Welcome from the VCNP President

Rebekah “Becky” Compton, DNP, RN, FNP-BC
President, VCNP Board of Directors
vcnppresident@gmail.com

Updated November 1, 2021

Happy Fall!! This is my favorite season of the year as temperatures cool, our state literally changes color, and we can comfortably get out in the crisp fall and enjoy various activities like hiking and biking (one of my favorites). It is also the season in which we celebrate NP Week, November 7–13! I wish each of you a lovely NP Week and hope you will share pictures and stories with staff of how you and your colleagues celebrate. Please know that I am grateful for all of the work you do in supporting the care of patients and citizens of the Commonwealth. I recognize that many of us are tired and weary of the ongoing pandemic, staffing shortages, and increasing demands being placed on all health care providers. In the midst of these challenges, I hope you can find some moments to pause, get outside, and appreciate what you have accomplished. The pandemic has shown how important NPs are to healthcare practice, and each of you should be proud of all the work you do.

October 11–14 we celebrated the inaugural APP week by signing on as a partner with over 100 other organizations. Check out the tribute video created in honor of APPs.

Your VCNP Board met at the end of October and our committees have finalized the strategic goals for our organization for the upcoming year. The 2021-2022 VCNP Strategic Plan can be found in the “NEWS” section on our website.

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for our statewide elections. Nominations were accepted in September, the slate of nominees was finalized in October, and ballots were distributed on November 1. Be sure to vote!

Thank you for renewing your membership with the VCNP! One of the benefits of membership include having a lawyer on staff who can assist members with various practice related questions. Based on several requests regarding developing a practice, staff has put together a resource available on VCNP.net. Please check it out! I think you will find it helpful. If you know someone who would find this resource, or one of many other resources that VCNP provides helpful, ask them to join VCNP!

Thank you to all who donated to the VCNP PAC during membership renewal. VCNP PAC Chair, Tricia Cox, encourages each member to donate to the PAC and has worked with staff to educate members on the PAC. Our September PAC ask provided an overview of the how the PAC functions “VCNP PAC: the purpose, the people, the process, and past successes.” Upcoming asks will provide additional insight on the fund distribution process. Please consider donating to the VCNP PAC. Your donation supports legislators who support NP practice. And they are appreciative of our support!

Thank you for all the work that you do! Let us know how we can work for you. Please connect with staff at vcnp@vcnp.net or contact me directly at vcnppresident@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing how we can serve you better.

Rebekah “Becky” Compton, DNP, RN, FNP-BC
President, VCNP Board of Directors
vcnppresident@gmail.com

“Strength does not come from winning, your struggles develop your strengths, when you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

– Mahatma Gandhi