A. Initial registration. An applicant for initial registration as a clinical nurse specialist shall: 1. Be currently licensed as a registered nurse in Virginia or hold a current multistate licensure privilege as a registered nurse; 2. Submit evidence of current national clinical nurse specialist certification, including core certification or a certification that has been retired, as required by § 54.1-3018.1 of the Code of Virginia or have an exception available from March 1, 1990, to July 1, 1990; and 3. Submit the required application and fee. B. Renewal of registration. 1. Registration as a clinical nurse specialist shall be renewed biennially at the same time the registered nurse license is renewed. If registered as a clinical nurse specialist with a multistate licensure privilege to practice in Virginia as a registered nurse, a licensee born in an even-numbered year shall renew his license by the last day of the birth month in even-numbered years and a licensee born in an odd-numbered year shall renew his license by the last day of the birth month in odd-numbered years. 2. The clinical nurse specialist shall complete the renewal form and submit it with the required fee. An attestation of current national certification as a clinical nurse specialist, including core certification or a certification that has been retired, is required unless registered in accordance with an exception. 3. Registration as a clinical nurse specialist shall lapse if the registered nurse license is not renewed or the multistate licensure privilege is lapsed or registration as a clinical nurse specialist is not renewed and may be reinstated within one renewal period upon: a. Reinstatement of RN license or multistate licensure privilege, if lapsed; b. Payment of current renewal fees and late renewal fees; and c. Submission of evidence of continued national certification as a clinical nurse specialist, including core certification or a certification that has been retired, unless registered in accordance with an exception. C. Reinstatement of registration. 1. A clinical nurse specialist whose registration has lapsed for more than one renewal period may be reinstated by submission of: a. A reinstatement application and reinstatement fee; b. Evidence of a current RN license or multistate privilege; and c. Evidence of current national certification as a clinical nurse specialist, including core certification or a certification that has been retired, unless registered in accordance with an exception. 2. A clinical nurse specialist whose registration has been suspended or revoked by the board may apply for reinstatement by: a. Filing a reinstatement application; b. Fulfilling requirements specified in subdivision 1 c of this subsection; and c. Paying the fee for reinstatement after suspension or revocation. The board may request additional evidence that the clinical nurse specialist is prepared to resume practice in a competent manner. A clinical nurse specialist whose registration has been revoked may not apply for reinstatement sooner than three years from entry of the order of revocation. A. The practice of a clinical nurse specialist shall be consistent with the education and experience required for clinical nurse specialist certification. B. The clinical nurse specialist shall provide those advanced nursing services that are consistent with the standards of specialist practice as established by a national certifying organization for clinical nurse specialists and in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 30 (§ 54.1-3000 et seq.) of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia. C. Advanced practice as a clinical nurse specialist shall include performance as an expert clinician to: 1. Provide direct care and counsel to individuals and groups; 2. Plan, evaluate, and direct care given by others; and 3. Improve care by consultation, collaboration, teaching, and the conduct of research. A. The board has the authority to deny, revoke, or suspend a license or multistate licensure privilege issued, or to otherwise discipline a licensee or holder of a multistate licensure privilege upon proof that the licensee or holder of a multistate licensure privilege has violated any of the provisions of § 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia. For the purpose of establishing allegations to be included in the notice of hearing, the board has adopted the following definitions:
1. Fraud or deceit in procuring or maintaining a license means, but shall not be limited to:
a. Filing false credentials;
b. Falsely representing facts on an application for initial license, reinstatement, or renewal of a license; or
c. Giving or receiving assistance in the taking of the licensing examination.
2. Unprofessional conduct means, but shall not be limited to:
a. Performing acts beyond the limits of the practice of professional or practical nursing as defined in Chapter 30 (§ 54.1-3000 et seq.) of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia, or as provided by §§ 54.1-2901 and 54.1-2957 of the Code of Virginia;
b. Assuming duties and responsibilities within the practice of nursing without adequate training or when competency has not been maintained;
c. Obtaining supplies, equipment, or drugs for personal or other unauthorized use;
d. Employing or assigning unqualified persons to perform functions that require a licensed practitioner of nursing;
e. Falsifying or otherwise altering patient, employer, student, or educational program records, including falsely representing facts on a job application or other employment-related documents;
f. Abusing, neglecting, or abandoning patients or clients;
Practice of a clinical nurse specialist beyond that defined in 18VAC90-19-220 and § 54.1-3000 of the Code of Virginia; h. Representing oneself as or performing acts constituting the practice of a clinical nurse specialist unless so registered by the board; i. Delegating nursing tasks to an unlicensed person in violation of the provisions of Part VI (18VAC90-19-240 et seq.) of this chapter; j. h. Giving to or accepting from a patient or client property or money for any reason other than fee for service or a nominal token of appreciation; k. i. Obtaining money or property of a patient or client by fraud, misrepresentation, or duress; l. j. Entering into a relationship with a patient or client that constitutes a professional boundary violation in which the nurse uses his professional position to take advantage of the vulnerability of a patient, a client, or his family, to include actions that result in personal gain at the expense of the patient or client, or a nontherapeutic personal involvement or sexual conduct with a patient or client; m. k. Violating state laws relating to the privacy of patient information, including § 32.1-127.1:03 the Code of Virginia; n. l. Providing false information to staff or board members in the course of an investigation or proceeding; o. m. Failing to report evidence of child abuse or neglect as required in § 63.2-1509 of the Code of Virginia or elder abuse or neglect as required in § 63.2-1606 of the Code of Virginia; or p. n. Violating any provision of this chapter. B. Any sanction imposed on the registered nurse license of a clinical nurse specialist shall have the same effect on the clinical nurse specialist registration.