Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing [18 VAC 90 ‑ 19]
Unprofessional conduct - conversion therapy
Action 5430
General Information
Action Summary The Board intends to specify in section 230 that the standard of practice would prohibit a nurse from engaging in conversion therapy with a patient. Regulations would also define conversion therapy and specify that it does not include counseling or therapy that provides assistance to a person undergoing gender transition or counseling or therapy that provides acceptance, support, and understanding. The goal is to align regulations of the Board with the stated policies and ethics for the profession.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006475]
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
8826 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/30/2020.
9119 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/16/2021.
9271 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/02/2022.
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.