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Northern Metropolitan Region

The NorMet Region of NYSAC is comprised of seven counties:

Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester.


Regional Initiatives, Committees and Membership


BSN 80-20 Committee

The focus of this committee is IOM Recommendation #4: to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree by 2020.  In this effort, this committee has developed the Aspiring Protégé Toolkit to enhance retention of RN to BSN students. This program has gained much momentum with its unique approach to mentoring through its self-learning format and adaptability for use for both protégés and mentors. For more information about the Aspiring Protégé Toolkit or to schedule an information session, please contact Lisa Summers-Gibson ( or Mary Milani, Co-Chairs.

Click here to download the Aspiring Protégé Toolkit.


NorMet Ambassador Team

NorMet Ambassadors focus their efforts on outreach through education of the IOM initiatives and NYSAC mission. They participate in networking opportunities and increase membership involvement or participation at regional nursing or community events. The team is in the process of developing a comprehensive NorMet Ambassador Program and Toolkit to enhance education efforts for nurses and regional stakeholders regarding the IOM and regional initiatives. For more information or to become a NorMet Region Ambassador, please contact Deb Hunt ( or Roxy Raffa (, Co-Chairs.


Leadership Committee

The emphasis of the Leadership Committee is on IOM Recommendation #7: to prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health. The committee is currently focused on the development of an introductory education program to prepare nurses to serve on boards. More information to follow as this program continues to evolve!  For more information or to join in this effort, please contact  Carol Wanyo ( and Karin Pantel (, Co-Chairs.


Building Bridges and Collaborative Partnerships

The NorMet Region is comprised of a diverse membership of nurses and community members who span regional nursing, education, healthcare and other professional organizations that have joined together in support of the Future of Nursing and its efforts to improve heathcare.  For more information or to join, please contact Deb Hunt (, Roxy Raffa ( or Paula Graham (, Co-Leads of the NorMet Region.

News and Updates

  • Dinner with Sue Hassmiller at NYONEL’s 2018 Annual Leadership Conference in Tarrytown, NY                                             
  • The next Future of Nursing NYS Action Coalition (NYSAC) Northern Metropolitan Region biannual meeting will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at Mercy College, Main Hall, Room 211. Susan Apold, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, Co-Lead of NYSAC will be in attendance to discuss a new direction and opportunities for the Coalition.  Dr. Apold is currently the Clinical Professor of Nursing at New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing and is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow.                                                                                                                                          Please SAVE THE DATE!!!! More information to follow.  Feel free to invite friends, colleagues, students or anyone who might be interested in attending.  Special thanks to Mercy College, Department of Nursing for hosting and Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Omega Chapter for sponsoring.
  • An article pertaining to the need for RN to BN programs in the Hudson Valley was featured in the Daily Freeman. Kathy Nokes, on behalf of the NorMet Leadership Committee, provided a response to the editor, which was also published. To view the response and article, click here.

Regional Co-Leads:

Deborah Hunt


Roxanna (Roxy) Raffa


Paula Graham


New York State Action Coalition

c/o Center for Nursing

2113 Western Ave.

Guilderland, NY 12084

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