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Petition 52
Petition Information
Petition Title Elimination of physician signature for practice agreement and protocol
Date Filed 1/22/2008   
Petitioner Aida and Donald Johnson 
Petitioner's Request

To amend regulations to modify the definition of a "licensed physician;" to remove all requirements for nurse practitioners to develop and sign practice agreements with physicians; to require a nurse practitioner to work for at least two years as a RN in a hospital or medical facility.

Agency's Plan

After publication of the petition and comment until March 10, 2008, the request will be considered by the Committee of the Joint Boards of Nursing and Medicine for a recommendation on action by the two boards.

Comment Period Ended 3/10/2008
Agency Decision Take no action    
Response Date 7/1/2008
Agency Decision Summary

At a meeting of the Board of Nursing on May 20, 2008 and at a meeting of the Board of Medicine on June 26, 2008, the petition request was denied because changes to the supervisory requirements for nurse practitioners with prescriptive authority would necessitate a statutory action by the General Assembly. Practice by a nurse practitioner on a military base is not governed by Virginia law or regulation, so it is not correct to state that a licensed nurse practitioner could not care for soldiers or their families on a military base because of state regulation.