Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing [18 VAC 90 ‑ 19]
Registration of clinical nurse specialists
Action 5306
General Information
Action Summary The Board is initiating rulemaking in response to a petition from the Virginia Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, which requested changes to regulations relating to registration of a clinical nurse specialist (CNS). The Board intends to amend section 210 to clarify that it will accept for registration evidence of a clinical nurse specialist certification that has been retired or is the core certification, provided it has been maintained and is current. Likewise, a retired or core certification that remains current qualifies a clinical nurse specialist to renew registration.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006073]
Associated Petitions for Rulemaking Registration of clinical nurse specialists
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8655 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 08/21/2019.
8765 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/20/2020.
9023 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/03/2021.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jay P. Douglas, R.N.  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4520    FAX: (804)527-4455    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.