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Shenandoah Region- General Meeting Minutes September 2019

VCNP-Shenandoah Region

September 2019 Meeting Minutes

September 19, 2019

In attendance:  Maria Circosta, Barbara Call, Monica Heck, Amy Graham, Erin Morris, Maretta Yoder, Sarah Stowell, Andrea Knopp, Kymber Beers, Rachel Talbot and Vicky Sullivan

Non-Members in attendance:  Julie Pierantoni RN-Diabetes educator

Meeting Location:  Montpelier Restaurant in Harrisonburg, VA

Meeting Topic:  Pharmacological Approaches to Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Treatment

Speaker:  Joe Ogden:  Senior Medical Science Liaison for Sanofi

Business Meeting:  

  1. Discussion about full practice authority.
  • Discussion about residency issues and whether new NP’s should have requirements.
  • Discussion about on-line nurse practitioner programs.
  • Next Meeting:  11/21/2019:  Allison Chupp NP will discuss opening her own clinic.  Location:  Taste of Thai restaurant in Harrisonburg VA.  6 pm for social gathering with plans to start meeting and dinner at 6:30 PM. 

Respectively submitted.

Maretta Yoder, Secretary

Richmond Region 2019-2020

Greeting Richmond Region!

I am Kristen Johnson, the President for the Richmond Region. I noticed that our page was a little outdated, so I wanted to update the Richmond Region about the 2019 year and what is to come for 2020!

The Richmond Region started out the year with a complimentary continuing education event on January 10, 2019.  It was presented by Christina Wilson, MS, RN, WHNP-BC, PhD candidate and Rachel Cloutier, MS, RN, ACNP-BC.  The topic that was covered was Genetic Screening in Hereditary Cancers for the Primary Care Provider.  Rachel has severed in various positions on the Richmond Region board and continues to serve.  She works at the VCU school of nursing and in oncology at VCU Massey Cancer Center.   She is in school for her DNP.  Christina also works in oncology and volunteers at the fan free clinic.  She is a PhD candidate and has served as the Public Relations chair on the Richmond Region Board.  Our next dinner meeting was sponsored by Abbvie and was held on February 25, 2019.  On March 20th, 2019 another continuing education event was held for its region’s members.  This counted towards one continuing education credit.  The topic was the opioid epidemic and alleviating pain presented by Cathy A. Harrison DNAP, MSN, CRNA.   She currently practices in a dental office in Midlothian and previously served in the Navy.  In order to provide events like theses to our members, we rely on our nurse planners.  Debbie Dellinger graciously volunteered as the nurse planner for both continuing education events.   Debbie has served on the Richmond Region board in the past and continues to volunteer her time  for VCNP.  Our next meeting will be held on April 23, 2019 and will be sponsored by Amgen.  For the first time,  we will be offering a suturing work-shop.  This will be held on May 4, 2019 at the VCU School of Nursing.  There will be a fee.  More information to come!  Please save the date for our annual Pharmacology Symposium on October 19, 2019!  Please see below up updates to our new board members.

On May 4, 2019 the Richmond Region VCNP partnered with VCU School Nursing to hold a suturing work-shop.  It provided participants with 4 continuing education hours.  Since we received positive feedback from this event, we are considering holding another work-shop in the future.

We would like to congratulate one of our newest members on obtaining Autonomous practice!

Here is his story!

Life experiences frequently guide our path unwittingly. My grandmother who I thought the world of had Alzheimer’s many years ago during my RN program.   Advocacy for the underserved, voiceless and sometimes forgotten has been my career path.  After working in family practice as a NP I started in long-term care, post-acute and assisted living settings and they became my passion. When Virginia passed the autonomous practice licensure for nurse practitioners, it was an obvious direction for me, allowing the continuation of the path I’d started a long time ago. For me, practicing as an autonomous NP ensures the geriatric population, unable to care for themselves, has consistent and reliable care.

Jeremy G. Kellems, MSN, NP-C

The Richmond Region partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association of Richmond to provide continuing education to it’s members on June 19, 2019. The topic of dementia was covered including 10 things that providers need to know about dementia.

UBS financial services sponsored a dinner meeting on June 26, 2019.

We would like to highlight the following member’s accomplishments!

Debbie Dellinger has been a member of VCNP since 2009. She graduated with her Masters in 2012 and served as President elect on the VCNP board, Richmond region through past president from 2015-2017. She has done an excellent job as chairperson of the Richmond region VCNP Pharmacology symposium in 2016. She is currently serving as co-chair of the state VCNP Education Committee. She has been a staunch supporter of the full practice policy being launched in Virginia. She has mentored many new NPs, helping them to grow in their careers and been a role model to many. She presents classes nationally on web sites through the VA and in the Richmond region for continuing education credit for members of VCNP.  Debbie obtained her Autonomous Practice licensure!  

