Superintendent’s Memo #308-15

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

December 18, 2015

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Board of Nursing Revised Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing

The Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON) released revised Commonwealth of Virginia Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing (Attachment A), 18VAC 90-20-10 et seq., Statutory Authority: §§54.1-2400 and Chapter 30 of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia on December 2, 2015. The changes will impact all Virginia Department of Education approved practical nursing programs.  Carefully review the attached resources that provide detailed information and guidance for implementing the revised regulations. Information highlighted in “blue” denotes a language change or clarification of the requirement and information highlighted in “red” indicates a new section or a new regulation.

Attachment B – Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing PowerPoint

Attachment C – A flowchart that identifies the process for preparing and submitting an “Application for Initial Approval of Nursing Education Program” and refers to the following sections of the regulations:

Part II, Article 1

Attachment D – A flowchart that identifies the process for “Continued Approval of Nursing Education Programs” and refers to the following sections of the regulations:

Part II, Article 2

Additional important revisions are related to program changes, instructional simulation requirements, faculty qualification and requests for faculty exceptions, review process for non-accredited programs, written agreements with cooperating agencies, and provisions for information to be published.  

Under a separate cover, this information will be provided to career and technical education administrators and practical nursing program directors to ensure they are informed of these revisions and all programs comply with the revised regulations.

If you have any questions about the revised regulations, please contact Paula Saxby, Deputy Executive Director for the Virginia Board of Nursing at paula.saxby@dhp.virginia.gov, or Charlette Ridout, Senior Nursing Education Consultant for the Virginia Board of Nursing at charlette.ridout@dhp.virginia.gov.

If you have any questions about the high school nursing education program offerings, please contact Michele R. Green-Wright, specialist for health and medical sciences and related clusters, Office of Career and Technical Education, at CTE@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3119.

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Attachments:

  1. Commonwealth of Virginia Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing (PDF)
  2. Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing (PDF)
  3. Application for Initial Approval of Nursing Education Program Flowchart (PDF)
  4. Continued Approval of Nursing Education Programs Flowchart (PDF)