Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
Regulations Governing the Licensure of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses [18 VAC 90 ‑ 30]
Unprofessional conduct/conversion therapy
Action 5441
General Information
Action Summary The Boards intend to specify in section 220 that the standard of practice would prohibit a nurse practitioner 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 with the stated policies and ethics for the professions of nursing and medicine.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006476]
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
8838 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/30/2020.
9120 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/16/2021.
9310 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
Sutie 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4520    FAX: (804)527-4455    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.