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The mission of the New York League for Nursing is to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation’s health at the constituent level


     "The impetus for the launch of the NYLN came during the 2011 NLN Education Summit”, said Karin Pantel, EdD, RN, CNE, founding NYLN president. A core group met in January, 2012 on a snowy day for an initial planning session. Together, an amazing group of dedicated and passionate nurses and nurse educators collaborated to set a foundation for the NYLN that was sustainable.  A core belief was the necessity of bringing affordable and accessible resources to nurses and nurse educators at the ground level.  In the spring of 2014, the NYLN was granted full affiliate status as a constituent league of the NLN.  We also reached our goal of providing two educational offerings across the state.  In March, we focused on “Technologize your Teaching” in the Albany area, while in November, we considered “Building Bridges, Transforming Practice” in our first research conference.  We continue to strengthen relationships with partners across our state and look forward building a strong and diverse workforce to advance the nation’s health at the constituent level."


President:                           Deborah Merriam DNS, RN, CNE

President-elect:                   Diane Lew-Snider PhD, RN

Secretary:                           Lauren O’Hare PhD, RN

Treasurer:                           Mary Donahue MS, RN

Member Directors:

  • Mary Jane Araldi MS, RN
  • Josette Brodhead MS, RN, CNE
  • Patricia Burke PhD, RNC, CNE
  • Dawn Finney MSN, CNS, RN, PCCN
  • Mary Mattocks MS, RN
  • Karin Pantel  EdD, RN, CNE
  • Kathie Phillips PhD, RN
  • Maureen Reeves MS, RN
  • Barbara Rome MS, RN
  • Nancy Smulsky PhD, RN
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