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Board of Nursing
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico Virginia 23233-1463
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Phone: (804) 367-4515
Fax: (804) 527-4455
Complaints: (800) 533-1560

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Nursys e-Notify
Nursys e-Notify is a free service that will provide you with electronic licensure renewal notifications and license status changes

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Healthcare Occupational Roadmap: An Exciting Career in Healthcare Awaits

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Human Trafficking in Virginia
Get information about human trafficking, resources for victims, and reporting of a suspicion of trafficking.

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Disaster Preparedness
You as a citizen can better prepare for a disaster by clicking on the below links:
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National Drug Take Back Day

"DHP Encourages Health Practitioners to Advise Patients to Participate April 27, 2019 in DEA Drug Take Back Day--". An Open Letter from DHP Director, David Brown, D.C..

Healthcare practitioners are encouraged to advise patients about this service and to remind them it is free and anonymous with no questions asked. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites coordinated with law enforcement agencies throughout Virginia.

Healthcare professionals are encouraged to read a letter from DHP Director Dr. David Brown.

You can use the DEA website to enter your zip code to find a local collection site.

Licensed Nurse Practitioner News

New autonomous practice law enacted by Governor Northam and the associated emergency regulations promulgated by the Committee of the Joint Boards of Nursing and Medicine are in effect as of January 7, 2019.  This new law allows Nurse Practitioners with the equivalent of 5 years of full-time clinical experience to be able to apply for full practice authority (autonomous practice).  More information regarding the new law, may be found at Virginia Code § 54.1-2957 and emergency regulations at 18 VAC 90-30-86Click Here for the Application also available on the Board of Nursing Applications page.

Virginia Nurse Aide Exam

Changes to the Fees for Nurse Aide Test Effective February 1, 2019 more

Medicaid Expansion

Health care providers serving Virginians can learn about Medicaid Exapansion at the Department of Medical Assistance Services web site.

Notice of Proposed NLC Rulemaking

The Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators (ICNLCA) will hold a hearing on proposed rules via teleconference at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on June 29, 2018. Click here for more information. Click here to view the notice.

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Details may be found on our Nurse Licensure Compact webpage and by going to NCSBN's website for even more detail.

Nursys e-Notify

Nursys e-Notify

The Board of Nursing is pleased to inform you of a free service Nursys e-Notify that will provide you with electronic licensure renewal notifications and license status changes. You may sign yourself up as an individual to receive these notifications OR you may establish an EMPLOYER account to receive notifications about nurses you employ. Both of these services are free. Visit Nursys e-Notify to sign up or go here to view videos to learn more about the services.

Public Comment Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators

Notice of Public Hearing: The Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators (ICNLCA) will hold a hearing on proposed rules via teleconference at 2:00 P.M. (Central Standard Time) on December 8, 2017.

Interested persons may electronically submit written comments regarding proposed rules or amendments at

If electronic submission is not possible, verbal comments will be permitted at the public hearing referenced above. Teleconference participant information is posted at .

One-Time Renewal Fee Reductions more

NCSBN Substance Abuse Disorder Courses for Nurses - FREE more

New Controlled Substances CE Requirements for Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners must now obtain 2 hours of Type 1 (CAT I) continuing education (CE) in the 24 months prior to your next biennial renewal. It is the responsibility of the licensee to find and complete the CE activities. Please click here to read the FAQs related to Controlled Substances CE Requirements.

9 things to consider when choosing a Nursing Education Program Guidance for selecting a nursing education program

Opioid Addiction Crisis Declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia

On November 21, 2016 Governor McAuliffe issued a News Release stating that State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine has declared Virginia’s opioid abuse crisis a Public Health Emergency in the Commonwealth.

Visit the Virginia Department of Health for more information.
Download Commissioner Levine’s message to healthcare practitioners on dispensing Naloxone.

Renewal notices for January 2019 expiration dates have been mailed. You can renew online now by clicking here.

Continued Competency Requirements for Nurses more

Public Health Information more

Address of Record more

Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses more

Duty to Report Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation more

Other Announcements

Regulated Professions

View the list of Professions regulated by the Board.

Online Services

Applicants for initial licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Licensed Massage Therapist, Medication Aide, Nurse Aide, and Advanced Certified Nurse Aide, can apply online. Click here to begin the online application process.

Existing Licensees can renew a license, change an address and request a duplicate license online.

Forms & Applications

Download the available forms and applications from the Board.

Education Programs

Find out about RN, PN, Nurse Aide and Registered Medication Aide education programs.

Laws & Regulations

Laws and Regulations Governing the Board of Nursing

Board Members, Meetings and Minutes

View the calendar of upcoming Board Meetings, minutes from past Board meetings and the current Members of the Board.

Guidance Documents

View and download the list of available guidance documents. These documents provide information or guidance to the public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations

Annual Report Forms:

Nurse Aide Program | Advanced Nurse Aide Program (Word documents)


Please Note: Change in Testing Service for NCLEX Candidates(Word doc).
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has information about NCLEX and other NCSBN activities.

National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP)

Pearson VUE’s website has information and an application to sit for the state Nurse Aide exam.

Board Reports

View reports on board statistics, discipline and our workforce survey.

Regulatory Town Hall

The Virginia Department of Planning & Budget has designed a Regulatory Town Hall for anyone interested in the proposal of regulations or meetings of regulatory boards.