Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
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4/26/18  10:23 am
Commenter: Melissa Bond, BSN, RN, James Madison University

Proposed Independent Practice Bill

I am a family nurse practitioner student at James Madison University, and I will be graduating in May 2019, thus these regulations will impact my future practice.  The FNP program at JMU is rigorous with both classroom and clinical applications.  We are instructed on using the most current guidelines and evidence when treating our patients, as well as seeking answers from specialist consultants when faced with a complicated cases.  This ensures safe, high quality care for our patients.  For these reasons, nurse practitioners are prepared for independent practice because of this commitment to changing practice based on evidence based research and using the most current resources to guide care.  I support this bill, and I do feel that my education will prepare me for independent practice.  

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