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Piedmont Region August Sponsored Dinner

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 30th @ 6:30 pm

Location: The Local Restaurant, 824 Hinton Avenue, Charlottesville, VA.

Intervene With Jakafi® (ruxolitinib) At the First Sign of Steroid-Refractory Acute and Chronic GVHD – A Real-World, Case-Based Discussion.

Speaker: Karolina Faysman, AOCNP, DNP-C

RSVP by 8/25 at If you have issues registering contact Beth Fantasia at 304-612-7012 or

What APRN designation means to NPs

Earlier this week, the Board of Nursing sent communication about SB 975. We want to clarify what the APRN designation means to you as a nurse practitioner. Advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) is not a new name but rather a term that aligns Virginia’s code with the APRN Consensus Model. This change does not negate, demote or remove the individual’s national licensure, credentials or designation as an NP.

SB 975’s summary states, “Certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse practitioners; designation as advanced practice registered nurses. Changes references to certain practitioners in the Code to advanced practice registered nurse in order to align the Code with the professional designations established by the Consensus Model for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Regulation established by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.”

In addition to aligning with the APRN Consensus Model & National Council of State Boards of Nursing, this change also helps decrease confusion in Virginia’s regulatory code language that previously designated other advanced practice registered nurses (including CNS, CNM & CRNA) as “nurse practitioners.” 

Per Virginia Code – “Licensed nurse practitioner” means an advanced practice registered nurse who has met the requirements for licensure as stated in Part II (18VAC90-30-60 et seq.) of this chapter. Under the code, one of these requirements is that the nurse practitioner hold a national certification in the category/specialty of their practice and/or meet the requirements of their national certifying body.

“The boards shall license nurse practitioners consistent with their specialty education and certification in the following categories (a two-digit suffix appears on licenses to designate category).” – See 18VAC90-30-70. Categories of licensed nurse practitioners.

VCNP Piedmont Region CEU Event

Transforming Leadership
2 Hour CEU Event

Learn what is holding you back from reaching your professional and personal goals.
Understand that you are a leader even if you don’t have a leader role.
See how your superpowers are also your kryptonite.
Define leadership and what is means to you.
Learn to live life intentionally rather than by default.
Make friends with your Imposter, buckling him/her in the backseat, right next to fear.

Pam Maxson, PhD, PCC, SPHR, Executive and Leadership Coach

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Center at Belvedere
Learning Center A
540 Belvedere Boulevard, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Dinner will be provided

RSVP by 6/18/2023 to Renee Gay at

VCNP Southwest Region Summer Social

VCNP SW Region wants to know more of our regional colleagues!!

At our last regional meeting, we decided to forego summer business meetings and opted for monthly social gatherings May through August.

I invite you and all of your APRN colleagues (VCNP and non-VCNP members) to join us on May 21, 2023, for a late spring afternoon of networking and getting to know each other at Davis Valley Winery and Distillery. Open from 12-5 on Sundays, the venue is located at 1127 Davis Valley Rd, Rural Retreat, VA (276-686-8855).

June, July, and August dates and locations are TBA. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. We are excited to learn more about you and the offerings our beautiful region has to offer!

We hope to meet as many of you, our APRN family this summer as possible. Help us learn more about our valuable nursing resources in the SW region. So, if you can join us for 1,2, or all 4 social gatherings we’d love to have you.

I hope to see you and your friends in person on Sunday, May 21!

Carole Everhart, DNP

Pres. SW Region



Phone: 276-733-6064

VDH Request – Tick Borne Disease Work Group

VDH has requested a volunteer primary care NP to participate in a Tick Borne Disease Work Group. 

  • There will be approximately five meetings through the Summer.
  • The first meeting will be held on Monday, May 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. at a location in Richmond. 
  • Future meeting dates will be scheduled with input from the work group members and will include virtual options. 
  • Click here for information from the 2023 Session regarding the development of the work group, timeline, and purpose. 

If you have questions or are interested in participating, please reply to this email or contact VCNP staff at

Shenandoah Region Updates

Current membership count: 65

Erin Morris has stepped down as president. She will continue to serve as treasurer.

Thank you, Erin, for your many years of service!

Haley Tusing is the new president.

Josh Carlison has agreed to join the Goverment Relations committee.

We have committee positions available in Education and Nominations/Awards.

We had a social meeting in April at Taste of Thai.

Prior to the meeting we conducted a membership survey, here are some of the results:

What are you hoping to gain from your membership?
 Networking/meet other NPs in the area.
 Networking
 CME and networking.
 networking, news on legislation and policy changes/updates
 Social time with other NPs
 Making connections
 Collaboration and local support between NPs. Resources for practice. Friendship
 Connection with other NPs, some CME
 Networking with other NPs in the state
 A chance to get to know other NPs in the area
 Networking
 Networking

What type of meetings would you prefer?
 Social and CME
 Social and broader CME applicable to those in specialty practice also
 mix of social and CME
 All of the above
 Social and cme
 All of these sound great
 Social, CME
 Social, pharmaceutical
 I strongly oppose pharmacy rep dinners, and intentionally do not attend them. Any others are
 Variety is good.
 Social or CME

What types of community events would you like to see the VCNP participate?
 Races, holidays, local college nursing programs
 5k
 Maybe volunteering with Blue Ridge free clinic.
 Community education (night, fair, ask an NP)
 Health fairs, school nutrition drives (filling backpacks, etc)
 Events that benefit local organizations

Do you have any suggestions for how to increase our regions membership and engagement?
 Vary meeting locations across the region
 Personally reaching out to NPs in our area
 Local nursing programs; area hospitals
 None sorry
 Maybe recruit JMU new grads
 Offer CME, more frequent wine/brewery network nights w/o CME.
 Emails, mail flyers, social media, community awareness
 Move meetings to other areas, generate regular communication regarding our region’s activity

Upcoming meeting on Thursday, June 15 6 pm on Cannabis Products.

Events and Conferences

VCNP Lynchburg Region - October 2024