Category Archives: General News

Nursing Preceptor Incentive Program (NPIP)

General Assembly established the Nursing Preceptor Incentive Program (NPIP) to provide financial incentives for practitioners who serve as otherwise uncompensated preceptors for APRN students to help increase access to care, address the primary care shortage, handle mental health crises, and manage chronic diseases. All of these factors are crucial in improving the health and wellness of all Virginians.

Thank you for voting!

Thank you for voting in the 2022-2024 VCNP State Executive Committee Election. Voting information was distributed to VCNP members who are eligible to vote and ballot instructions were provided on the VCNP website from November 1 to November 15, 2021. Results will be shared with the Nominations & Awards Committee Chair, Kristen Johnson, for verification, then presented to the VCNP Board of Directors at their January Board meeting. Join us at the 2022 VCNP Annual Conference to welcome in your new leadership at the Friday afternoon membership luncheon!

Thank you for voting, VCNP!

VCNP Lynchburg receives standing ovation

VCNP Lynchburg received a regional proclamation for NP Week 2021. Click below for a picture of regional members and leadership displaying their proclamation, for which they received a standing ovation at the City of Lynchburg Council meeting after the announcement by Mayor Dolan.

Pictured are (L to R) Allison Helgeson, Morgan McDowell, Sybil Bradley-Dallas, Yvette Alexander, and Gabby Crawford.

2021 – 2022 VCNP Strategic Plan – Goals

VCNP Leadership is excited to share the goals that came out of the annual strategic plan process for the 2021-2022 year.

Executive Summary

On June 19, 2021, the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (VCNP), the statewide professional organization for all nurse practitioners licensed in Virginia, conducted its annual leadership retreat. More than 35 board members, committee members and others from the association gathered to discuss goals and accompanying strategies and tactics for VCNP’s four core pillars, Government Relations, Membership, Education and Public Relations. During the retreat, participants divided into small groups to review each committee’s SWOT analysis from 2020-2021 and provide feedback and input for the coming year. This information, combined with details of the previous year’s strategic plan, was used to develop VCNP’s 2021-2022 strategic plan. Below is a link to the list of committee goals that came out of those discussions.

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

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.