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2022-2024 Call for Nominations

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 vcnp@vcnp.net 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.

Fredericksburg Region VCNP Board Meeting 8/30/21

Planning a “Meet-your-NP” event, which has changed several times now due to rising Covid rates.

Talk to Samantha/Rachel about a “Yoga in the Park” session- meet your NP for October ( possibly 10/18/21). Mary Washington Park- bring water bottles, consider sticker labels with some NP info on the bottles, possibly small essential oil to give participants. Timmye will check with the “Scenter of Town” on the oils available. Linda will check with Rachel/Samantha on the yoga instruction.

Nominations to go out. We need a president elect after Rachel Farrar steps in as president.

Although we can’t be together in person, VCNP is committed to serving it’s members and providing member-exclusive benefits. We discussed CME options since we are unable to have a CME gathering locally. Also, the Legislative meeting this year will be postponed due to rising Covid numbers and restrictions on gatherings.

Piper suggested our local VCNP group send out the invitation she received from local endocrinology PA Scott Urquart for the 4th Annual Advanced Practice Collaborative virtual interactive conference to be held September 10-11, 2021.

A blast email invitation for the conference went out to the Mary Washington Healthcare PAs and NPs, as well as to all the VCNP members of the Fredericksburg Region including the code to cover the cost of the conference which was provided by Scott for all to use.

VCNP dues are due! Make sure your membership dues do not lapse!

Submitted 9/1/21 JPSF

Call for Nominations – Due 8/18!

Now Accepting Nominations for 2021 Richmond VCNP Awards for Donna Campanella Distinguished NP, Outstanding NP Student, and Outstanding NP Preceptor

Attention Richmond Region VCNP Members!

Please consider nominating a fellow Richmond VCNP member for one of the following awards! Award recipients will be announced at the September 18th Richmond Pharmacology conference and will receive $250!

1. Donna Campanella Distinguished Nurse Practitioner Award
Purpose – To honor a member who has demonstrated excellence and initiative in one or more of the following categories:
**Clinical Practice
**Leadership
**Research
**Contributions to the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners on either the local or state levels.

2. Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Student Award
Purpose: To honor a student member who shows exceptional motivation and significant potential in contributing to the role of nurse practitioner. Nominees should demonstrate excellence and initiative in one or more of the following categories:
**Clinical Practice
**Leadership
**Research

3. Outstanding NP Preceptor Award
Purpose- To honor a member who has shown outstanding dedication to the preceptor role in cultivating the learning and professional growth of future generations of nurse practitioners.

Eligibility: All award nominees must be a VCNP member and nominated by a VCNP member.
Required nomination materials for these awards include: A letter of nomination describing how the nominee meets the purpose outlined for this awardCurrent resume of the nomineeAdditional letters of support can be from a non-VCNP member

Completed nomination materials should be sent to Mimi Flemmer no later than August 18th, 2021. vcnpRVAawards@gmail.com

*Incomplete packets will not be accepted

Tidewater Chapter

Tidewater: About Us

We are an active chapter with a lot in store for the upcoming season. For those interested in becoming a member, renewing their membership or are just curious, here are just a few examples of the many activities and opportunities held within the TW region. They include NP Sip & Socials, TW-“Bring a guest” events, student-focused workshops, annual Pharmacology & Educational Symposiums, scholarships, preceptor & member awards, Advocacy receptions w/ local legislators & nominees, Career development via leadership, networking & doctoral student project opportunities, community outreach events, continuing education credits, membership dinners, virtual meetups and much more!

Tidewater: What’s happening

VCNP EVENTS CALENDAR– Tidewater events will be posted on the VCNP.net Events Calendar page. This can be found at: https://www.vcnp.net/event-calendar/

For the latest on chapter events, organizational insights & legislative updates – Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VCNPTidewater or on Instagram @VCNP.Tidewater

Tidewater’s Fall Annual Continuing Education Conference *

The Coastal Virginia Pharmacology & Educational Symposium

*ANCC Approved Continuing Education Credited Event

                               Register Today! 
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Join us for…
Hampton Roads Advocacy Hours

VCNP in collaboration with VNA Hampton Roads Chapter presents..

September 30th, October 7th & October 14th, 2021

Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Nurses from across Virginia will have the opportunity to meet with legislators to exchange ideas and explore solutions to improve access to healthcare in the Commonwealth. Please join us for this FREE event open to all members of the healthcare community.

