|Message from the Director|
As Director of the Department of Health Professions (DHP), I am pleased to introduce on behalf of the Commonwealths' 13 health regulatory boards and the Board of Health Professions, this brief synopsis on the work of the boards to license and regulate Virginia's 350,000 healthcare practitioners across 80 professions. Each board works "To ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public."
Virginia Board of Nursing Honored with National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) 2011 Regulatory Award for Excellence
Data a Vital First Step in Projecting Nurse Workforce Capacity
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Own Your Future: Virginia's Long-Term Care Awareness Campaign
Our mission is to ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public.
Virginia Board of Nursing Initiates Bi-Annual Orientation for Nursing Leaders
Virginia Board of Nursing (BON) Executive Director, Jay Douglas, R.N., M.S.M., C.S.A.C., conducted a workshop on BON 2013 laws and regulations to nursing leaders and employers of nurses at the Department of Health Professions. Click here for a full summary of the presentation.
“New Frontiers for Virginia’s Healthcare Workforce” Forum Summary
The Healthcare Workforce Data Center (HWDC) recently released five reports compiled from 2011-2012 surveys of healthcare licensees from the professions of dentistry, nursing and pharmacy. Read more about the forum and what was discussed here.
Meningitis outbreak linked to steroid injection; expanded drug recall
Read more about the outbreak and recall here. - Updated March 4, 2013
Virginia Board of Optometry joins with the US Food and Drug Administration to Alert Consumers of Risks Associated with Non-Prescription Decorative Contact Lenses - Halloween inspired cosmetic contact lenses can prove to be a health hazard.
As consumers prepare for Halloween, the Virginia Board of Optometry joins the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm275069.htm to caution against the use of non-corrective, decorative contact lenses sold without a prescription or proper fitting by a licensed eye care professional. Read the full Alert.
Press Release - Virginia Physician Workforce Survey
Virginia physicians over the age of 55 are increasingly working full time hours later in life while fewer young practitioners are working full time hours. Females make up a majority of Virginia’s physicians under age 35 for the first time in Virginia’s history. Read the Press Release | View the Findings
Virginia is among 13 states to join the fight against drug diversion and illegal use of prescription pain medication through increased online technology. The implementation of this technology comes at a time when prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. Read the press release.
Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses
Virginia law allows active duty service people or their spouses who are deployed outside the U.S. to have an extension of time for any requirement or fee pertaining to renewal until 60 days after the person’s return from deployment. The extension cannot last beyond 5 years past the expiration date for the license. For more information, please read attached policy and contact the applicable board for your license.
Public Health Information
As of August 1, 2010, DHP no longer accepts cash payments or foreign checks. Only the following payment methods are accepted:
- Personal/Business Checks
- Cashier’s/Certified Checks
- Money Orders
No cash, credit/debit cards, or foreign checks are accepted at DHP’s central office. DHP offers online and mail-in payment options. For online options click the following links:
Online Renewals | Online Applications
The Department’s most important priority is to ensure that citizens receive safe and competent healthcare. We have achieved a dramatic improvement in how long it takes to resolve disciplinary cases without sacrificing public safety. Click here, or the chart below, to get the complete story.
DHP exceeds its goal by closing 95% of disciplinary cases within 250 working days...
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