Superintendent’s Memo #268-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

September 28, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Special Grants Available for Survey Fee Required for Practical Nursing Programs

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to offer a special grant to school divisions with practical nursing programs that are scheduled for a survey visit by the Virginia Board of Nursing during 2012-13.  This grant is being provided with federal Perkins funds to school divisions on a reimbursement basis and will cover the $2,200 survey fee.  In subsequent years, this fee is an allowable expenditure of the Perkins grant award funds for career and technical education if included in the local approved application.

In compliance with the Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing - Effective 12-22-11, 18 VAC 90-20-10, the high school courses affected by the fees are Practical Nursing I (8357), II (8358), and III (8359).  The fees do not apply to the high school nurse aide programs or other Health and Medical Sciences programs.

According to employment projections produced by the Virginia Employment Commission and the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for licensed practical nurses (LPN) is expected to increase by 15 percent from 2008 to 2018.  Virginia LPNs have median annual earnings of $37,700.  Providing career opportunities for students in the practical nursing program will contribute significantly to Virginia’s work force needs today and in the future.

For questions concerning the practical nursing programs and the process for reimbursement of the survey fee through the special grant, please contact staff in the Office of Career and Technical Education Services at CTE@doe.virginia.gov or at (804) 225-2051.

For questions concerning the Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing, please contact Dr. Paula B. Saxby, R.N., deputy executive director, Virginia Board of Nursing at paula.saxby@dhp.virginia.gov or at (804) 367-4597 or (804) 367-4569.

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