Nurse Practitioner Resources

Nurse practitioners are essential to the delivery of health care in Virginia, particularly within Virginia’s health safety net.  Virginia’s free clinics and community health centers rely on the continuity of care and compassion provided by nurse practitioners serving the uninsured and medically underserved.

Scholarships:  VHCF Scholars is an exciting new scholarship program for nurse practitioners with a master’s degree in nursing who are interested in obtaining their post-master’s certification as a Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  Find out more about  VHCF scholars today.

Mental Health for Primary Care Providers — A Webinar Series on Pharmacotherapy and Diagnostic Considerations:  This webinar series was developed by VHCF to provide continuing education for health care professionals who provide primary care to individuals with mental health conditions, and may not have mental health specialists available either onsite or in the community.  Based on the priority needs identified in an April 2013 survey of Virginia’s safety net medical directors conducted by VHCF, two modules were developed: Pharmacotherapy for Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care, and Diagnostic Considerations for Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care. Each module is approximately 1.5-2 hours in length, and the cost to register is $25/webinar.  For more details, visit Mental Health for Primary Care Providers — A Webinar Series on Pharmacotherapy and Diagnostic Considerations.

Roundtables:  As front line medical care providers who stress both care and cure, nurse practitioners have unique challenges in helping patients prevent and control diseases and achieve optimum wellness.   VHCF’s Nurse Practitioner Roundtableshelp NPs share challenges and solutions, build connections, and discover new approaches.

Prior VHCF Nurse Practitioner Roundtables have focused on motivational interviewing, smoking cessation,  avoiding and overcoming burnout, and drop-in group medical appointments.

VHCF also has developed a directory for Nurse Practitioners and other RNs interested in additional education in behavioral health, including contact information for all Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs in Virginia.

For more information on VHCF’s Nurse Practitioner Roundtables or to let VHCF know about resources or tools that would be particularly helpful to Virginia’s Nurse Practitioners, contact VHCF at 804/828-5804.

Beyond the Roundtables, VHCF is committed to supporting nurse practitioners by providing grant funding to help free clinics pay for full- or part-time nurse practitioners.  Fifty-nine percent of Virginia’s free clinics now have a paid nurse practitioner on staff.  All but 6 of those have been underwritten by VHCF grants.

In addition, VHCF has prepared a detailed guide (Free Clinic/Mid-Level Provider Initiative) to help Free Clinics interested in adding a paid nurse practitioner to their staffs.