2021 VCNP Annual Conference
Wednesday, March 10 to Saturday, March 13, 2021


Dr. Rapsilber received her diploma in Nursing '81 St. Mary's SON, University of CT, BSN '91, & MSN Adult NP '98. She attained her DNP in Nursing Leadership from Quinnipiac University '16Dr. Rapsilber was honored as the Quinnipiac Transformational Nurse Leader Alumni Award 2017.
She owns NP Business Consultants, LLC disseminating information regarding reimbursement for NPs recognized expert on coding and documentation. Dr. Rapsilber is a Founder of the National Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur Network (NNPEN) started by NPs to accelerate the number and rate of NPs becoming owners of sustainable businesses to preserve the benefits of nurse-led care.

Dr. Rapsilber serves as the Co-Chair of the Connecticut Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses attaining full practice authority for APRNs in 2014. She is the Connecticut State Representative for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and a Fellow. She currently works as a GI Nurse Practitioner for Connecticut GI in Torrington, CT.
Documentation & Coding: Do Not Leave Money on the Table
March 10, 2021, 12:30 pm
Professional Issues -Health Policy at Any Level: Your Voice Matters
March 11, 2021, 4:00 pm

Shannon Nicholson, DNP, FNP-BC

Shannon Nicholson, DNP, FNP-C joined NSMI as a Nurse Practitioner in June 2012. She is responsible for her outpatient clinic and provides sideline coverage during football games. Prior to joining the practice, she worked as a Nurse Practitioner for Leesburg/Sterling Family Practice for four years.

She received both her master and doctorate degrees in Nursing from George Mason University. She completed an Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner concentration through Duke University in 2014. She completed several years of concentrated orthopaedic residency training before joining NSMI. Shannon Nicholson has been practicing in the nursing field for over ten years. She has a wide variety of nursing experience from Emergency, Cardiac, ICU, and Primary Care. Her interest is in prevention of secondary injuries to adolescence and prevention of injuries through proper screening. Her doctorate project was the creation of an interactive evidence based physical therapy and nutrition website: www.sportsinjuryandnutrition.org . Shannon Nicholson is currently an affiliate faculty for both George Mason University and Marymount University Nursing students. She is also an adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University. Shannon enjoys martial arts, running and water sports activities. She lives at home with her husband, daughter and her dog.
Shoulder & Knee Assessment - (Hands On) Please have a partner available.
March 10, 2021, 12:30 pm

Olivia Newby, DNP, FNP-BC, CDE, FAANP

Dr. Olivia Newby has practiced as a family nurse practitioner for over 22 years and a certified diabetes educator for over 8 years in an urban primary care medical practice and a 'Prevent Type 2' certified lifestyle coach, diabetes has been forefront in her clinical practice. Dr. Newby is an entrepreneur/owner of Healthy Living Center (HLC) in Norfolk, a nonprofit organization, where she focused on implementing innovative ways to reduce the health disparity within the community by addressing social determinants of health. As president of HLC, her leadership for diabetes management achieved over 75% required goals, thus obtaining accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Educator (AADE) and the Center for Disease Control "full recognition” 100% achievement for their diabetes prevention program.
VCNP 101
March 10, 2021, 12:30 pm

Dawn Bourne, DNP, FNP-C, HEC-C

Dawn Bourne is a Family Nurse Practitioner practicing full-time at UVA Student Health & Wellness. She obtained her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing, as well as Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from the University of Virginia. Her doctoral work focused on moral distress in Primary Care Providers. She is an active member on the Ethics and Moral Distress Consult Services at the University of Virginia Health System. Dawn is active in the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners and is currently serving as state Secretary for a second term.
VCNP 101
March 10, 2021, 12:30 pm

