August 3rd Board of Medicine Meeting Recap

Last Friday, August 3, the Virginia Board of Medicine convened and discussed the draft regulations for the Nurse Practitioner autonomous practice legislation, HB 793. The Committee of the Joint Boards and the Board of Nursing had both passed draft regulations that defined “five years of full-time experience” as 8,000 hours (an average of 1,600 hours/year) at their respective meetings. However, the Board of Medicine decided to amend the draft regulations, changing the definition of “five years of full-time experience” to 9,000 hours.
 
The amended regulations will now return to the Board of Nursing for their approval at their September 18th meeting. We will continue to keep VCNP membership apprised of any developments.
 
Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting in support of NPs!