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VNA plays an active role in advocating for policies that will support the nursing profession and create a healthier Virginia.

Amplifying Your Voice
We ensure that your voice - the voice of nursing - is heard in Richmond! VNA advocates for nurses, the nursing profession, and quality health care for all Virginians. 

Fostering Partnerships
Advancing healthcare in our state does not occur in a vacuum, so whenever possible, we partner with specialty nursing organizations, healthcare associations, and hospitals. 

Top Priorities
During this year's General Assembly session, we'll be advocating for:

  • the ability of nurse practitioners transitioning to independent practice to bill insurance companies directly,
  • medical marijuana prescribing power for all nurse practitioners, and buprenorphine prescribing power for nurses who have transitioned to independent practice,
  • title protection for "Nurse" in the Code of Virginia, and
  • legislative solutions, such as the establishment of a Commission for a Healthy Virginia, that support the health and well-being of all Virginians.
Nursing's Public Policy Platform
Want detailed information on our legislative priorities? Take a look at the 2019 edition of Nursing's Public Policy Platform. A PDF of the platform is available here

For up-to-date legislative information and important resources, including the 2019 bill list and weekly updates from the General Assembly, check out our Legislative Updates and Resources page.

Endorsement and Promotion Policy
VNA does not endorse or support specific candidates or legislators. As a member benefit, we provide our members with information on events in their local area. We encourage our members to meet their current legislators and candidates running for office in their local area to discuss issues that impact the nursing profession. We geotarget our candidate and legislator event notifications in the following ways: If a candidate or legislator is having an event in their district, we notify our members who reside in that district. If a candidate or legislator is having an event outside their district, we notify members who live in the chapter closest to the event. If you are a candidate or legislator with an upcoming event in Virginia you'd like to share, please contact Payton Drake.