Barb Bancroft, RN, MSN, PNP

Barb has provided more than 2200 educational and motivational seminars on clinical topics and health maintenance topics to healthcare professionals and corporations throughout the US and Canada. She has been the keynote/plenary speaker for corporate groups such as Smith Barney/Citicorp and the Million Dollar Round Table. She has provided keynote/plenary speeches for healthcare associations including the Association for Practitioners for Infection Control, The National Association of Biology Teachers, The Emergency Nurses' Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Pacific Coast Dental Association, and the Washington State Dental Association.
Vitamins and Minerals--From A to Zinc
March 10, 2021, 12:30 pm
Pearls for the Practitioner...Chronopharmacology
March 11, 2021, 9:35 am

Eileen O'Grady, PhD., RN, NP

Dr. Eileen O'Grady is certified Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach who uses an evidence-based approach with people to reverse or entirely prevent disease. She believes deeply that more attention must be paid to getting us unstuck from lifestyles that do not support wellness.
She is an expert on intentional change in humans -with an emphasis on the importance of extreme self-care and how to identify and remedy a life that is out of balance. She runs the School of Wellness, which offers program on revolutionizing self-care.

She is currently an adjunct faculty in the Graduate Schools of Nursing at Pace University, Georgetown University, Duke University, and The George Washington University, where she was given 'Outstanding Teacher' Award.
Keynote Session: Nurse Practitioner Resiliency 2.0 Wellness in the Era of COVID-19
March 11, 2021, 8:15 am

Christopher Borchers, MS, RN, ACNP-BC

Todd began his nursing career in 2000. His first RN positions were in the Coronary and Coronary Medical ICUs and the Emergency Department at VCU Health. Todd started as an NP in 2003 and joined the division of Trauma Surgery and established the Lead Advanced Practice Provider (APP) role in 2006. Todd has managed and supervised the APP clinical operations of the Acute Care Surgery Service (ACSS) to develop and maintain strong clinical performance and outcomes that support the practice of high quality, evidenced-based, consistent and effective trauma and acute care surgery and advanced nursing care. He is also a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and is the current President Elect of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Carolinas/Virginias chapter. As a current Senior Advanced Practice Provider with ACSS, Todd continues to collaborate with the interdisciplinary team including physicians, house staff, nurses and all ancillary staff to work towards achieving the best outcomes for all patients.
Acute Care - Sedation in the Critically Ill
March 11, 2021, 11:15 am
Acute Care -Multimodal Pain Management
March 12, 2021, 4:10 pm

Reagan Thompson, DNP, FNP-C

Reagan was born and raised in Virginia, spending most of her life in Nelson County. She is a triple hoo. Graduated with BSN in 2003, MSN (FNP) in 2006 and DNP in 2013. She has been a full time practicing family nurse practitioner for over 12 years. Practice experience has been in both community healthy centers as well as academic family medicine. Her special interests include care of vulnerable populations with focus on migrant, immigrant and refugee health. She is married with two amazing kids (Colin age 3 and Elena age 6).
Pediatrics - Psychologist & NP Collaboration in Treating ADHD
March 11, 2021, 11:15 am

Kate Shaw, Psy.D., LCP

Kate Shaw, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Virginia. Dr. Shaw is the owner of Insight Psychological Services, a group private practice with offices in Stafford and King George counties. Dr. Shaw provides diagnostic assessments to clients ages 4+ for a wide variety of concerns, most commonly ADHD, Autism, Learning Disorders, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders.
Pediatrics - Psychologist & NP Collaboration in Treating ADHD
March 11, 2021, 11:15 am

Shelley Vaughn, DNP, FNP-BC

Dr. Shelley Vaughn, DNP, FNP, is a proud United States Air Force Veteran. She loved nursing and decided to pursue her nurse practitioner degree after volunteering in free health clinics in Honduras. She is an alumni of NAU RN-BSN, and FNP, DNP programs. As a nurse, Dr. Vaughn has practiced in rural Arizona since 2005 and currently works for Gila Valley Clinic, Safford, Arizona providing full service family care including wellness child exams, sports physicals, annual adult wellness exams, performs dermatology procedures, and is certified as a Commercial Driver License (CDL) Medical Examiner.

