Come join us for an afternoon of polo, food and wine.
Local legislative candidates have been invited.
This fall all 40 seats in the Senate and 100 seats in the House of Delegates will be up for election in Virginia. VCNP’s Government Relations committee is continuing to promote NP practice by reaching out to legislators and candidates. We have invited candidates from our local districts to this event. Please take this opportunity to discuss the importance of NP practice. Talking points will be sent out below.
The following candidates have RSVP’d yes to attending the event.
Steve Harvey (R)- Candidate for 55th district
Amy Laufer (D) – Candidate for 55th district
Katrina Callsen (D) – Candidate for 54th district (her campaign manager Pally Haling is a retired NP!)
Senator Creigh Deeds (D) – 11th District
Phillip Hamiliton (R) – Candidate for 11th District
Bring your family.
Invite your colleagues/NP friends (members/non-members)
Sunday, September 24, 2023
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
King Family Vineyards
6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet, VA
Current landscape and challenges
- NPs are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who have master of science and often doctoral degrees as well as extensive clinical training in the diagnosis, treatment and management of common and complex medical conditions.
- NP-provided care has been shown to have outcomes equal to care provided by physician colleagues.
- There are 15,000+ NPs currently providing care in Virginia. NPs practice in many settings including hospitals, primary care and specialty offices, health departments, extended care facilities, urgent care and free mobile health clinics.
- Virginia’s NPs are governed by the Joint Boards of Nursing and Medicine. Virginia is one of only three states with Joint Boards. NPs in other states are governed solely by the Board of Nursing.
- Unique to Virginia, NPs are restricted by a mandated practice agreement with a physician for 5 years before they are eligible to apply for autonomous practice licensure and practice without a practice agreement.
- Mandated practice agreements with physicians do not involve training from physicians, are not residencies or fellowships, and do not require the physician to practice in the same location as the NP.
Why these issues need to be addressed now
- Virginia’s transition to practice requirement is the most restrictive in the nation. Twenty-seven states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories do not require any transition to practice or practice agreement. Of the states with such requirements, the requirement is 2 or 3 years, or 2,000-3,000 clinical hours.
- Virginia’s mandated practice agreement requirement ties NP practice to a specific physician and healthcare setting. This impedes an NP’s ability to provide care where it is most needed, especially in rural and underserved areas where physician shortages are even greater than in urban areas.
- Changing Virginia’s transition to practice requirement aligns the Commonwealth with the majority of states, the Virginia Board of Nursing’s recommendation and the National Consensus Model for Advanced Practice Nursing Licensure, which recommends that all APRNs are granted full practice authority upon graduation of an accredited program. The national model also recommends regulating APRNs solely under the Board of Nursing.
- Virginia’s 5-year transition to practice requirement was passed in 2018. There have been significant changes in health care since that time including increasing provider shortages, a growing aging population and a greater number of patients with chronic diseases.
- Nearly 100 million Americans currently lack adequate access to primary care. By 2030, it is estimated the U.S. will face shortages of more than 120,000 providers needed to address patient demand. NPs can help fill the gap to provide this care.