I hope you all have had the opportunity to enjoy some time with family and friends over this holiday season. 2014 is just around the corner and I am looking forward to it!
Join me in welcoming Cindy Ward to VaCNS’s leadership group. She graduated from Radford University’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice program in December, and quickly volunteered to keep our VaCNS website updated; we accepted! Her experience and enthusiasm in web maintenance for the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses will bode well for us. Look for new information each month.
Congratulations to Ellen Harvey who receive the VNA APRN Award & Linda Jenkins who received the VNA Research Award in September, Brenda Baker who received the March of Dines Nurse of the Year Award in November and Patrick Coyne who will receive the Visionary Award at the Pain & Palliative Care meeting set in San Diego in February of 2014.
Virginia’s legislative session will begin mid-January. The Virginia Nurses Association plans to increase nursing’s visibility by being present at the General Assembly on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the upcoming session. If you want to participate in VNA’s effort to influence the future of nursing, contact us. VaCNS plans to be there!
VaCNS continues to have a clear purpose of defining Clinical Nurse Specialists as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Virginia law. It is imperative that Clinical Nurse Specialists’ practice remain under the auspices of the Board of Nursing. It is time for each of you to gain confidence in meeting with legislators. Begin by telling them about your work as a CNS, and then share the National Association of State Boards of Nursing’s Consensus Model for APRN; let them know this is a national effort to standardize APRN roles so these highly qualified professionals can facilitate health care in Virginia and across the nation.
Linda Thurby-Hay, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDE