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2020 August Special Session
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In lieu of our regular Legislative Receptions, VNA will be holding 12 online Advocacy Hours in October and November. Participants will learn about Nursing's 2021 Public Policy Platform, hear from their local legislators and VNA chapter leaders, be able to ask questions related to the upcoming General Assembly Session, and virtually network with nurses in their area. You do not need to be a VNA member to attend these free events, but you must register to receive the meeting link. Find out more here!

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Our lobbyist updates our members regularly via email on the latest news related to issues important to nursing at the General Assembly. We also provide members with a printable Legislative Guide. 


Legislation We Support
View the full list of bills we are supporting and tracking here.

Nurse Preceptor Incentive Program (295 #3h/295 #2s)
Provides financial incentives for practitioners who serve as otherwise uncompensated preceptors for APRN students, which will help increase access to care, address the primary care shortage, handle mental health crises, and manage chronic diseases. All of these factors are crucial in improving the health and wellness of all Virginians. The incentive would be available for uncompensated preceptors, including APRNs, physicians, and physicians’ assistants.

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COVID-19 Presumption for Healthcare Workers
Nurses and other healthcare professionals are exposed to COVID-19 patients on the job and are at risk of contracting the virus in the line of duty. Current workers’ compensation laws do not guarantee any protections for these workers who are injured on the job when they contract the virus. Legislation should be adopted to provide a presumption of work-related infection for healthcare professionals who suspect contracting the COVID-19 virus at work.

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Reducing Unnecessary Practice Restrictions Consistent with Governor’s Order
In order to ensure access to care for Virginia patients, Governor Northam issued an executive order reducing the current requirement that a nurse practitioner practice under a physician’s practice agreement from 5 years to 2 years before transitioning to autonomous practice. Virginia should codify the governor’s reduced timeframe, as there is no negative impact on patient safety, access to care is improved, and this timeframe is closer to other states who have similar transition period requirements. 

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Registered Nurses in Public Schools
As school districts navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that a registered nurse be available in each public school. Regardless of whether schools meet in person or virtually, a registered nurse is educated and trained to handle many of the requirements that will exist as we deal with the pandemic, including the physical, social, and emotional health of students. Their expertise will always be critical to ensuring safe environments for both students and teachers. Additionally, school nurses serve a critical role to ensure ongoing community health and well-being across Virginia, especially for many minorities and underserved communities. 

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Supporting Increased Access to Telehealth
Telehealth is a critical tool in the 21st century to provide easier access to quality and affordable healthcare and mental health support and services to more citizens across Virginia. The governor has implemented a number of policies through executive order to increase access to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, and these policies should be made permanent. Additionally, efforts should be made to increase access to broadband for all Virginians so they can access these services. 

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