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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Nurses unite! SCCH hosts local chapter meeting for Virginia Nurses Association

Nurses unite! SCCH hosts local chapter meeting for Virginia Nurses Association

MARION, Va. – Smyth County Community Hospital recently hosted the first meeting of the Southwestern Chapter of the Virginia Nurses Association (VNA). Nurses from across Southwest Virginia attended, including from SCCH, Francis Marion Manor and Home Health.

Guests included Janet Wall, CEO of the VNA and the Virginia Nurses Foundation; Andrew Lamar, lobbyist for the VNA; Israel O'Quinn, delegate for the 5th District of Virginia; and Terry Brosch, nurse educator and co-lead of the Nursing Task Force and Coalition for Nurses on Boards for the State of Virginia.

“We had a great response,” said Linda Shepherd, associate administrator and chief nursing officer at Smyth County Community Hospital. “It provided us with a lot of very helpful information and offered a great networking opportunity because of the wide representation of nurses from across the region.”

Wall provided updates on nursing activities across the state, upcoming conferences and scholarship opportunities. Lamar and O’Quinn provided updates on legislation and bills related to health care and nursing, activity around these bills, and projections of upcoming bills to be introduced to the general assembly. Brosch presented an interactive program focused on harnessing nursing perspectives and the value of nurses on boards.

CEUs were also provided for the program. The event was open to members as well as nonmembers, both RNs and LPNs.

The next VNA event will take place at Smyth County Community Hospital on Oct. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The focus will be the legislative reception where legislators from across the Southwest Virginia region share their perspectives and insight on health care and nursing-related policies and bills.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to extend my appreciation to several of our team members who have chosen to take an active role as officers for this chapter of the VNA,” Shepherd said. She recognized Nicole Reasor, vice president and government relations chair; Becky Coley, treasurer and student outreach chair; and Lori Hall, secretary.

Shepherd also recognized Hall for another role she will be taking on this year and in 2018. In addition to being a nurse in the Smyth County Community Hospital OR, and her VNA secretary role, she will fill the role of clinical instructor for Smyth County Community Hospital and Francis Marion Manor.

“Her commitment to take on this role, in addition to her current position, will allow the hospital and Francis Marion Manor to once again host students from Virginia Highlands Community College not only at one site but at both sites this fall,” Shepherd said. “The goal is to continue this relationship with VHCC in the future and maintain student rotations at each facility, not only to facilitate their education, but also as a means of recruitment.”