In 2014, she began working as an adjunct faculty in the NAU FNP program, evaluating appropriate clinical sites for the Nurse Practitioner students. Currently, as a full time faculty, Dr. Vaughn teaches Pathophysiology, Rural Theory and Health Policy, Advanced Nursing Assessment, while coordinating the clinical practicum for FNP students.

While continuing to teach full time, and maintain her advanced nursing practice expertise, Dr. Vaughn is also the project director for Gila Valley Medical Projects (non-profit), current Vice-President of Arizona Nurse Practitioner Council, and on the Advanced Practice Committee of the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
Rapid Fire - Generalist: Colorectal Cancer Screenings / Can Prediabetes Screening in Primary Care promote Patient Wellness and Engagement?
March 11, 2021, 11:15 am

Hishani Perera, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Hishani Perera started in obstetric nursing but delved into family medicine to focus on the whole family. She earned her BSN from San Jose State University in 2003, MSN in Family Medicine from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Georgetown University in 2019. A Wife of a US Marine, and mother of two Marines, Hishani enjoys taking care of military personnel. As a volunteer member of the Virginia Diabetes Council, Hishani aims to engage the community to prevent diabetes in VA. Hishani was part of the team effort to successfully implement a prediabetes screening protocol to promote health in vulnerable populations at the Lloyd Moss Free Clinic in Fredericksburg, VA. Hishani is excited for the opportunity to share her research findings today, which support prediabetes screening in primary care settings to prevent the development of diabetes by promoting a culture of health and wellness.
Rapid Fire - Generalist: Colorectal Cancer Screenings / Can Prediabetes Screening in Primary Care promote Patient Wellness and Engagement?
March 11, 2021, 11:15 am

Kathleen Bailey, CNM, MA, MS, FACNM

Kathleen Bailey, CNM, is seasoned nurse-midwife who has practiced in a myriad of places and types of facilities throughtout her career. She practices full scope nurse-midwifery and has a particular clinical focus in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. In her current role, a huge portion of time is clinical teaching of NP, midwifery, PA students as well as OB-GYN and Family Medicine Residents.
Women's Health - Caring for Women with PCOS Across the Lifespan
March 11, 2021, 11:15 am

Allison Gregory, MS, FNP

I am a full time faculty member at VCU's School of Nursing and serve as the concentration lead for the FNP track in the Master's program. I currently volunteer as a FNP at CrossOver Ministries where I treat Spanish-speaking, immigrant patients with chronic illnesses. I also practice on a PRN basis with Henrico County Health Department. ​My clinical interests and expertise are in primary care and particularly of​ underserved/ uninsured communities with a special interest in the health needs of the Hispanic population.​
Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, and Diabetes! Oh My! Complex Cases in Primary Care.
March 11, 2021, 1:30 pm

Dana Burns, DNP, FNP-BC

Dana Burns is a clinical assistant professor with Virginia Commonwealth University and a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner at The Center for Healthy Hearts in Richmond, Virginia. She obtained nurse practitioner training at Columbia University and doctoral degree from Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Burns expertise is in resilience and mindfulness in the clinical and academic environments. She is investigating the impact of mindfulness practices with student success, patient outcomes and clinician well-being. Her most recent projects include improving nurse practitioner clinical education with a focus on dyad and team pedagogy.
Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, and Diabetes! Oh My! Complex Cases in Primary Care.
March 11, 2021, 1:30 pm

Deborah Quinn, DNP

Deborah Quinn has 20 years of nursing experience and 10 years of medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology experience before opening Clarity Acne & Aesthetic Dermatology.

