Jerelyn Peixoto Weiss, RN, FNP, MS, JD

Executive Director of NEF, Jerelyn Weiss has served as a NEF Board Member from 2011 through 2015 and as the NEF Web and Social Media Committee Co-Chair from 2012 through 2015.

Jerelyn Peixoto Weiss is a health care consultant, hospital and nursing administrator, family nurse practitioner, health care policy instructor, and attorney with over 30 years of health care service experience. Her nursing career began as a public health nurse then a family nurse practitioner in California as one of a team of five health care providers who developed and provided primary family care in two migrant farm worker Family Health Centers in the San Joaquin Valley. In 1990 after moving to New York City, she became the director of the Columbia University School of Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She then became the first Director of Advanced Practice Nursing at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She went on to practice law as a medical malpractice defense attorney for McAloon and Friedman, PC, in Manhattan.

Ms. Peixoto Weiss has served as the Clinical Vice President of Executive Health Exams, Intl. in New York City, a national for-profit comprehensive diagnostic screening service where she was responsible for day-to-day clinical operations in the New York City Center, as well as well as the oversight of physicians, nurses, and support staff in the five health centers located in five different states. While in this position, her risk management responsibilities included serving as the privacy officer and conducting in-service classes for the physicians, support staff, and the EHE Board of Directors.

She was an administrative director then in-house consultant for the NLNAC accreditation at the Cochran School of Nursing, in Yonkers, New York. As a consultant she created a health care consulting business and was the Project Health Care Consultant for the nonprofit American Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) in New York where she produced a systems analysis of AICF’s New York City - five borough multiple mobile mammography services.

Her teaching experience includes classroom, national seminars, and distance learning on nursing care, and health care related legal issues. She has published numerous articles and written the chapter entitled “Preparation for Leadership – Legal and Regulatory Considerations for Safe Patient Care” in Today’s Nursing Leader – Managing, Succeeding, and Excelling; and edited several legal books for nurses and nurse practitioners.

Ms. Weiss has a Juris Doctorate degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, California; a Master of Science in the Science of Family Health Care from the University of California’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Davis, California; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with public health and school nursing lifetime certifications from the University of California School of Nursing in San Francisco, California.