Denni Woodmansee is well known to PAs throughout the nation but especially important to the 1600 PAs who work at the Department of Veteran Affairs. He is the only PA to hold a Senior Executive Service level position with the Department of Veteran Affairs. He directly influences policy makers in Washington DC at the VA Headquarters. His role is clearly to advance the interest of the PA at the Department of Veteran Affairs. As many of you have become aware, last year, Nurse Practitioners at the Department of Veteran Affairs were rewarded with blanket independent practice rights. For the uninitiated , that is Full Practice Authority. Without any testing, without any level of clinical hour achievement, the mere FNP degree won the Nurse Practitioners full independent practice within the Department of Veteran Affairs. Yet, not a word was uttered the the top man in the VA who represents the interests of PAs. Mr Woodmansee was mute and remains mute. One may wonder why he is so willing to ignore that defeat suffered by thousands of PAs at the Department of Veteran Affairs. The answer to that is with his second role as Director of the NCCPA. You might ask "so what?" Well, you have to read the lengthy requirements to be a Director at the NCCPA. I will spare you the boring details because it boils down to just one requirement. "An NCCPA Director must have an undivided allegiance to the NCCPA and its mission." You might say again, "so what." Remember that video and statement put out by Morton Rizzo where she essentially skewers PAs by making it clear that we are not independent practitioners. So, nobody on the board, including Denni Woodmansee, can perform his duties as an NCCPA board member and be the SES Top Official representing PAs at the same time. Mr Woodmansee should have advocated as strongly as possible to win independent practice for PAs at the Department of Veteran Affairs but he did not. Thus, we lost professional advancement to NPs. There are two solutions here. Either Mr Woodmansee can resign his position at the Department of Veteran Affairs because he cannot be loyal to the PAs he is supposed to represent or he can resign his Directorship at the NCCPA because he cannot speak against the NCCPA's ban on independent practice.
Please join me in asking Mr Woodmansee to make the responsible choice here. We argue about why PAs are falling behind and I have just given you a very clear explanation. You can google Mr Woodmansee at the Department of Veteran Affairs to obtain contact information or you may contact the NCCPA directly to inquire how you will be able to reach Mr Woodmansee.
It is time for Woodmansee to go. Either leave the NCCPA or leave the Department of Veteran Affairs.