Deborah is an American Academy of Nurse Practitioner certified family nurse practitioner with dual certification as a Certified Dermatology Nurse Practitioner by the Dermatology Nurses Association NP Society. DCNP certification provides professional recognition for NP's who have extensive experience in the field of dermatology and who holds the value of education, clinical experience, and professional growth in the highest regard. She began her career as a Registered Nurse and has over 20 years of nursing & medical experience. She received her Bachelorette and Master of Science in Nursing degree with honors from Old Dominion University and her Doctorate degree from Radford University. Deborah is the areas only Certified Aesthetic Consultant (CAC). Her professional affiliations include the Dermatology Nurses' Association, the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners and the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, American Med Spa association and International Association of Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine. Deborah practiced medical and surgical dermatology and has specialized training, holds various certifications and has extensive experience in performing aesthetic services and injectables.
Generalist - Dermatological Manifestations of Systemic Disease
March 11, 2021, 2:45 pm

Theresa Long, DNP FNP-BC, CDE

Dr. Long is a family nurse practitioner on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Originally from New Jersey she has lived and worked in Virginia for 39 years. She has a bachelor's degree in environmental health from Rutgers University, a Master of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Virginia. She is board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as a Certified Diabetes Educator by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.
She is the Eastern Shore program manager and professor of nursing for Tidewater Community College and has practiced on the Shore for 22 years. She is married to her husband who continues to work the family farm and they have raised 8 children and are now endeavoring to spoil their 8 grandchildren.
Generalist -Wake up: It's Time to Talk About Sleep
March 11, 2021, 2:45 pm

Christine Collins, DNP, FNP-BC, APRN

Christine Collins is a California native. Dr. Collins has been a nurse practitioner for 38 years. She received a Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Certification from the University of California, Davis in 1983. She completed her MSN with a concentration in occupational health from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and her doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2017. Her DNP Capstone was on Primary Care for Homebound Patients in a Rural Setting. She spent her first 22 years in hospital-based employee health with a heavy concentration in infectious disease. Since 2010 Dr. Collins has been working on the Northern Neck in various settings, a rural primary care clinic,as a hospitalist in a rural critical access hospital and currently as an onsite provider at Rappahannock Westminster Canterbury continuing care community.
Geriatric -Non-Infectious SIRS in the Elderly; Mimics Sepsis
March 11, 2021, 2:45 pm

Kate Endres, DNP, FNP-BC, RNC-OB, C-EFM

Dr. Kate Endres earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and her Nurse Practitioner degrees at George Mason University following a nursing career in labor and delivery, high-risk pregnancy, and gynecology. Her doctoral project involved implementing a comprehensive women's health program in the primary care setting that resulted in a more than forty percent increase in women receiving reproductive care from their primary care provider. It is her personal mission to reduce the maternal morbidity and mortality rate in Virginia one woman at a time! She serves on the Virginia Department of Health workgroup for contraceptive access and the Fairfax County Medical Reserve Corps and is also a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, the Obesity Medicine Association, and The North American Menopause Society. Dr. Endres is passionate about patient autonomy and shared decision-making. She is here to present easy ways you can incorporate women's health into your encounters that can improve outcomes as well as improve your therapeutic relationships with patients.
Women's Health -Bringing Reproductive Health Back into Primary Care
March 11, 2021, 2:45 pm

Norman Oliver, MD, MA

Dr. Oliver is the State Health Commissioner at the Virginia Department of Health. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Oliver served as the Deputy Commissioner for Population Health for VDH. Before accepting the Deputy Commissioner position, Dr. Oliver was the Walter M. Seward Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Oliver worked with others in the health department, other state agencies, and healthcare systems across the state to improve the health and well-being of all citizens of the Commonwealth. He is committed to a cross-agency and multi-sector approach to implementing population health initiatives.
Dr. Oliver attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University, where he also obtained his Masters degree in medical anthropology. He trained in family medicine at Case, and he then practiced broad-spectrum family medicine in rural Alaska for 2 years before joining the UVA Department of Family Medicine in 1998.
Leslie Herdegen Rohrer Memorial Session - COVID 19
March 12, 2021, 8:15 am

