Nurse Practitioner Resources

Nurse practitioners (NPs) 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 has an exciting scholarship program for nurse practitioners with a master’s degree in nursing who are interested in earning a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate. Find out more about today < http://www.vhcf.org/for-those-who-help/resources-for-providers/nurse-practitioner-resources/psych-mental-health-np-scholarship/>.

Pharmacotherapy and Diagnostic Considerations Webinars:  

VHCF developed these on-demand webinars 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 their community.

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.
  • 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 both care and cure, NPs have unique challenges in helping patients prevent and control diseases and achieve optimum wellness. VHCF’s Nurse Practitioner Roundtables help NPs share challenges and solutions, build connections, and discover new approaches.

Past VHCF NP Roundtables focused on smoking cessationavoiding and overcoming burnout, and drop-in group medical appointments.

For more information about VHCF’s NP 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 or info@vhcf.org.

Funding:

VHCF is committed to supporting NPs by providing grant funding to help free clinics pay for full- or part-time nurse practitioners. Eight-one (81%) of Virginia free clinics employ NPs. All but 18 NPs are 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.

Professional Development: 

VHCF makes $650 (per agency) available annually to Virginia’s health safety net organizations for professional development. Before registering for classes or seminars, organization staff should read the Professional Development Assistance Program Guidelines. Organizations do not have to be current VHCF grantees to be eligible. Please contact a VHCF program officer with any questions.

If the course falls within the program guidelines, and upon pre-approval from a program officer, reimbursement will be issued within 30 days of receipt of the VHCF Professional Development Assistance Program Reimbursement/Report Form.