General Assembly established the Nursing Preceptor Incentive Program (NPIP) to provide financial incentives for practitioners who serve as otherwise uncompensated preceptors for APRN students to help increase access to care, address the primary care shortage, handle mental health crises, and manage chronic diseases. All of these factors are crucial in improving the health and wellness of all Virginians.
Thank you for voting in the 2022-2024 VCNP State Executive Committee Election. Voting information was distributed to VCNP members who are eligible to vote and ballot instructions were provided on the VCNP website from November 1 to November 15, 2021. Results will be shared with the Nominations & Awards Committee Chair, Kristen Johnson, for verification, then presented to the VCNP Board of Directors at their January Board meeting. Join us at the 2022 VCNP Annual Conference to welcome in your new leadership at the Friday afternoon membership luncheon!
Thank you for voting, VCNP!
VCNP Lynchburg received a regional proclamation for NP Week 2021. Click below for a picture of regional members and leadership displaying their proclamation, for which they received a standing ovation at the City of Lynchburg Council meeting after the announcement by Mayor Dolan.
Pictured are (L to R) Allison Helgeson, Morgan McDowell, Sybil Bradley-Dallas, Yvette Alexander, and Gabby Crawford.
VCNP President, Becky Compton, and VCNP President Elect, Olivia Newby have a message for all NPs!
VCNP President Elect and Tidewater Region Immediate Past President, Olivia Newby, provided an op-ed piece in the The Virginian-Pilot titled, “Help nurse practitioners continue their essential work” published November 7, 2021.
VCNP Leadership is excited to share the goals that came out of the annual strategic plan process for the 2021-2022 year.
On June 19, 2021, the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (VCNP), the statewide professional organization for all nurse practitioners licensed in Virginia, conducted its annual leadership retreat. More than 35 board members, committee members and others from the association gathered to discuss goals and accompanying strategies and tactics for VCNP’s four core pillars, Government Relations, Membership, Education and Public Relations. During the retreat, participants divided into small groups to review each committee’s SWOT analysis from 2020-2021 and provide feedback and input for the coming year. This information, combined with details of the previous year’s strategic plan, was used to develop VCNP’s 2021-2022 strategic plan. Below is a link to the list of committee goals that came out of those discussions.
VCNP members vote November 1 – 15 in the State Executive Committee Election for our 2022 – 2024 Board leadership.
Click the link before for instructions on how to vote!
VCNP Nominations for State Leadership
VCNP Awards Committee Chair,Kristen Johnson, MSN, RN, AG-ACNP-BC
VCNP Nominations & Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2022-2024 term for the following state positions: President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Are you interested in becoming part of the VCNP state leadership, or know someone who is? Complete a Nomination Form and email to email@example.com by September 30.
If you have already submitted a nomination, you do not need to submit again.
The current Secretary and Treasurer have met their term limits and cannot serve a third term in their current position. However, they can be elected to serve in a different executive committee position, if nominated.
NOTE: THIS IS FOR THE STATE LEADERSHIP ONLY. Members will receive a request for the nominations for regional leadership from their regional Nominations & Awards representative, if their region is holding an election.
Governor Northam will not renew the COVID state of emergency when it expires on June 30. This means that Virginia’s NPs will need a practice agreement or autonomous practice licensure beginning July 1. Thanks to the success of House Bill 1737, NPs with at least two years of clinical experience are eligible to apply for autonomous practice licensure. The application has been updated on the Board of Nursing web site, and applications are now being accepted.
If you have at least two years of clinical experience (equivalent to 3,600 hours), you have two options –
- Apply for autonomous practice licensure
- Re-enter a practice agreement
Please note that you will receive an email when you application is approved. You will not receive a new license until your next license renewal.
NPs with 2+ years experience – Apply for autonomous practice or re-enter a practice agreement by July 1
Beginning July 1, NPs with at least two years of clinical experience are eligible to apply for autonomous practice licensure, thanks to the success of House Bill 1737. Assuming the state of emergency ends on June 30 as Governor Northam has indicated, this means Virginia’s NPs will no longer be able to practice without a practice agreement or autonomous practice licensure as of July 1. If you have at least two years of clinical experience (equivalent to 3,600 hours), you have two options –
- Apply for autonomous practice licensure
- Re-enter a practice agreement
If you have at least five years of practice experience, please submit your autonomous practice application now.
For NPs with 2+ years experience, although we are waiting for the Board of Nursing to update the autonomous practice application, we encourage you to begin collecting information now. The BON has indicated it will begin accepting applications on June 15, which is important for NPs who will not have a practice agreement in place on July 1. The BON has also indicated it will provide an updated application by mid-June which will be available on the BON website.
While autonomous practice may not benefit you in your current job, applying for this licensure shows your commitment to the NP profession and provides you with flexibility for the future. Legislators will be reviewing these numbers during this fall’s Joint Board Study and considering this information when evaluating future legislation including VCNP’s 2022 bill.
Is the 2-year regulation temporary?
Although HB 1737 has a re-enactment clause that means the bill will expire July 1, 2022, VCNP plans to introduce legislation during the 2022 General Assembly session to make the 2+ year requirement permanent. It’s important for NPs who are eligible to apply for autonomous practice as soon as possible to show legislators how desirable this licensure is to Virginia’s NPs.
What if I’ve ended my practice agreement but haven’t submitted my autonomous practice application?
Virginia Code section 54.1-2957(G) allows NPs to continue to practice for up to 60 days upon meeting certain criteria: “In the event a physician who is serving as a patient care team physician dies, becomes disabled, retires from active practice, surrenders his license or has it suspended or revoked by the Board, or relocates his practice such that he is no longer able to serve, and a nurse practitioner is unable to enter into a new practice agreement with another patient care team physician, the nurse practitioner may continue to practice upon notification to the designee or his alternate of the Boards and receipt of such notification. Such nurse practitioner may continue to treat patients without a patient care team physician for an initial period not to exceed 60 days, provided the nurse practitioner continues to prescribe only those drugs previously authorized by the practice agreement with such physician and to have access to appropriate input from appropriate health care providers in complex clinical cases and patient emergencies and for referrals. The designee or his alternate of the Boards shall grant permission for the nurse practitioner to continue practice under this subsection for another 60 days, provided the nurse practitioner provides evidence of efforts made to secure another patient care team physician and of access to physician input.”
What does the autonomous practice application entail?
The process is fairly simple and includes submitting the following information with your application –
- Application with required $100 fee
- Current NP license in good standing (if out of state)
- Evidence of current national professional certification
- Evidence of 2 years full time clinical experience (at least 1,800 hours per year for total of 3,600 hours)
What if I can’t get my collaborating physician to sign the attestation?
In the event you are unable to get the required signature(s), you can provide other evidence to attest to your years of practice. Other evidence includes official records of employment, military service, Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement or other similar records verifying full-time clinical practice in the role category as a licensed/certified nurse practitioner.
I don’t have plans to open my own practice, and my hospital system is still figuring out how to manage NPs with autonomous practice. Why should I apply?
As we’ve learned over the last 14 months, the future is unpredictable. Autonomous practice gives you flexibility for the future and allows you to volunteer without a practice agreement. We’ve also heard from NPs with autonomous practice licensure who have been able to take on second jobs during the pandemic without needing a practice agreement. Finally, it’s important for NPs who are eligible to apply to show legislators how desirable this licensure is to Virginia’s NPs. Legislators will be looking at autonomous practice numbers this fall as they consider future legislation including VCNP’s 2022 bill.
What if I have questions or need assistance completing my application?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll connect you with a VCNP member to guide you through the application process.