Cynthia Thurlow, ANP, MSN

Cynthia Thurlow is a sought after entrepreneur, nurse practitioner, functional nutrition expert, 2x TEDx speaker and founder of Cynthia Thurlow, LLC; co-author of Primal Eating and co-host of Everyday Wellness podcast
Is Intermittent Fasting the Fountain of Youth?
March 12, 2021, 9:30 am

Greg Townsend, MD

Dr. Townsend did his undergraduate work at the College of William and Mary, and attended medical school at the University of Virginia. After a combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics residency at West Virginia University, he returned to UVA for a fellowship in Infectious Diseases. He joined the faculty there after completing his fellowship in 1993, and led the Ryan White Clinic from 1998 until last year. He has been Associate Dean for Diversity and Medical Education at the UVA School of Medicine since 2014.
Implicit Bias & Racial Disparity in the Healthcare Setting
March 12, 2021, 10:45 am

Anne Williams, M.A.

Anne Williams is an Organization Development Consultant with over 25 years experience in the field. She works with individuals, teams, and organizations to improve the effectiveness and to maximize the potential of the people in those organizations. She has worked in many industries, including banking, accounting, homebuilding, insurance and currently, health care. Anne specializes in leadership development, team development, and Appreciative Inquiry. Anne received a M.A. Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Currently employed by the University of Virginia Health System, Anne lives with her husband and a big slobbery dog in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Implicit Bias & Racial Disparity in the Healthcare Setting
March 12, 2021, 10:45 am

Christine Kessler, MN, CNS, ANP, BC-ADM, FAANP

Christine Kessler is an award-winning nurse practitioner, national/international speaker, prolific author, and clinical consultant specializing in Endocrinology and Metabolic Medicine. During her 46 years of nursing (39 years in advanced practice) she has held diverse roles in management, research, academia (undergraduate and graduate nursing), and clinical practice; the latter as a critical care clinical specialist, an acute care nurse practitioner (as hospitalist & intensivist) and adult endocrinology nurse practitioner. After 15 years as the senior nurse practitioner at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolic Medicine, Christine now focuses on providing diabetes and weight loss management, as well as general endocrine services to an impoverished population in rural Virginia. Christine has received numerous clinical practice and patient satisfaction awards, among them three prestigious Outstanding Civilian Service Awards, the Department of Medicine's Army Silver ACE Award for being voted TOP medical provider by the medical staff and the Coin of Excellence personally awarded by the Surgeon General for having the highest patient satisfaction rating of all health care providers in the Army WORLDWIDE. . Christine co-chairs the popular, national Metabolic & Endocrine Disease Summit (MEDS) and is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Generalist -Addressing Adrenal Disorders
March 12, 2021, 3:00 pm

Karen Higgins, DNP, FNP-BC

Dr. Karen Higgins is a certified family nurse practitioner and teaches in the School of Nursing at Old Dominion University. Her interests include health promotion, wellness, innovative teaching strategies, and incorporating the arts in education. Additionally, she maintains clinical practice at a clinic for uninsured adults. She is a graduate of Bradley University (BSN), ODU (MSN), and Chatham University (DNP) and is a veteran of the US Navy Nurse Corps.
Mental Health -Yes, And: Small Words, Big Impact
March 12, 2021, 3:00 pm

Christianne Nesbitt, DNP, GNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Dr. Nesbitt is an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University. She teaches primarily in the Advanced Practice Nursing programs working with FNP, CNS and PMHNP students. She has worked closely with Dr. Karen Higgins over the past few years to promote new methods of teaching and learning for APRN students especially in improving communication techniques.
Mental Health -Yes, And: Small Words, Big Impact
March 12, 2021, 3:00 pm

