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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall

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Competency requirements for reactivation and reinstatement
Stage: Fast-Track
18VAC90-20-225

18VAC90-20-225. Inactive licensure.

A. A registered nurse or licensed practical nurse who holds a current, unrestricted license in Virginia may, upon a request on the renewal application and submission of the required fee, be issued an inactive license. The holder of an inactive license shall not be entitled to practice nursing in Virginia or practice on a multistate licensure privilege but may use the title "registered nurse" or "licensed practical nurse."

B. Reactivation of an inactive license.

1. A nurse whose license is inactive may reactivate within one renewal period by payment of the difference between the inactive renewal and the active renewal fee.

2. A nurse whose license has been inactive for more than one renewal period may reactivate by:

a. Submitting an application;

b. Paying the difference between the inactive renewal and the active renewal fee; and

c. Providing evidence of completion of 15 hours of continuing education in nursing approved by a regionally accredited educational institution or professional nursing organization or of passage of the National Council Licensing Examination at least one of the learning activities or courses specified in 18VAC90-20-221 during the period in which the license has been inactive the two years immediately preceding application for reactivation.

3. The board may waive all or part of the continuing education requirement for a nurse who holds a current, unrestricted license in another state and who has engaged in active practice during the period the Virginia license was inactive.

4. The board may request additional evidence that the nurse is prepared to resume practice in a competent manner.

5. The board reserves the right to deny a request for reactivation to any licensee who has been determined to have committed an act in violation of ยง 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia or any provision of this chapter.

18VAC90-20-230

18VAC90-20-230. Reinstatement of lapsed licenses or license suspended or revoked.

A. A nurse whose license has lapsed may be reinstated within one renewal period by payment of the current renewal fee and the late renewal fee.

B. A nurse whose license has lapsed for more than one renewal period shall:

1. File a reinstatement application and pay the reinstatement fee; and

2. Provide evidence of completing 15 hours of continuing education in nursing approved by a regionally accredited educational institution or professional nursing organization or of passage of National Council Licensing Examination at least one of the learning activities or courses specified in 18VAC90-20-221 during the period in which the license has been lapsed the two years immediately preceding application for reinstatement.

C. The board may waive all or part of the continuing education requirement for a nurse who holds a current, unrestricted license in another state and who has engaged in active practice during the period the Virginia license was lapsed.

D. A nurse whose license has been suspended or revoked by the board may apply for reinstatement by filing a reinstatement application, fulfilling requirements for continuing competency as required in subsection B of this section, and paying the fee for reinstatement after suspension or revocation. A nurse whose license has been revoked may not apply for reinstatement sooner than three years from entry of the order of revocation.

E. The board may request additional evidence that the nurse is prepared to resume practice in a competent manner.