At its September 18th meeting, the Board of Nursing voted 12-0 to adopt the HB 793 draft emergency regulations, as amended by the Board of Medicine at its August 3rd meeting. The Board of Nursing did not make any additional changes to the regulations. To view a copy of the updated emergency regulations, as passed, please click here. The regulations will now be reviewed by several state agencies before reaching the Governor’s desk for his signature. Per the law, the emergency regulations must be in place - and HB 793 take effect - by early January 2019.
The Virginia Board of Medicine convened and discussed the draft regulations for HB 793. Though the Committee of the Joint Boards and the Board of Nursing had both passed draft regulations that defined “five years of full-time experience” as 8,000 hours (an average of 1,600 hours/year) at their respective meetings, the Board of Medicine decided to amend the draft regulations, changing the definition of “five years of full-time experience” to 9,000 hours.
The Board of Nursing voted unanimously to pass the draft regulations for HB 793, as established at the May 17th meeting of the Joint Boards and advisory committee.
A second public commentary period has opened for members of the public to make remarks about the HB 793 draft regulations passed at the May 17th meeting. Visit the Virginia Town Hall Regulatory site to participate. Commentary closes on Thursday, June 21 at 11:59 p.m.
Governor Northam signed HB 793 without further amendments, thereby decreasing barriers to practice for NPs throughout Virginia.
Associated Press - "Bill Would Give Virginia Nurse Practitioners More Autonomy"
AP reporter Sarah Rankin interviewed several VCNP members for an article expounding the significance of the bill and its potential implications for NPs and patients throughout the Commonwealth.
Richmond Times-Dispatch - "Nurse Practitioner Bill Squeezes through First Committee, with Amendments"
The chairman's substitute bill for HB793 was passed unanimously 9-0 by the Virginia House Health, Welfare & Institutions Subcommittee #1. It will be heard by the full Virginia House HWI Committee on Tuesday, February 6th.