Katie Page, MSN, CNM

Katie Page has been a Certified Nurse Midwife since 2009 when she graduated from Vanderbilt School of Nursing. She has worked in VA at Forest Women's Center since 2013. She is the team lead at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital for ACNM Health Birth Initiative: Reducing Primary Cesarean Collaborative since 2016. She is also the Data Center Co-Lead for Collaborative beginning in 2018. Professionally, her current focus is on quality work, teaching, and issues related to professional liability and full practice authority. Katie loves spending time with her supportive husband and 2 daughters and serving in the community.
Women's Health -Screening and Prevention of HPV Related Cancers
March 12, 2021, 3:00 pm

Pamela Cipriano, PhD,RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Dr. Pamela Cipriano is the Dean at the University of Virginia's School of Nursing in Charlottesville, VA. Prior to this appointment, she served two terms as the president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the largest nurses organization in the United States representing the interests of the nation's 4 million registered nurses from 2014 through 2018.
Dr. Cipriano has extensive experience as an executive in academic medical centers. Her advocacy for the profession is well recognized. She is known nationally and internationally as a strong advocate for health care quality and advancing nursing's influence on healthcare policy. Among her many honors, in 2018, she was named one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in US Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine for the fourth year in a row. In 2015, the publication also named her as one of the "Top 25 Women in Healthcare.” In 2018 the American Academy of Nursing honored her with the "Healthcare Leader” Award. She was the 2010-11 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine and served as a public-sector advisor in the US Delegation to the 69th World Health Assembly in 2016. She is currently the 1st Vice President of the International Council of Nurses.
Mental Health -Healthcare Provider Well Being
March 12, 2021, 4:10 pm

Jennifer Feist, JD

Jennifer Breen Feist, JD is a lawyer in Charlottesville, VA specializing in finance, real estate and wealth management. She is the Co-Founder of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes' Foundation and sister of Dr. Lorna Breen. She serves as Treasurer of the Central Virginia Chapter of Girls on the Run and is also a co-founder of Women United, a non profit dedicated to supporting causes that benefit women and children. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Penn State Dickinson School of Law and a BS in Political Science from Elizabethtown College.
Mental Health -Healthcare Provider Well Being
March 12, 2021, 4:10 pm

Corey Feist, JD, MBA

J. Corey Feist, JD, MBA is a health care executive with over 20 years of experience. Corey is the Co-Founder of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes' Foundation and Corey currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the University of Virginia Physicians Group, the medical group practice of UVA Health comprised of 1200+ physicians and advanced practice providers. Corey also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the UVA Darden School of Business where he recently taught a course entitled "Managing in a Pandemic: The Challenge of COVID-19.? Corey is also the Chair of the Board of the Charlottesville Free Clinic. Corey holds his Masters in Business Administration from the UVA Darden School of Business, his Juris Doctorate from Penn State Dickinson School of Law and his Bachelors degree from Hamilton College.
Mental Health -Healthcare Provider Well Being
March 12, 2021, 4:10 pm

Tammy Maloney, FNP-BC, DNP, AE-C

Characteristics of Nurse Practitioners Assessing Intimacy in COPD, Abstract". Poster presented at Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Albuquerque, NM ( November, 2015).
Character is of NPs Assessing Intimacy in COPD". Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, Homestead, Va March, 2016.
"Tools of the Trade for Pulmonary Patients" presentation for Tidewater Region Nurse Practitioner 2014
"Pulmonary Illnesses" Guest lecturer for Old Dominion University NP program.
Rapid Fire: Components of a TeleHealth Visit
March 12, 2021, 4:10 pm

Whitney Pugh, BSN, RN, MSN, FNP-BC

Whitney resides in Roanoke Va where she lives with her husband, Joey and 2 children Miles and Emersyn! She completed her BSN in 2003 and her MSN in 2009 from Radford University! She has worked as a travel nurse in the Emergency Room, Urgent care, Psych, Cosmetic/Concierge, and Family practice.
In 2019 she decided to make a change in medicine and bring back the "Doctor at the bedside” approach! She is the founder and CEO of Agenacare Housecalls PLLC, a Concierge Urgent care mobile practice! Agenacare Housecalls started with 1 provider and cared for 2 counties, in a little over a year the practice now has 11 Providers and cares for over 17 counties!
Rapid Fire: Components of a TeleHealth Visit
March 12, 2021, 4:10 pm

