Dear Nurse Practitioner Colleagues-
Thank you for visiting our website. The Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners is a professional organization, committed to facilitating the advancement and fostering professional growth of nurse practitioners as well as advocating for the improvement of health and access to care for all Virginians. The Board of Directors and Committee Members work diligently to promote this mission. We currently have over 1,700 members. If you are not a member, we encourage you to join us in our efforts. If you are a member, we thank you for your continued support.
Membership in the VCNP provides many rewards. There are ongoing opportunities for networking and educations through local chapter meetings, regional presentations, and our annual conference. We are fortunate to have an active Government Relations Committee that along with our paid lobbyist is actively involved in working to promote the ability of Nurse Practitioners to practice to the full extent of their training and education. Members of our association have been asked to be on many professional, community, and governmental groups. Our management team (Easter Associates) sends out quarterly newsletters and monthly communications to keep all members apprised of current issues and opportunities available to Nurse Practitioners. Membership also allows you to access to a website business listing in the “Find an NP” section and job opportunity announcements, which are mailed on a regular basis.
Applications for membership are available for download or online submission. There is a reduced rate for student and retired Nurse Practitioner memberships.
Our organization also has a hired public relations team. They have helped us become more visible in the community by helping us to establish relationships with local media. Our members have had articles written about them in local papers, magazines, and online. The PR team has also helped us with our efforts to promote Nurse Practitioner week with publicizing our philanthropy efforts with Reach Out and Read and our recent community response in affiliation with the local community hosting our conference.
Mark your calendar now for the 2019 Annual Conference to be held March 6-9 at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Pre-conference offerings will be on Wednesday, March 6 and the conference will run through Saturday, March 9 with a variety of educational opportunities in multiple clinical tracks.
As the VCNP is a volunteer organization, we are always looking for anyone interested in working together to advance the organization and to educate the community on how Nurse Practitioners are such an important piece of the Healthcare Community. I ask each of you to consider becoming an active part of the VCNP either at your regional level or at the state level. Everyone has a unique ability or talent, and I would love the opportunity to see all of them in action. I look forward to working with you over the next two years.
HoChong Gilles, RN, MS, FNP