Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
Regulations of the Board of Nursing [18 VAC 90 ‑ 20]    (Repealed)
Promulgate New Chapters 19 and 27 and Repeal Chapter 20
Action 4539
General Information
Action Summary Chapter 20 is repealed and re-promulgated into Chapter 19, Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing and Chapter 27, Regulations Governing Nursing Education Programs. In Chapter 19, requirements for licensure of nurses are not changed, but there are several amendments to clarify the national examination required for licensure and the educational qualifications for persons whose nursing education was completed in another country. Amendments to the sections on clinical nurse specialists do not change the current requirements but are consistent with legislation passed in the 2016 General Assembly. In Chapter 27, amendments will delete several requirements for nursing education programs that have been problematic and will include the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia as the approving body for certain nursing education programs.
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 18 VAC 90-20 Regulations of the Board of Nursing Repeal Entire Regulation
Other chapters
  18 VAC 90 - 19 Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing Promulgate New Regulation
  18 VAC 90 - 27 Regulations Governing Nursing Education Programs Promulgate New Regulation
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [004643]
New Periodic Review This action will be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7519 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/24/2017.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jay P. Douglas, R.N.  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 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.