Virginia

  • RN Title Protection Law
  • DR Title Protection Law
  • Workplace Violence Laws
  • RN Procedural Sedation Rules
  • RN Safe Staffing Laws

  • RN Title Protection Law

    Statute/Regulation:

    VA Code § 54.1-3016

     

    Relevant Text: 

    Any person who holds a license or a multistate licensure privilege to practice professional nursing in Virginia shall have the right to use the title "registered nurse" and the abbreviation "R.N." No other person shall assume such title or use such abbreviation or any other words, letters, signs or devices to indicate that the person using the same is a registered nurse.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

    DR Title Protection Law

    Statute/Regulation:

    VA Code § 54.1-2903

     

    Relevant Text: 

    Any person shall be regarded as practicing the healing arts who actually engages in such practice as defined in this chapter, or who opens an office for such purpose, or who advertises or announces to the public in any manner a readiness to practice or who uses in connection with his name the words or letters "Doctor," "Dr.," "M.D.," "D.O.," "D.P.M.," "D.C.," "Healer," or any other title, word, letter or designation intending to designate or imply that he is a practitioner of the healing arts or that he is able to heal, cure or relieve those suffering from any injury, deformity or disease. No person regulated under this chapter shall use the title "Doctor" or the abbreviation "Dr." in writing or in advertising in connection with his practice unless he simultaneously uses a clarifying title, initials, abbreviation or designation or language that identifies the type of practice for which he is licensed.

    Status:

    Effective

     

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    Workplace Violence Laws


     

    Statute/Regulation:

    VA CODE § 18.2-51.1

     

    Relevant Text: 

    If any person maliciously causes bodily injury to another by any means including the means set out in § 18.2-52, with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill, and knowing or having reason to know that such other person is an emergency medical services personnel, as defined in § 32.1-111.1 engaged in the performance of his public duties as emergency medical services personnel, such person shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for a period of not less than five years nor more than 30 years and, subject to subsection (g) of § 18.2-10, a fine of not more than $ 100,000. Upon conviction, the sentence of such person shall include a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of two years.

    If any person unlawfully, but not maliciously, with the intent aforesaid, causes bodily injury to another by any means, knowing or having reason to know such other person is emergency medical services personnel, engaged in the performance of his public duties as emergency medical services personnel, he shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony, and upon conviction, the sentence of such person shall include a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of one year. “Emergency medical services personnel” means persons responsible for the direct provision of emergency medical services in a given medical emergency including all persons who could be described as attendants, attendants-in-charge, or operators.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

    Statute/Regulation:

    VA CODE § 18.2-57

     

    Relevant Text: 

    Any person who commits a battery against another knowing or having reason to know that such individual is a health care provider as defined in § 8.01-581.1 who is engaged in the performance of his duties as an emergency health care provider in an emergency room of a hospital or clinic or on the premises of any other facility rendering emergency medical care is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The sentence of such person, upon conviction, shall include a term of confinement of 15 days in jail, two days of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of confinement.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

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    RN Procedural Sedation Rules


     

     

    Relevant Text: 

    In regard to the administration of Neuro-Blocking agents, the Board of Nursing advises that:
    1. The definition of nursing authorizes nurses to administer drugs prescribed by an individual licensed to prescribe.
    2. The law and regulations do not appear to limit the types of drugs or the places where drugs are administered. 3. It is important to know the purpose for which the drug is administered, i.e., sedation or anesthesia.
    4. The Board stressed the importance of adequate initial and ongoing competency for those who will be administering these drugs since the Board, in its Regulations, has defined unprofessional conduct to include assuming duties within the practice of nursing without adequate training or when competency has not been maintained.
    5. The decision to implement the policy rests with the institution.

     

    Agency

    Virginia Board of Nursing

     

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    RN Safe Staffing Laws
     

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