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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
Petition 133
Petition Information
Petition Title Changes to registration requirements and practice of clinical nurse specialists
Date Filed 3/24/2011    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Donna Bond 
Petitioner's Request

The petitioner request that regulations and/or statutes be changed to:

License clinical nurse specialists (CNS) as an APRN in Virginia

Ensure that CNS practice to the full extent of education, skills and competencies

Recognize national standards for competencies and behaviors of graduates of CNS programs

Provide a standardized definition of the role and scope of practice for CNS

Allow regular monitoring of CNS workforce supply and demand

Continue to provide title protection for CNS

Request that the Board examine its regulations governing the practice of CNS for consistency and congruence with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing consensus model for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse regulations.

Agency's Plan


Comment on the petition is requested until May 1, 2011. 
Following receipt of all comments on the petition to amend regulations, the petition request will be considered by the Board of Nursing at its meeting on May 17, 2011 to decide whether to make any changes to the regulatory language. Given the breadth of the petition, it is likely that statutory changes would have to be made by the Virginia General Assembly in order to accomplish some of the petition request.
Comment Period Ended 5/1/2011
Agency Decision Initiate a regulatory change    
Response Date 1/2/2012
Agency Decision Summary

The board decided to initiate a regulatory action to review the rules for clinical nurse specialists relating to education, requirements for licensure and practice.

Associated regulatory action Review of requirements for clinical nurse specialists
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Contact Information
Name / Title: Jay P. Douglas  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
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