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About the Board of Nursing

The Virginia Board of Nursing is comprised of a 14-member Board, a 5-member Massage Therapist Advisory Board, and support staff in the areas of administration, licensing, and enforcement.

The Board licenses professionals in the following fields:

  • Advanced Certified Nurse Aide
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Registered Medication Aide
  • Registered Nurse

In addition, the Board approves and regulates Virginia educational programs for the following fields:

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • Medication Aide


Virginia Board of Nursing
Jay P. Douglas, MSM, RN, CSAC, FRE, Executive Director
Cynthia M. Swineford, MSN, RN, CNE, President