Membership and recruiting was discussed. We have some new members but still know the majority of NPs in this region are not involved. At the state level, there is grassroots movement for membership and involvement for full practice authority.
The legislative meeting will be held 9/11/17. Cathy will ask Moss Free Clinic if we can use their space again this year. We will make a donation as a gesture of thanks. We will provide finger foods: shrimp cocktail, cheese and crackers, veggie tray and humus will be supplied, drinks will be tea and water. The legislators don’t drink alcohol at these events, so we will not buy that this year.
We will invite the mayor, Mary Katherine Greenlaw, some of our physician supporters and send out an email to the NPs at the hospital to invite them. We will send evites to legislators, delegates and senator. Paper invites will follow to those who don’t respond, followed by a phone call to confirm they got the invite and whether or not they can make it.
We need to emphasize the impact of NPs on physician practices, the benefits and cost saving to them as well as patient satisfaction. The lawyer representing the VCNP has voiced this to the Med society of VA well so far. MDs will also be getting vignettes from NPs affected by their lack of independent practice. Our talking points are on the VCNP website.
The VCNP annual conference will be in Reston this year, and space is limited, so the offerings will also be limited.
Danielle had to step down as president elect. Timmye is willing to take over conference committee next year, but the position will be posted to see if anyone else is interested. Linda is willing to be president elect, but that position will also be posted.
Membership is considering consolidating membership cycles to once a year. They are considering a 1 time 18 month off-cycle fee to get everyone on the same cycle to decrease cost and confusion.
Financial- Tiffany gave our local treasury report. The VCNP contract with Easter was renewed.
The Night of 1000 Pies fundraiser for Empowerhouse is Saturday 8/26/17 7-10 pm at Dr O’Grady’s home. Tiffany, Cherie, Linda and Cathy are interested in attending. An email to membership will go out to see if anyone else is interested.
Fredericksburg will host a local CE conference again in 2019. The MWHC venue was nice, Friday might not be a good day to have it. We discussed having participants “pay” with a donation to the charity at the time of registration so they are invested in coming.
Linda circulated the list of possible speakers to see if anyone felt strongly about any of them so she can report back to the state conference committee.
Submitted 7/13/17 JPSF