Christina Marie Wilson, WHNP from the Richmond region who recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with her PhD in Nursing. Her research focuses on the clinical issues of body image, sexuality, and sexual functioning in women with gynecologic cancer.

The Richmond Region held a dinner meeting on August 13, 2019 at Tarrant’s West.  The sponsor was Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates.  Dr. Doherty spoke on Uterine Fibroid embolization, varicose veins and pelvic congestion. 

The Richmond Region held a dinner meeting on September 5, 2019.   It was sponsored by Amgen.  Michael Bolognese, MD reviewed how to build bone and reduce fracture risk in high risk PMO patient’s with EVENITY.

We will hold a continuing education event on September 26, 2019.  The topic was pulmonary arterial hypertension, presented by Omar Minai, MD.

Our annual legislative reception will be held on October 3, 2019 at Bistro 27.

Please consider nominating a fellow VCNP member for one of the following awards:

 The Donna Campanella Distinguished Nurse Practitioner Award will go to a member who has demonstrated excellence and initiative in one or more of the following categories: Clinical Practice, Leadership, Research and/or contributions to VCNP at the local or state levels. 


The APRN NP student award for an Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Student  will go to a student member who shows a significant potential to be able to make a contribution to the role of nurse practitioners.  Nominees should demonstrate excellence and initiative in one or more of the following categories: clinical practice, leadership, research and/or contributions to VCNP at the local or state levels

Eligibility: All nominees must be a VCNP member and nominated by a VCNP member.  

Please send the nominees resume and letter of support to Samantha Taylor at by September 20, 2019. 

Winners will be announced at the Richmond Region’s Annual Pharmacology Symposium on October 19, 2019.  

Our annual pharmacology symposium will be held on October 19, 2019 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.   Registration is open.  Cost will be $85 for members and $135 for non-members.

We would like to recognize a Richmond Region Member for obtaining her autonomous practice licensure!
“Autonomous practice opens the door for true patient centered care. I believe nurse practitioners are healthcare changemakers. Our unique approach to healing invites the community to be fully engaged in their health. Autonomy, strength and resilience are the keys that unlock our limitless potential.”- Dana Burns DNP, FNP-BC

The Richmond Region held It legislative event on October 3, 2019.  Approximately 70 nurses attended this event.  Senators attending this event, Senator Siobhan Dunnavant representing district 12 and Senator Ryan McDougle representing district 4.  Delegates attended, Delegate Hyland (Buddy) Fowler representing house district 55 and delegate Dawn Adams representing house district 68.  Senate candidates Stan Scott for district 4 and Joe Morrissey for district 16.  Delegate candidates included Amanda Pohl for district 11, Larry Barnett for district 27, Carrie Coyner for district 62, Morgan Goodman for district 55, Juanita Jo Matkins for district 56,  Sheila Bynum-Coleman for district 66, Kevin Washington for district 97 and Scott Wyatt for district 97.    

The Richmond Region held its annual pharmacology symposium on October 19, 2019,  it was held at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.   Topics included antibiotics presented by Dr. Markley, heart failure presented by Dr. Dube, Ketamine for the treatment of refractory depression, presented by Dr. Oliver, polypharmacy in the elderly, presented by Dr. Turbedies, biologics presented by Mandy Gatesman, Pharm D and gastrointestinal disorders presented by Mary Kathleen Engelken NP.  We had a guest speaker, Delegate Dr. Dawn Adams.  She reinforced the importance of eligible nurse practitioners obtaining autonomous practice licensure.  Shelly Smith and Cindy Fagan were available and answered numerous questions that arose throughout the day. We had 125 nurse practitioners attend this year.  We presented Rachel Cloutier with the Donna Campanella distinguished NP award.   We thank this year’s sponsors were Coram, Summit medical billing solutions, Otsuka, VCU School of Nursing, Salix pharmaceuticals and Novartis.   I would like to send a special thanks to the pharmacology planning committee that helped me plan this year’s Symposium.  Leah Loomis, Rachel Cloutier, Helen Willis, Debbie Dellinger, Samantha Taylor, Brittney Toms, Christina Wilson, Jack Weisskohl and Molly Sandel.

The Richmond Region partnered with local merchants to offer nurse practitioners discounts and specials during Nurse Practitioner Week at local restaurants (Bistro 27 & Tarrant’s West)), breweries (Fine Creek), Spas (Luminous Skin Care and Wellness) and South River Compounding Pharmacy.    

General Notes:
The Northern Virginia Region aims to have 5 meetings per year in the odd months Sept-May. Members receive a newsletter via email with meeting announcements and RSVP link.

We have a regional Facebook group with updates. Search VCNP-Northern Virginia Region under groups in Facebook to join.