Three virtual & interactive sessions are being held to have your questions answered and to hear how these candidates plan to represent your professional interests during the upcoming term. You will be able to submit your questions in writing upon registering and are encouraged to sign up for one or more event dates listed below. 

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We look forward to your participation as we advocate with our colleagues during these upcoming legislative forums. 

For questions please contact: 

Jessica Waddell, NP 

Tidewater Government Relations Chair 

e-mail: jesswaddell24@hotmail.com or govrelations02@tidewatervcnp.com


VCNP Tidewater Region- Upcoming Member & Networking Events


Nominations for Scholarship & Awards- Apply now thru October 15th, 2021

Award recipients will be announced and recognized during this year’s Coastal Virginia Education and Pharmacology Symposium held on November 6, 2021.


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It’s that time again….Join and Renew..

September is Membership & Renewal Month- Be sure your membership and contact information is up-to-date and take advantage of all the local and statewide member benefits, to include networking, advocacy events, continuing education opportunities, member/student discounts and much more.


On behalf of TW-VCNP…We welcome and invite you to be a part of our vast & diverse network of advanced practice nursing professionals and in our journey to strengthen the Nurse Practitioner through our VCNP mission!

Alysia Erin Pack, DNP(c), APRN, FNP-C – Tidewater VCNP President

UPDATE: July 1 Changes

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

Apply at https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Boards/Nursing/ApplicantResources/ApplyforLicense/NursePractitioner/.  

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. 

VCNP Fredericksburg Region Meeting Minutes 6/14/21

Regrouping and gathering ideas were discussed to get everyone energized to be together again and spotlight our wonderful local NPs. Several ideas- yoga in the park, Bunko or some game night at a local clubhouse, meal or BBQ outside. Time frame for this event is somewhere between August and November depending on venue.

Philanthropy:
Fredericksburg VCNP’s donated $500 to Juan More Taco for their meal outreach program, especially for the elderly in the community.
$250 worth of socks were donated to Micah Ministries.
$500 was approved to be donated to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.

Legislative meeting this year was discussed. The event was held in the past on the second Monday in September at Moss Free Clinic. Last time, there were more legislators than NPs there!

Local program suggestions: Dr Chanda CAF talking on TAVR and Watchman procedures? Mental Health topic- Jordan from the Wellness Center? Diabetes update and new drugs- joint meeting with NPs and PAs by Scott Urquart PA?

Submitted 6/15/21 JPSF

VCNP Shenandoah Region May 2021 Meeting Minutes

VCNP-Shenandoah Region

May 2021 Meeting Minutes

May 20, 2021

Members in attendance:  Sarah Gibson, Monica Heck, Vicky Sullivan, Maretta Yoder, Heather Codding, Haley Tusing, Susan Adamson, Andrea Knopp, Amy Graham.  Virtual:  Lynne Poole

Meeting Location:  Vito’s Restaurant.  Harrisonburg, Virginia

Presentation:  Trauma Informed Care-What Providers Need to Know

Speaker:  Monica Heck DNP, FNP-C

Business Meeting:  

  1.  Future meetings were discussed. Plan for September 16 and November 18, 2021.  September meeting will likely be a drug rep sponsored dinner and the speaker in November is Rimma Wolfe- a pharmacist, topic TBD.  Locations TBD.
  •  Susan Adamson updated us on the opening of the new Free Clinic.  There have been 85 visits in the first 5 weeks!          
  •  Further discussion on ways to boost attendance at our meetings, including:  door prizes and NP student scholarships.  These topics will be further discussed with hope of finalizing plans at the next meeting. 

The meeting was then adjourned.

Respectively submitted.

Maretta Yoder, Secretary

NP licensure changes beginning July 1

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.

Frequently-asked questions

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 vcnp@vcnp.net, and we’ll connect you with a VCNP member to guide you through the application process.

2021 VCNP Piedmont Leadership

VCNP Piedmont Region Monthly Leadership Meeting – June 2021

Are you interested in becoming more involved in Piedmont VCNP? We need new members on our team for several leadership positions and always love hearing new ideas! Join us for the VCNP Piedmont Region Monthly Leadership Meeting on Tuesday, June 2. These meetings are open to all regional members and held on the first Tuesday of every month at Kardinal Hall in Charlottesville.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact VCNP Piedmont Region President, Katy Morgan, at keb7f@virginia.edu.

(Food and drink cost is not covered.)