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Fredericksburg Region VCNP board meeting minutes 7/15/19

The programs for the year are set!

August: Lapetite on a drug to reverse new anticoagulants

Sept: Legislative reception @ Moss Free Clinic

Oct:  Dr Sherwood speaking on robotic surgery, place TBA

Nov: New guidelines for TAVR, place TBA

Dec: Dr Mauer to speak, place TBA

The legislative will be held 9/16/19 at the Moss Free Clinic.  Invitations will be sent out, Cathy Duncan will contact the VCNP, as they have helped with this in the past.  We plan to send out electronic save-the-dates.  (Wine, water, iced tea, shrimp cocktail, cheese platter, veggie platter.)  Invitations to ALL NPs, CRNAs, mayor, CEO of MWH, admin of Moss Clinic

PR:  Article planned for The Front Porch on “Unsung Heros of Healthcare”.  Featuring NPs varied roles delivering health care, helping to expand access to health care for patients, highlighting our philanthropy and local programs, as well as our connection to and influence on legislation.  Also emphasizing the change in the state regarding independent practice!

Timmes Ross- PR, will be getting admin rights from Michele Earnest so she can add pictures to our facebook page and look into Instagram.  She reminded everyone to use the # at the bottom of any picture you submit with #FredericksburgNP or #NursePractitioner, so when people scroll or search, they will be more likely to come across our info!

Night of 1000 pies, 8/24/19 from 7-10pm.  Philanthropy to go towards Empowerhouse.  Consider “Dream For You”- a philanthropy project that supports an underpriviledged high school student in Spotsylvania, Louisa or Orange towards a degree in STEAM or healthcare track.

Nicole Brooks suggesting a membership newsletter.  A summary to members regarding local programs and philanthropy as well as updates on legislative happenings- GREAT suggestion Nicole!

 

Fredericksburg Region VCNP meeting minutes 6/10/19

Presentation regarding Aimovig for migraines

Our next meeting will be in August, with a speaker regarding reversing the new anticoagulants.

There is a push for attestation with possible U-tube video involvement.  Discussion regarding increasing continuing education availability, access to VCNP websites.

PR- writer for the Front Porch article would like to feature our local VCNP group possibly regarding attestation.

Consider a July Board meeting- with attestation documents and a picture for our facebook page or the VCNP website.

The VCNP will be changing the conference venue to a new one in Norfolk.

Membership numbers have rebounded, goal is to reach up to #2020 in 2020. There is talk of extending the student fee for the first year in practice.

Legislative reception:  There are 140 members up for re-election.  Consider dates 9/9/19 or 9/16/19.

Treasurer report.

Philanthropy: We are sponsoring the Cancer walk, Tiffany and Linda will attend and may be provided with a water station- banner will be displayed.

Submitted 7/11/19 JPSF

 

Fredericksburg Region VCNP meeting minutes 4/8/19

Our officers are now:

President:  Linda Hazelgren

President Elect:  Vacant

Past President:  Cherie Wright

Program Chair: Lisa Keel

Public Relations: Timmye Ross

Conference Chair:  Hishani Perera

Membership:  Nicole Brooks

Secretary:  Piper Schlesser-Foresman

Treasurer: Tiffany Simons

Legislative Chair:  Cathy Duncan

Timmye talked to a writer for the Front Porch who is interested in writing and article in the future.  Amy Sales of the VCNP with commonwealth PR can help with writing a local article on NPs.

We do not know if we will have a sponsor for the 5/2019 program.  A program is set for June on Migraines. The nephrology group, specifically Dr Nouraldeen would like to do a CKD talk.

Cathy Duncan is wanting to have a legislative meeting again in September.  Possible dates are 9/9 or 9/16.

Submitted 7/11/19 JPSF

3/11/19 Fredericksburg region board meeting

The frequency and offerings of the monthly meetings was discussed.  Consideration of having large venue meetings with CEs a few times a year vs dinner meetings monthly was discussed.  Since we have meetings already set for April, May and June, it was decided that we would plan a larger venue meeting in July with CEs, a speaker or two and see how that goes.  Cardiology Associates of Fredericksburg was considered as our first choice since the doctors offered to host a meeting for us in the past.  Tiffany will talk with her co-worker about contacting CAF to host the meeting, then we will decide about catering, and speakers.  After that event, we will regroup in August to get ready for our September legislative event at the Moss Clinic.  Mailings to reach all NPs in the Fredericksburg area, and the barriers to increased members or participants was discussed.

