Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
Petition 249
Petition Information
Petition Title Amend name identification requirement
Date Filed 9/19/2016    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Rachel Warrick 
Petitioner's Request

To amend section 35 to replace the requirement that nurses include first and last name on identification badges with a requirement for only first name and last initial.

Agency's Plan

In accordance with Virginia law, the petition to amend 18VAC90-20-35 was posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at  It has also been filed with the Register of Regulations for publication on October 17, 2016. Comment on the petition from interested parties is requested until November 8, 2016.

 Following receipt of all comments on the petition, the request will be considered by the Board of Nursing at its meeting on November 15, 2016 to decide whether to make any changes to the regulatory language.

Comment Period Began 10/17/2016    Ended 11/8/2016
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 9/19/2016
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 10/17/2016     Volume: 33  Issue: 4
Agency Decision Initiate a regulatory change [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 1/5/2017
Decision Publication Date Published on: 2/6/2017     Volume: 33  Issue: 12
Agency Decision Summary

At its meeting on November 16, 2016, the Board decided to issue a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) in order to initiate rulemaking.  The Board recognized the strong support for such a change but decided it needed to consider various options and to gather additional information.  Those options may include, but are not limited to, maintaining the current language, amending to require first name and last initial, amending to require identification of the title under which one is practicing (RN, LPN, etc.), or eliminating the name tag provision completely.

The Board will be submitting a NOIRA for the Governor’s approval.  Once approved for publication, there will be a 30-day comment period, and the Board will consider what, if any, amendment to propose.

Associated regulatory action Amendment to name tag requirement
Latest Stage: Final

Contact Information
Name / Title: Jay P. Douglas, R.N.  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
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