Judy Branscom Jenks, DNP, FNP-BC

Dr. Judy Jenks has been an FNP for 19 years, practicing in rural Appalachia in outpatient Internal Medicine clinics. She volunteers her healthcare services in post-disaster relief situations and in medically underserved areas. She obtained her DNP at Radford University in Executive Leadership and Administration. She is completing a post-graduate certificate in Appalachian Studies and starting a project to capture the stories of the founding NPs in the Appalachian region of the state. She owns her own business as an NP Independent Contractor. She is full-time faculty in the MSN, FNP program at Radford University Carilion in Roanoke, VA. Judy is a published author and international speaker on rural health. She serves as the Public Relations Chair and President-Elect of the Blue Ridge region of VCNP. Judy is a Professional Legal Nurse Consultant, helping attorneys understand the medical profession.
Malpractice vs Nurse Practitioners
March 13, 2021, 9:00 am


Susan obtained her associates degree in nursing in 1977, and began her career in adult critical care, working at several major medical centers throughout the United States, including Dallas, TX, Cincinnati, OH and Roanoke, VA.
She then received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2004 and her Masters Degree in Nursing Clinical Education from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2013. She is nationally certified as a Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN), Case Manager (CCM), and Life Care Planner (CLCP), a Nurse Life Care Planner (CNLCP), as well as being Certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Rehabilitation Provider (CRP).

In 1994, Susan established Wirt & Associates, LLC, where she provides medical-legal consultations, medical case management, and life care planning services to insurance carriers, employers, attorneys (both plaintiff and defense), and families, with a special emphasis on the long-term needs of individuals with chronic health conditions. Although primarily engaged in cases here in the US, Susan has also worked on cases in the UK, Bolivia, Germany, and Ontario, Canada. She is also adjunct faculty for Radford University Carilion in the undergraduate nursing program.
Malpractice vs Nurse Practitioners
March 13, 2021, 9:00 am

Wendy Wright, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP,

Wendy L. Wright,

Wendy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2019 from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She is a 1992 graduate of the Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and completed a family nurse practitioner post-master's program in 1995. She is an adult and family nurse practitioner and the owner of two, nurse practitioner owned and operated clinics within New Hampshire named: Wright & Associates Family Healthcare. Her family practices have won numerous awards, including Top Providers in New Hampshire 2018, Top 20 Fastest Growing Family Business, and Top 20 Women-Owned Business in New Hampshire. In addition, she is the Owner of Partners in Healthcare Education, a medical education company. She is the Past President of NPACE and the Senior lecturer for Fitzgerald Health Education Associates.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and was chosen by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as the 1999 recipient of the New Hampshire State Excellence Award. In addition, she received the 2009 NH Nurse Practitioner of the Year and the 2014 Top 5 Women in New Hampshire Business Award. In 2005, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; in October 2014, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and in March 2017, a Fellow into the National Academies of Practice.

She is the founder of the NH Chamber of Entrepreneurial Nurse Practitioners, an organization designed to assist nurse practitioners with independent practice issues. In addition to full-time clinical practice, she presents nationally to different audiences and has been a speaker at over 1000 conferences in 47 states. She is the nurse practitioner representative to the State of NH Immunization Advisory Board. She has been a medical media spokesperson for numerous companies and has appeared on radio, television, and in print magazines. Wendy is frequently consulted by malpractice attorneys around the area of clinical practice and has worked on more than 100 malpractice cases involving nurses and nurse practitioners.
Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing the Risks
March 13, 2021, 10:15 am
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