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Tidewater Chapter 2021

Tidewater: About Our Events

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 & Instagram @VCNP.Tidewater

Tidewater: What’s coming soon (sneak peek)

2021 TW Symposium: Registration & Additional Info: Available on September 1st!

TIDEWATER MEMBERS…TIME TO JOIN US – IN PERSON!


VCNP Tidewater Chapter: Welcomes, Supports & Empowers You!!

Join NOW during our Membership Special and gain immediate VCNP membership perks & benefits with no need to renew until September 2022.


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.)

Piedmont VCNP Charity/Gift Application

Piedmont VCNP Charity/Gift Application/May 2021

The Piedmont VCNP chapter is committed to helping our health care community.  Our chapter raises money every year from different activities and would like to give back to the community.  We would like to offer a gift to a charity that our members are involved with or have a relationship throughout the health community. This year we have funds available to give 6 monetary gifts. Also, we would appreciate if your charity would let us know how the gift was used. If you have a charity that is need of help this year or any questions, please fill out this form and send it to dkf7a@virginia.edu

VCNP Shenandoah Region February 2021 Meeting Minutes

VCNP-Shenandoah Region

February 2021 Meeting Minutes

February 18, 2021

Members in attendance:  Erin Morris, Haley Tusing, Susan Adamson, Monica Heck, Maretta Yoder

Guest Speaker:  Amy Sales, CMP, Deputy Executive Director, Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners 

NP Students in attendance:  None

Meeting Location:  Zoom Meeting

Business Meeting:  

  1. Susan Adamson gave an update on the Harrisonburg Rockingham Free Clinic closure.  Plan to open new clinic named Blue Ridge Free Clinic.  Returning to the old model of volunteerism, no barriers clinic, navigation of health care system, ACA enrollments, and will host short and long-term patients.  Susan is currently serving as President of the new Free Clinic Board of Directors. 
  •  Amy Sales

-reviewed changes to VCNP website and resources that are available to members and leadership, including state-provided platforms for meetings and connection (GoToMeeting/Constant Contact- which do require password)

-vcnp@vcnp.net/434-906-1778.  This is Amy’s email and work cell for any questions.  In Amy’s absence, Betsy Crowell will be our liaison. 

-Amy reinforced that the VCNP goal is for the Shenandoah region to thrive. 

-The VCNP is working on election syncing of regions to assist with onboarding of new leadership and committee members.  Current elects are due in October with placement of newly elected members in March of 2022. 

-Amy informed the group that we do not need to have a sitting President; however, attendance at board meetings for voting purposes does require an elected member.  Amy will check to ensure that non-elected members can attend the board meetings for representation, but will likely be dismissed for the “executive” portion of the meeting. 

-CME education information/questions should be directed to Helen Willis or Betsy Crowell at vcnpconference@gmail.com or betsy.crowell@easterassociates.com

-Amy also informed the group that other than a board report, there is no financial report required of our group at this time. 

3.  Monica Heck shared with the group regarding Membership Committee. 

               -They meet once a month.

-Membership is slightly down, but expected to increase pre-conference and at graduation.

-Currently Shenandoah membership is at 67.

-The Membership Committee is working on ways to increase engagement.  Getting members involved is a statewide problem.

4.  Maretta Yoder- currently sitting secretary and unofficial meeting planner.  She will begin   pursuing in-person meeting options for May of 2021 and 2 meetings in the fall. 

Current to-do list and plan moving forward:

  1.  Amy Sales will send Erin Morris the statewide emails for now.
  2. Try to get a credit card to assist with meal payment and ease of purchasing stipends/etc…
  3. Attendance at pending board meetings for 3/10/2021, 6/19/2021, ? 10/2/2021
  4. Erin will work on board report for 3/10/2021.
  5. Need to mentor nurse practitioners to fulfill leadership roles. 

The meeting was then adjourned.

Respectively submitted.

Maretta Yoder, Secretary