 

During the July event and the Legislative event, we plan to have postcards from the VCNP with bulletpoints regarding: what does the VCNP do for you?  How do I get involved?

Plan a celebration of autonomous practice NPs.

 

Board Members for 3/2019- 3/2020:

President:  Linda Hazelgren

President-elect:   Vacant

Program chair:  Lisa Keel (with assistance from new member Natalia Giscomb-Simons)

Public Relations:  Timmye Ross

Conference Chair:  Hishani Perera

Membership:  Nicole Brooks

Treasurer:  Tiffany Simons

Secretary:  Piper Schlesser-Foresman

Legislative Chair:  Cathy Duncan

 

Submitted 3/12/19  JPSF

Fredericksburg region meeting minutes 10/8/18 and 11/12/18

Hishani agreed to take on the Conference Committee position.

Karen reported that if you have not renewed your membership, please do so ASAP.  Membership numbers are down all across the state, possibly due to the new cycle with increased fees that was not explained well via media.

Remember to contribute to the PAC.

NP week is 11/12-11/19/18.

Cherie distributed blue ribbons to wear for NP awareness.

The state bylaws are changing regarding elections.  VCNP want uniform elections across the state.

Linda has been elected president, she will serve one year,  then the president will serve a 2 year term after that.

State conference nominations are due.

The Fredericksburg region needs to develop a timeline for the conference in March.  Any significant happenings in the region should be put on the timeline.  Piper agreed to start the time line, since she has been the secretary since inception.

Karen questioned if everyone received the email survey, and asked everyone to be sure to complete it.

Our regional membership is #58

We have purchased a list of the NPs in VA from the state for communication purposes.

Easter Associates is looking into an automatic renewal application.

A special interest group of NPs for independent practice is forming.  This would be helpful even if you never plan to work completely independently.

in December, the joint boards of nursing and medicine will meet in Richmond to discuss HB 793 and the attestation form.  There will be a $100 fee for attestation.  9,000 hours will be required for attestation.

In the future, NPs will not need a separate license for prescriptive authority, this is being eliminated.

Tiffany reports the treasury has received thank you notes from Empower House and Micah Ministries for the contributions made to them for our philanthropy this year.

The next meeting will be 12/10/18 place TBD, on injectable migraine med.

Submitted 11/14/18 JPSF

 

Fredericksburg Region VCNP meeting minutes 9/10/18

Membership is now an 18 month membership.  Several members have not renewed.

The board will be sending out a letter with their accomplishments to make NPs aware of all they have done advocating for us.  This will be accompanied by a letter reminding NPs to renew their membership or sign up if they have never been a member.

We had 2 philanthropy projects this quarter.  The Night of 1000 Pies was a yummy success with a VCNP banner displayed prominently at the party.  Members also got to speak with and thank Speaker Howell for his help with Bill 793.  Our “scholarship” for a food service worker has yet to be acknowledged by Micah Ministries.  Tiffany will follow up and make sure the check was cashed and made it to the right place.

Government Relations- Bill 793 was passed with the 9,000 hours of experience stipulation.

All NPS will need to do an attestation that they have practiced and have over 9,000 hours of experience which will then need to be signed by their collaborating physician.  This will go in their file and not need to be done again if they don’t change specialties.

Hopefully the VCNP will put an Attestation template on their website, to facilitate the uniform language of this document for all NPs.

An attorney has been hired for the VCNP.  Winifred Carson-

Linda Hazelgren is the incoming president and will start 3/2019.

Conference Committee position is vacant.

2 DNP scholarships were awarded, but no one in our group got one.  Hishani shared that the scholarship required the student to have already completed 18 credits toward their degree before they could be eligible.  Delisa will look into this requirement to verify.  Hopefully Hishani can apply next semester.

Submitted 9/12/18 JPSF

Fredericksburg region VCNP meeting minutes 5/14/18

The state board meeting convened 6/2/18.

At present, we have a vacancy for the president elect position.

The state board of health professions is discussing how to implement the new legislative information.

