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Who We Are

The Virginia Board of Nursing consists of a 14-member Board, a 5-member Massage Therapy Advisory Board, as well as administrative, licensing, discipline, education, and support staff.

What We Do

We regulate Nurses (RN and LPN), Nurse Practitioners including Nurse Anesthetists and Nurse Midwives, Nurse Aides, Advanced Certified Nurse Aides, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Medication Aides and Massage Therapists. We also regulate Prescriptive Authority for Nurse Practitioners. The Board also approves and regulates in-state education programs for Nurses (RN and LPN), Nurse Aides, and Medication Aides.


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Apply for a License

Recent graduates, professionals licensed outside of Virginia, and those wanting to reinstate licenses.

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File a Complaint

The Department of Health Professions investigates complaints about Virginia healthcare practitioners who may have violated a regulation or law.

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Education and Workforce Information

Considering becoming a Registered Nurse, Practical Nurse, Nurse Aide or  Medication Aide? Find out more about education programs in Virginia here.

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Renew License

Health Professionals who are licensed in Virginia can renew their licenses online.

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Practitioner Info

Lookup or verify a license, review case decisions.

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Laws and Regulations

Review state laws and regulations that apply to health professionals.

Featured News

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NLC Educational Webinars

NLC is offering a series of topic-specific webinars geared toward helping you get the additional information and education you seek. 


Update: Licensed Nurse Practitioners (except CNMs, CRNAs, and CNSs) – Change in Clinical Experience Requirement to Apply for the Autonomous Practice Designation

Effective July 1, 2022, the clinical experience requirement to practice without a written or electronic practice agreement will revert back to five (5) years due a sunset clause included in Hb1737 passed in the 2021 Special Session I. 


Upcoming Events

Thu, Feb 2, 2023 9:00 AM
Special Conference Committee - A
Training Room 1

Mon, Feb 6, 2023 9:00 AM
Special Conference Committee - D
Training Room 1

Tue, Feb 7, 2023 9:00 AM
Informal Conferences - Agency Subordinate
Training Room 1

More information on the Nursing Calendar Page.

Virginia Board of Nursing
Jay P. Douglas, MSM, RN, CSAC, FRE, Executive Director
Brandon A. Jones, MSN, RN, CEN, NEA-BC, President