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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 90. Board of Nursing
Chapter 30. Regulations Governing the Licensure of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

18VAC90-30-220. Grounds for disciplinary action against the license of a licensed  advanced practice registered nurse.

The boards may deny licensure or relicensure, revoke or suspend the license, or take other disciplinary action upon proof that the advanced practice registered nurse:

1. Has had a license or multistate privilege to practice nursing in this Commonwealth or in another jurisdiction revoked or suspended or otherwise disciplined;

2. Has directly or indirectly represented to the public that the advanced practice registered nurse is a physician, or is able to, or will practice independently of a physician;

3. Has exceeded the authority as a licensed advanced practice registered nurse;

4. Has violated or cooperated in the violation of the laws or regulations governing the practice of medicine, nursing or advanced practice registered nurses;

5. Has become unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety to patients as the result of a physical or mental illness or the excessive use of alcohol, drugs, narcotics, chemicals, or any other type of material;

6. Has violated or cooperated with others in violating or attempting to violate any law or regulation, state or federal, relating to the possession, use, dispensing, administration, or distribution of drugs;

7. Has failed to comply with continuing competency requirements as set forth in 18VAC90-30-105;

8. Has willfully or negligently breached the confidentiality between a practitioner and a patient. A breach of confidentiality that is required or permitted by applicable law or beyond the control of the practitioner shall not be considered negligent or willful;

9. Has engaged in unauthorized use or disclosure of confidential information received from the Prescription Monitoring Program, the electronic system within the Department of Health Professions that monitors the dispensing of certain controlled substances; or

10. Has engaged in conversion therapy with a person younger than 18 years of age.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-2400 and 54.1-2957 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR495-02-1 § 5.1, eff. June 22, 1989; amended, Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 1, eff. November 1, 1995; Volume 18, Issue 15, eff. May 8, 2002; Volume 25, Issue 5, eff. December 25, 2008; Volume 35, Issue 21, eff. July 10, 2019; Volume 38, Issue 10, eff. February 2, 2022; Volume 40, Issue 4, eff. November 8, 2023.

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