We now have 58 members, 19 have not yet renewed.

Conference chair? no report/absent.

Next program is at Brock’s regarding CPAP 6/11/18.

Timmye Ross received a Founder’s award at the VCNP conference in March.

 

Submitted 8/19/18 JPSF

Fredericksburg VCNP meeting minutes 8/13/18

Karen reminded everyone to pay their dues, which are now on a once a year rotation.

Bill 793 was signed, including the wording of 5,000 clinical hours with physician collaboration before being independent of that collaboration.

Please send money to the VCNP PAC to support our lobbyist and all the work they do on our behalf.

Philanthropy was discussed.  We have been invited again to a night of a thousand pies to support Empowerhouse.  Since the last meeting was so many months ago, no decision was made whether to donate a “scholarship” for a homeless person to go through training in food service with the Corner Café in Fredericksburg, or to support Empowerhouse.

A decision was made unanimously that we would donate to both:

$250 “Whoopie Pie” level to A Night of a Thousand Pies to support Empowerhouse, and $600 to Micah Ministries to sponsor one individual through the program to become certified in food service.  The motion was made by Timmye Ross, seconded by Michele Porthouse and agreed upon by all members present at the meeting.

Brenda has monthly meetings scheduled through January.

Linda Hazelgren has volunteered to be our president elect.

 

Submitted 8/19/18 JPSF

Fredericksburg region VCNP meeting minutes 3/12/18

The bill went to the governor. The MSV sent another amendment.  Please contact the governor and voice your commitment to pass the bill with NO amendment.

Tiffany will drop off socks to the Riverbend school counselors to get them to the Massapponax High School “market” for homeless students.

Our next philanthropy project was discussed.

Piper brought forth Micah Ecumenical Ministries, the combined ministry and mission of 9 downtown churches, who have started the Micah Community Café.  This is a fast casual restaurant in downtown Fredericksburg.  Guests are greeted at the door with a menu and have a few choices of food items that will change week to week.  The client places and order and has a chance to make a donation, but this is not required.  This café operates on a pay-what-you-can structure and is open to anyone.  The idea is that community business people will be eating in the same café as the homeless person who slept on the street last night.  Guests receive a number, and food is brought to them by the volunteers.  Food prep is handled by our current and formerly homeless who are learning to work in a restaurant.  After completing a 5 week program, the participants have basic food-service skills, are Servesafe certified, have a reference and get assistance finding a permanent job.  With the café, all members of the community share a common space, helping to equip people with barriers to employment gain valuable experience for mainstream jobs.

$600 will sponsor an individual through the café training program.  We can designate our gift as a “Café Scholarship” and make a check out to Micah Ecumenical Ministries from the Fredericksburg VCNP.  It can be mailed to PO box 3277, Fredericksburg VA 22401.  Anyone can volunteer at Micah by calling 540-470-4116.

This was voted on and accepted by all members present as our philanthropy project for the second half of 2018.

Veltassa was presented by a nephrologist from Northern VA at Brock’s Riverside Restaurant.

Submitted 3/16/18 JPSF

 

Fredericksburg Region meeting minutes 2/12/18

HB793 bill passed the committee, subcommittee and house.  Discussion was regarding physician attestation in the area of your licensure, your plan for referrals, It is a complex plan that includes 10,000 hours for full practice, you must prove malpractice insurance.  Discussion about licensure vs certification.

Most feel it is a “good step” toward full scope of practice, working toward a less restrictive bill to get through the senate which should be completed in about 3 weeks.

VCNP hired Wendy Carlson, attorney from Maryland to represent us.

The VNA is supportive.

The Department of Health Professions has some say in this as well.

CareforVA.com is a website that spells out the bill and contact information for NPs to contact their legislators.  It includes information on what an NP does and is paid for and sponsored by the VCNP.

March 8-11 VCNP conference in Reston.  We will need to put together a basket for the raffle.  usually about $150.

__Our present philanthropy project is providing socks for the homeless shelter.

We’ll discuss Treasure House, Micah café scholarship, Mental Health America, Safe Harbor, Senior Visitors, all as possible future philanthropy projects.

One time per year membership is in effect.

We presently have 74 members.

Next meeting is 3/12/18 at Brocks.

Submitted 2/16/18 JPSF