Vol. 28 Iss. 11 - January 30, 2012



Initial Agency Notice

Title of Regulation: 18VAC60-20. Regulations Governing Dental Practice.

Statutory Authority: §§ 2.2-4007 and 54.1-2400 of the Code of Virginia.

Name of Petitioner: Nicole M. Cunha.

Nature of Petitioner's Request: Amend regulations to require Virginia dentists to be trained and equipped to manage medical emergencies consistent with the Six Links of Survival as a condition of initial or continuing licensure.

Agency's Plan for Disposition of Request: The petition will be published in the Register of Regulations, posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall, and sent to interested parties for comment. At its meeting on March 9, 2012, the board will review the petition and any comments received and determine whether to initiate rulemaking in response.

Public Comment Deadline: February 19, 2012.

Agency Contact: Elaine J. Yeatts, Agency Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Health Professions, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233, telephone (804) 367-4688, or email

VA.R. Doc. No. R12-16; Filed January 6, 2012, 2:55 p.m.


Agency Decision

Title of Regulation: 18VAC 90-20. Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing.

Statutory Authority: § 54.1-2400 and 54.1-3005 of the Code of Virginia.

Name of Petitioner: Donna Bond.

Nature of Petitioner's Request: The petitioner requests that regulations and/or statutes be changed to: (i) license clinical nurse specialists (CNS) as an APRN in Virginia; (ii) ensure that CNS practice to the full extent of education, skills, and competencies; (iii) recognize national standards for competencies and behaviors of graduates of CNS programs; (iv) provide a standardized definition of the role and scope of practice for CNS; (v) allow regular monitoring of CNS workforce supply and demand; and (vi) continue to provide title protection for CNS.

The petition requests that the board examine its regulations governing the practice of CNS for consistency and congruence with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing consensus model for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse regulations.

Agency Decision: Petition granted.

Statement of Reason for Decision: The board decided to initiate a regulatory action to review the rules for clinical nurse specialists relating to education, requirements for licensure, and practice.

Agency Contact: Jay P. Douglas, Executive Director, Board of Nursing, 9960 Mayland Drive Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233, telephone (804) 367-4623, or email

VA.R. Doc. No. R11-28, R12-3046; Filed January 2, 2012, 11:57 a.m.