New member questions – Brittany Adams

Shenandoah region- General Meeting Minutes April 2019

VCNP-Shenandoah Region

April 2019 Meeting Minutes

April 18, 2019

Members in attendance:  Monica Heck, Erin Morris, Barbara Call, Diana Oddenino and Maretta Yoder

NP Students in attendance:  Sarah Gibson and Maria Circosta

Meeting Location:  Taste of Thai Restaurant. Harrisonburg, VA.

Business Meeting:  

  1.  Future meetings were discussed. 

-9/19/19-sponsored by Sanofi Pharmaceutical.  Diabetes Management. 

Location:  Montpelier Restaurant in Harrisonburg, VA.

-11/21/19– Allison Chupp NP will speak about opening her own practice/clinic. 

Location:  TBD.

  • Discussion regarding autonomous practice and the challenges associated with obtaining this licensure.  Several members have applied for and received independent practice. 
  • Erin Morris, president, discussed multiple VCNP committees which the Shenandoah region still needs representation on.  Currently we only have the membership committee covered.  Diana Oddenino graciously agreed to sit on the public relations committee.  Thanks Diana!
  • The group further discussed ways we could promote nurse practitioner’s in our region.  Ideas included:  more on-line exposure, daily news record articles, assistance of Jenny Hansborough with Sentara RMH, participation in local 5K’s, etc…
  • Discussion continued regarding the on-going challenges in getting our local nurse practitioners involved in VCNP. 
  • Diana Oddenino made a motion that the Shenandoah region board members would have their annual VCNP conference fee paid for by the region as a thanks for their service.  The motion received a second and passed unanimously.  This will begin starting 2020. 

The meeting was then adjourned.

Respectively submitted.

Maretta Yoder, Secretary

Shenandoah region- General Meeting Minutes February 2019

VCNP-Shenandoah Region


February 2019 Meeting Minutes


February 21, 2019


In attendance:  Erin Morris, Monica Heck, Mary Atkins, Maretta Yoder, Barbara Call, Andrea Knopp, Heather Camp, Holly Kellett, Tamie McDonald-Brower, Haley Tusing, Melody Mast, Sharon Zook, Diana Oddenino, Pamela Gipson, Donna Thacker and Victoria Krauss


NP Students in attendance:  Sarah Gibson, Maria Circosta, Jae Anaza, Hannah Ferguson and Kelsey Fortin


Meeting Location:  Bella Luna Restaurant. Harrisonburg, VA.


Meeting Topic:  Holly Kellett NP presented a talk on Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Business Meeting:


  1. Future meetings were discussed.

-4/18/19– Antipsychotic Medications in Dementia by Rimma Wolfe, Pharm D.  Location TBD.

-9/29/19-sponsored by Sanofi Pharmaceutical.  Diabetes Management.  Location TBD.

-11/21/19– Speaker and location TBD.


Andrea Knopp mentioned having an independent NP present to the group regarding her personal experience.  We will check with Allison Chupp NP to see if she is available and willing to discuss opening her own clinic.


  1. VCNP conference will be held in Roanoke from March 6-9, 2019.  The Shenandoah chapter needs to donate a basket for the raffle fundraiser.  Diana Oddenino graciously offered to purchase the contents and put the basket together. Erin Morris or Andrea Knopp will take the basket to the conference.


  1. Announcement of new officers and future request for committee members. Erin Morris, President currently receives emails from all committees and feels inundated with the massive amount of information, and therefore feels unable to adequately disseminate.  She feels this is not doing justice to our members and does not give our local NP’s the benefit of involvement.  Erin Morris will send out an email to local members with more information.


  1. Autonomous practice and GR update.  Several members have applied for and received independent practice.  There are still barriers such as payment which led into discussion of new HB that was postponed per anthem’s request.   (or else they would recommend it for “study” which would extends its release for 2 years).  Barriers also from facility by-laws in which autonomous practice not recognized.


  1. Announcement that Melody Mast, CNM will present a talk on Menopause at Sentara RMH on March 7, 2019.


  1. Diana Oddenino, a founder of our local group is offering to take on more responsibility.


  1. Sharon Zook announced her retirement at the end of this school year.


The meeting was then adjourned.





Respectively submitted.



Maretta Yoder, Secretary

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

2019 Legislation Update – Crossover Successes

The positive progress continues!
We are pleased to inform you that our reimbursement bills – House Bill 1640 and Senate Bill 1178 – have once again been warmly received by committees in both chambers of the Virginia Legislature!
In light of the February 5th “crossover,” all bills passed on the House side during the first half of the General Assembly session are now being considered in the Senate, and vice versa.
On Monday, February 11, 2019, HB 1640 was reported from the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee with a vote of 13-0, while SB 1178 passed out of the House Commerce & Labor Committee with another unanimously positive vote of 22-0 on Tuesday, February 12th.
Since the two bills were reported without opposition, we anticipate that they will be added to the Uncontested Calendar in the House and the Senate. Ultimately, should this legislation become law, it will go into effect on October 1, 2019.