Services consists of volunteers from various organizations and institutions who offer a variety of services to the NYSAC.

Diversity Team:  

Diversity Tool Kit

 The purpose of the New York State Action Coalition (NYSAC) tool kit is to provide resources that help strengthen the capacity of institutions in New York State to create and sustain a diverse nursing workforce that’s committed to achieving health equity and eliminating disparities in health care.

This Tool Kit provides the following information:

I. Background on research that links diversity, inclusivity, and health equity

II. Demographics of New York State’s nursing workforce

III. Challenges that hinder efforts to strengthen diversity

IV. Best practices for creating inclusive environments and ending health care disparities

V. Recommendations for strengthening diversity in nursing

VI. Grants and scholarships for nursing education

Please click here to access the tool kit.

NYSAC Founding Partners

  • Founding Partners are any organization, business, academic institution, or group who wants to be recognized as part of the strategic alliance focused on achieving the IOM Future of Nursing recommendations to advance the health of New Yorkers through nursing. 
  • Founding Partners are committed to assisting in the achievement of one or more of the IOM report recommendations in New York through collaboration with other coalition partners and the NYSAC leadership groups.
  • Founding Partners provide feedback about their activities to the NYSAC to strengthen network-building in support of the goals.

Founding Partners can also participate in the Coalition as a Sponsor or Funder.  Sponsors and Funders are entities that commit financial support toward the NYSAC.  Please indicate on the attached form if your organization would be willing to be a Sponsor and/or Funder and you will be sent more information on how to provide financial support.

No financial commitment is required to join the NYSAC but Founding Partners must finance own expenses related to involvement (travel, hotel, fees).

What does NYAC provide to Founding Partners?:

1. Founding Partners will receive recognition as a Founding Partner on all NYSAC publications, websites and public events.

2. Founding Partners will receive invitations to participate in all regional or statewide NYSAC activities and receive copies of minutes/proceedings from major meetings.

3.  Founding Partners will be given opportunities to network with other Founding Partners across the state.

4.  Founding Partners will be provided with all educational materials and resources developed by NYSAC.