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Laws and Regulations

Laws as of July 1, 2023
Selected sections of the Code of Virginia

Final Regulations
Regulations currently in effect for practitioners under the Board


PLEASE NOTE: Chapter 20, Regulations of the Board of Nursing, has been replaced by two new chapters:  Chapter 19, Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing and Chapter 27, Regulations Governing Nursing Education Programs.

Click here to obtain a Petition for Rule-making.  If you would like the Board to consider amending one of its regulations or rules, you may file a "petition for rule-making". The Board is required to publish your petition in the Virginia Register and post it online at to begin a 21-day comment period on the request. Within 90 days after the comment period or 14 days after its next scheduled meeting, the Board will issue a decision on whether it will grant or deny the petition. A copy of the petition form is provided. You may email the petition to the address below, fax it to the number on the form or mail it to the Board address.


Proposed Regulations
Amendments to regulations proposed by the Board

All of the Board's proposed regulations can be found on the Townhall website.

Emergency Regulations
Amended regulations in effect for 18 months

  • none at this time

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