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New Virginia Continued Competency Requirements for RNs

Publish Date: 5/22/2013

Effective August 1, 2013, new regulations in Virginia will require nurses seeking to renew an active nursing license to provide evidence of continued competency. Prior to the change in the regulations, continuing competency was not a requirement.To fulfill the new continued competency requirements, Virginia nurses will be required to complete at least one of the below options:

  • Current specialty certification by a national certifying organization;
  • Completion of a minimum of three credit hours of post licensure academic education relevant to nursing practice, offered by a regionally accredited college or university;
  • A board-approved refresher course in nursing;
  • Completion of nursing-related, evidence-based practice project or research study;
  • Completion of publication as the author or co-author during a renewal cycle;
  • Teaching (or developing) a nursing-related course resulting in no less than three semester hours of college credit (a 15-week course) or specialty certification;
  • Teaching (or developing) nursing-related continuing education courses for up to 30 contact hours;
  • 15 contact hours or workshops, seminars, conferences, or courses relevant to the practice of nursing and 640 hours of active practice as a nurse; or
  • 30 contact hours of workshops, seminars, conferences, or courses relevant to the practice of nursing.

At the start of the proposal process, AORN submitted comments to the Virginia Board of Nursing asking for the CNOR and CRNFA credentials to be included in the definition of “national certifying organization.” AORN is delighted that the final text of the regulations approved by Virginia’s Governor does address AORN’s concerns. CNORs and CRNFAs who maintain their certification should automatically meet the regulation’s competency requirements.

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