Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
Regulations Governing the Licensure of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses [18 VAC 90 ‑ 30]
Written protocol to include signature authorization
Action 1549
General Information
Action Summary Subsection C is added to section 120, which establishes the criteria for practice by a nurse practitioner. The new rule will require that the written protocol between the supervising physician and the nurse practitioner must include the nurse practitioner's authority for signatures, certifications, stamps, verifications, affidavits and endorsements provided the signing of documents is 1) In accordance with the specialty license of the nurse practitioner and with the scope of practice of the supervising physician; 2) Permitted by ยง 54.1-2957.02 or applicable sections of the Code of Virginia; and 3) Not in conflict with federal law or regulation.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project No project yet assigned to this action
Associated Mandates Written protocol for nurse practitioner signatures
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
2807 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. Emergency regulation expired on 07/14/2005.
2971 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/25/2005.
3198 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/27/2005.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jay P. Douglas, R.N.  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Sutie 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4520    FAX: (804)527-4455    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.