Nursing professionals had an opportunity to discuss healthcare issues with several Virginia General Assembly members Oct. 6 during the Northern Virginia Nurses Legislative Reception at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
The event, jointly sponsored by the Virginia Nurses Association, the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners and the Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists, drew 22 nurse practitioners, three certified nurse practitioners, a nurse midwife, 20 VNA members and several George Mason students and faculty members.
Sally Bradford, RN, President of Chapter 8 of the VNA; Marry Duggan, NP, Chairwoman of the VCNPs Government Relations Committee; and Louise Hershkowitz, CRNA, a member of the VANAs Government Relations Committee, gave presentations about their respective organizations before spirited discussions between the legislators and their constituent nurses, according to a news release.From left, Kelly Sanderson, NP; Virginia Del. Jim Scott, D-Merrifield; Margaret Light, NP; Lynn Poole, NP; and Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Springfield attended the Northern Virginia Nurses Legislative Reception on Oct. 6 at George Mason University in Fairfax.
The discussions focused on the supervision barriers imposed on advanced practice nurses and how such barriers limit access to care.
Legislators in attendance were state senators George Barker, D-Alexandria; Mary Margaret Whipple, D-Arlington; and Dave Marsden, D-Burke; as well as state delegates David Bulova, D-Fairfax Station; Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Springfield; Tag Greason, R-Potomac Falls; Mark Keam, D-Vienna; Ken Plum, D-Reston; Tom Rust, R-Herndon; Jim Scott, D-Merrifield; Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon; and Vivian Watts, D-Annandale.