Conference Business Meeting
April 20, 2017
Meadowkirk Delta Farm,
Phelps, Co-President; Crystal
Hicks, Co-President; Sharon
Daniels, Vice-President; LuAnn Saner, Secretary; Sonya Mohr, Treasurer; Michele
Morgan, Social Media Specialist; Irma Mahone, CNE Coordinator.
Regional Rep Coordinator: Allison Downer O’Brien
Region I Rep:
Region II Rep:
Region IV Rep:
Jen made the call to order.
Jen noted that there wasn’t
an electronic version of the report from the last executive meeting available
to put up online.
After the membership
reviewed the Treasurer’s report, Nina questioned the account maintenance fee
being charged by SunTrust Bank.
Following review, Daryl Vazquez made a motion to accept, seconded by
Fall 2016 Post-Conference
went over some of the comments that were made and highlighted that people
really liked the presentation by Janssen Pharmaceuticals and that it was a
short conference (i.e. Thursday evening through mid-afternoon Friday.)
noted that the Fairfax – Falls Church Community Services Board would be
receiving an award from VACPN for their use of social media to promote mental
health awareness. They were
unable to send a representative to the conference and will be receiving their
award via email.
Years Celebration. Jen mentioned
that there would be special recognition given to those members celebrating
thirty years with VACPN in honor of their commitment and dedication.
VACSB (Sharon Daniels,
shared that one of their priorities is going to be same day access. She also said that they will be
looking at increasing services in jails and spoke briefly about ARTS, for
substance abuse treatment.
will be attending the VACSB conference in Portsmouth, VA from May 3 – 5,
2017. They will be discussing
performance measures. Sharon
mentioned that she didn’t tend to see a lot of nurses there. She added that because conferences
are expenses, her recommendation to those interested in attending is that
they select the ones that will be presenting the most information. She also advised finding out when and
where their committee meetings are being held. Jen noted that VACSB very much wants VACPN to be
represented at their meetings.
Virginia Board of Nursing
(VBON) (Jen Phelps, Secretary of VBON):
shared that a bill will be voted upon whether people identified as substance
abusers be referred to treatment services.
Legislative Coalition of
Virginia Nurses (LCVN) (Lisa Babilon, VACPN representative):
shared that they are tracking bills in the state legislature that might
impact nurses and patients. She
said that there are a lot of bills pertaining to the opioid crisis. Lisa briefly discussed HB1549 and
SB1005, both of which were passed and then signed into law in March 2017. A provision for CSBs to provide same
day psychiatric evaluation to individuals served goes into effect July 1,
2019. There is also a provision that
will go into effect on July 1, 2021 for CSBs to provide core services that
include mental health services for members of the military and veterans
living 50 and 40 miles, respectively, from military and VA treatment facilities. Also going into effect on July 1,
2019, are provisions to provide crisis services, psychiatric rehabilitation
services, primary care screenings, and monitoring of physical health
indicators and risks.
CNEs (Nina Beaman, CNE
gave a preview of coming attractions.
She said that topics of specific interest to those working with ID and
Youth and Family populations will be covered. She also said that we will be doing breakout sessions by
nursing sub-specialty to learn what topics are of interest for upcoming
Social Media (Michele
Morgan, Social Media Coordinator):
asked members to ‘like’ the VACPN FB page. She said that our fan page has over 100 followers, a lot
of whom are CSBs.
Regional Rep Reports:
I: Allison reached out to
members from Region I.
II: Randy said she would be
working on having a regional meeting following this conference.
III: Nobody present to report.
IV: Lisa reported sending out a
‘save the date’ for a regional meeting planned for June.
V: Region V relayed some news to
share. They said that Northern
Neck added a PACT team and tat Newport News had expanded services, increased
primary care, and hired a care coordinator.
Awards Ceremony (Jen
announced to the membership that there would be a reception tonight to honor
Irma and Jeanne, co-founders of VACPN.
