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VCNP Southwest Region Summer Social

VCNP SW Region wants to know more of our regional colleagues!!

At our last regional meeting, we decided to forego summer business meetings and opted for monthly social gatherings May through August.

I invite you and all of your APRN colleagues (VCNP and non-VCNP members) to join us on May 21, 2023, for a late spring afternoon of networking and getting to know each other at Davis Valley Winery and Distillery. Open from 12-5 on Sundays, the venue is located at 1127 Davis Valley Rd, Rural Retreat, VA (276-686-8855).

June, July, and August dates and locations are TBA. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. We are excited to learn more about you and the offerings our beautiful region has to offer!

We hope to meet as many of you, our APRN family this summer as possible. Help us learn more about our valuable nursing resources in the SW region. So, if you can join us for 1,2, or all 4 social gatherings we’d love to have you.

I hope to see you and your friends in person on Sunday, May 21!

Carole Everhart, DNP

Pres. SW Region



Phone: 276-733-6064

VDH Request – Tick Borne Disease Work Group

VDH has requested a volunteer primary care NP to participate in a Tick Borne Disease Work Group. 

  • There will be approximately five meetings through the Summer.
  • The first meeting will be held on Monday, May 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. at a location in Richmond. 
  • Future meeting dates will be scheduled with input from the work group members and will include virtual options. 
  • Click here for information from the 2023 Session regarding the development of the work group, timeline, and purpose. 

If you have questions or are interested in participating, please reply to this email or contact VCNP staff at

AANPCB Expands Recertification Requirement Options

To better fit the scope of clinically focused roles available to NPs today, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) updated its requirements for recertification by practice and CE, effective April 1. To qualify for recertification by practice and CE, a certificant must complete a minimum of 1,000 practice hours as an NP in the population-focus of their certification, within their five-year certification period. In addition to a direct patient care role, eligible practice hours can now include administrative, educational and research roles. Additional information can be found on the AANPCB website.

Health Commissioner Update: Meningococcal Disease Outbreak Update, Invasive Group A Strep Infections

Attached is a letter from Dr. Colin Greene, Virginia State Health Commissioner, which was distributed to practitioners across the Commonwealth as well as to several state medical associations and organizations. 

This information is also available on the VDH Resources for Health Care Professionals web page.

2023 VCNP Member Survey

The VCNP Membership Committee is excited to distribute a survey to its members to evaluate our members’ needs and compare them to our current member benefits. The results will impact future services and benefits. Be on the lookout for more information by email and make sure to take the survey! Your response will help us better understand your needs, and you can enter for a chance to win an Amazon gift card! 


HB 2183: HWI Subcommittee Update

During yesterday’s House Health, Welfare & Institutions subcommittee, House Bill 2183 failed to move forward after a tie vote. With support from the Governor’s Office and our patron, Delegate Roxann Robinson, VCNP is working through the legislative process. HB 2183, like all legislation, is not dead until the General Assembly adjourns in March. 

We thank all of you for your support and will continue to update you on legislative developments. The General Assembly moves and changes quickly. Look to VCNP to provide the latest updates.

If you have questions about the legislative process, please contact us at