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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), Advanced Practice Registered Nurses 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

Licensed Certified Midwife

The regulations for a new profession – Licensed Certified Midwife (“LCM”) – will be effective on February 1st, 2024.  


Important NLC Rule Changes

NLC rule changes taking effect on January 2, 2024, will impact nurses moving from one compact state to another compact state.


Upcoming Events

Thu, Jul 25, 2024 9:00 AM
Formal Hearings
Board Room 4

Mon, Jul 29, 2024 9:00 AM
Informal Conferences - Agency Subordinate
Hearing Room 5

Thu, Aug 1, 2024 9:00 AM
Special Conference Committee - A
Training Room 1

More information on the Nursing Calendar Page.

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