She said that a $100 donation had been made to NAMI in their
name. Every year from now on a
VACPN nurse will be selected to have a donation made in their honor. Jen reminded the membership that we
have not been receiving nominations and encouraged everyone to think about
anyone who ought to be recognized.
Breakout Session Guidelines
(Jen Phelps, Co-President):
discussed things for everyone to be thinking about going into the breakout
sessions. She asked everyone to
consider how to increase membership.
She also asked everyone to discuss where they would be interested to
go for spring conference. She
noted that price is an issue as is getting off work for 2 1/2 days. Jen also requested that members
consider running for offices and speak with past officers and regional reps
to get an understanding of the work involved. In addition, she asked that everyone consider having
a membership fee that would be collected every February. She pointed out that it is somewhat
non-existent right now, having been rolled into the fee for spring
listed the offices that would be voted upon following the breakout
sessions: Co-Presidents, CNE
Coordinator, Secretary, Social Media Coordinator, Regional Rep Coordinator,
and Regional Reps. Regarding the
Regional Reps, Jen asked that everyone consider whether we want to make that
a 2-year term.
Reports from Breakout
Region II: Randy
Acosta was elected to continue as Region II rep. She reported that Region II expressed a general preference
to return to Shrinemont for the spring 2018 conference, but maybe cutting it
from 2 ½ to 1 ½ days. She said
that they had discussed having a membership drive by having members bring
information about VACPN into their workplaces. She also said that region II had discussed perhaps
collecting membership fees at both the fall and the spring conference. Jen responded that doing it in
February would make it easier on the Treasurer and that collecting 25 dollars
just once a year would make it easier on people financially.
Region I: Jan
Puffenberger was elected to continue as Region I rep. She said that they will be holding
regional meetings the third week in August and the third week in
February. She shared that Nina
offered to make up a flyer about VACPN to distribute to prospective members
during the upcoming Nurses’ Week in May. Jan reported that they would be looking at other
departments in the CSB besides Mental Health that have nurses, such as ID and
SA, to make sure they have an opportunity to provide input on what conference
offerings would be of interest to them.
She said that regarding spring conference, Region II preferred that it
be 1 ½ days duration and that lodging be one night in a hotel. She pointed out that a lot of people
come to fall conference (which has traditionally been held in a hotel.) She also said that region II
recommended charging only a conference fee and having everyone arrange their
hotel room on their own. Region
II agreed that collecting a membership fee each February was fine.
Region III: There
were no representatives present from Region III. Jen said that she would be reaching out to Patricia
Crissman, who recently lost her mother.
Region IV: Lisa,
the current regional rep, said that Terri was elected to be the new rep for
region IV. She reported that
region IV was not in favor of reducing the number of days for the spring
conference. She also said that
they did not want to go to Shrinemont, and wanted to propose Shalom House in
Montpelier, VA as a possible site.
Region IV was fine with collecting membership fees in February, but
also wanted to keep the option to collect them at the spring conference.
Region V: Allison, the regional rep coordinator, reported for region
V. She said that Joanne Archie
was elected to continue as regional rep. Region V agreed that everyone should try to increase
membership, and that adding topics of interest to ID, SA, and
Child/Adolescent was a good idea.
They would like to go to Shrinemont for spring conference and keep the
duration at 2 ½ days. They are
fine with collecting a membership fee in February. They will be having the fall 2017 conference in their
Vote on Officers:
Babilon was nominated by Sharon.
Jen Phelps was nominated by LuAnn. Ayes were unanimous, none opposed.
CNE Coordinator: Allison
nominated Kirk. Jen
seconded. Ayes were unanimous,
Morgan was nominated by LuAnn.
Jen seconded. Ayes were
unanimous, none opposed.
Specialist: Crystal was nominated by
Allison. Ayes were unanimous,
The business meeting closed
with Nina reviewing the new CNE form for members to complete and turn in to receive
6 ANCC hours. She reminded
everyone that they did not need to write a dissertation, and said that brief
comments would be beneficial.
The next meeting of the
Executive Committee will be Friday, August 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Valley CSB.
LuAnn Saner, Secretary.