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.


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 (Psych NP) Certificate. Find out more about Make Life Great!, VHCF’s Psych NP scholarship program today.


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.

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


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.