Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
Petition 212
Petition Information
Petition Title Acceptance of paramedic hours towards clinical hours for nursing education
Date Filed 7/9/2014    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Patrick Sorensen 
Petitioner's Request

To accept paramedic hours of clinical experience towards the requirement of 500-hour requirement for licensure as a registered nurse, similar to the 150 hours of credit allowed for persons licensed as practical nurses.

Agency's Plan

 In accordance with Virginia law, the petition to amend the regulation was posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at  It has also been filed with the Register of Regulations for publication on July 28, 2014. Comment on the petition from interested parties will be accepted from July 28th until August 27, 2014. 

Following receipt of all comments on the petition, the request will be considered by the Board of Nursing at its meeting scheduled for September 16, 2014.

Comment Period Ended 8/27/2014
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 10/27/2014
Agency Decision Summary

The Board of Nursing considered the request at its meeting on September 16, 2104 and, after much discussion, declined to initiate rulemaking.  While the Board recognizes the excellent contributions of paramedics in emergency medical services, it does not feel that the training and experience provides a broad range of patient care in a variety of settings.  Additionally, the educational curriculum of a licensed practical nurse includes rotations across the spectrum of the life cycle with various populations, so it would be difficult to equate the clinical experience.  

Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Henrico, 23233
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