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General Information

Q. How can I contact VNA staff?
A. Visit our Contact Us page for individual staff contact information. Our main phone line is 804.282.1808.

Q. What is VNA’s relationship with the American Nurses Association?
A. VNA is a constituent organization of the American Nurses Association (ANA), and VNA members are dual members of VNA and ANA, receiving all the benefits of belonging to both organizations.

Q. Can VNA answer questions about my Virginia nursing license or transferring my license from another state?
A. VNA cannot answer questions about your nursing license. All nursing licensure questions should be directed to the Virginia Board of Nursing, including complaints about licensees and license verification.

Q.  I’m having a issue with my employer. Can you recommend an attorney?
A. VNA recommends that nurses with employment disputes begin by reaching out to their employer’s Human Resources department for resolution. We do not provide attorney recommendation services.

Membership

Q. How do I become a member? How much does it cost? Do you have special rates for retired nurses? What are the benefits?
A. Membership information can be found in our Membership area.  There are several different membership categories and payment options for registered nurses at all stages of their career.

Q: Help! I can’t find my membership number – can you send me a copy of my membership card?
A: For membership assistance, call 800.923.7709 or email memberinfo@ana.org.

Q. I’m a student nurse/CNA/LPN. Can I join VNA?
A. VNA members must be registered nurses. If you are a student nurse, you can join VNSA, and we look forward to welcoming you to VNA when you receive your license. CNAs can contact NAHCA and LPNs can contact the Virginia LPN Association.

Q: What’s a “chapter”?
A: A chapter is a group of VNA members (based on geography or special interests). When you join VNA, you automatically become a member of your local chapter; each local chapter holds meetings and continuing education events for both VNA members and nonmembers. Chapter membership creates opportunities to confer and network with nurses working in a common environment and provides opportunities for educational programming and networking.

Q: Does VNA represent members for collective bargaining?
A. No. Virginia is a right to work state and employees cannot be required to support collective agreements. Further, an employee may be dismissed for any cause in a right to work state, and the existence of a collective bargaining agreement would not prevent that from happening.

Q: How does VNA advocate for its members and the nursing profession?
A: Ensuring that Virginians have access to sufficient numbers of nurses, that an increasing supply of nurses and nursing faculty are positioned to educate the future nursing workforce, and that nursing’s voice is heard on public policy issues is a top priority. Through grassroots advocacy and our work with our legislative consultant, we work to advance Nursing’s Public Policy Platform.

Continuing Education

Q: Does VNA provide continuing education opportunities?
A: Yes! VNA holds several annual events, including our Spring Conference and Fall Conference that have associated continuing education hours. We're also developing on-demand and virtual continuing education programs all of which offer contact hours. Local chapters also host continuing education events. Check our Upcoming Events page for up-to-date information.

Q: How do I get my continuing education programming approved to award contact hours?
A: To apply to get your program approved, follow our four step process:

Step 1: Visit the VNA Submit an Individual Activity Page.
Step 2: Complete the Eligibility Assessment Form.
Step 3: Complete the Individual Educational Activity Application Form.
Step 4: Submit payment and application through the online portal 8 weeks prior to your educational activity. 

We encourage you to watch the video tutorial prior to completing an individual activity. If you have any questions about the application process please contact Lindsey Cardwell. 

Government Relations

Q: Do you endorse candidates running for political office?
A: VNA does not endorse candidates at the local, state or national level. Our role as an advocacy organization is to help ensure that nurses are educated about the issues and the candidates so that they are able to make informed decisions. Toward that end, we publish candidate profiles in advance of elections for state legislators. These profiles include the candidates' responses to a question we pose of each of them specific to nursing. We are also happy to meet with candidates, but underscore our policy of no endorsements.  

In the case of a gubernatorial election, we jointly (with other nursing organizations) create a non-partisan Public Policy Platform which we discuss with the candidates well in advance of elections. We also share the Platform with nurses statewide and publish articles or Q&As with the gubernatorial candidates.

 

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