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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing

18VAC90. Board of Nursing




The Board of Nursing is an agency within the Department of Health Professions. Code of Virginia, Title 54.1, Chapter 25. See the summary for the department for the regulatory power applicable to all health regulatory boards. Code of Virginia, Title 54.1, Chapter 24.

The board is authorized to license registered and practical nurses, to register clinical nurse specialists, to certify nurse aides and establish a career advancement certification for certified nurse aides, to register medication aides in assisted living facilities, to approve and prescribe minimum standards for nursing education programs, to approve curricula therefor, to license massage therapists, and to promulgate regulations for the delegation of certain nursing tasks and procedures to an appropriately trained unlicensed person and regulations for collecting, storing and making available nursing workforce information. Code of Virginia, Title 54.1, Chapter 30. It is also authorized, jointly with the Board of Medicine, to promulgate regulations regarding the licensure and practice of nurse practitioners and prescriptive authority for nurse practitioners. Code of Virginia, Title 54.1, Chapter 29.

The board is authorized to cooperate with the Board of Health's promulgation of regulations establishing a nursing scholarship and loan repayment program for registered nurses, practical nurses, and certified nurse aides who agree to perform a period of nursing service in a Commonwealth long-term care facility. Code of Virginia, Title 32.1, Chapter 4, Article 6.

Regulations are available at the board's office at 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233. Internet address:

Rev. 08/2019


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