The West Virginia Board of Registered Nurses, at the emergency meeting on April 3, 2020, reviewed, considered and approved changes for RN and APRN practice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 17-20
permitting the West Virginia Board of Registered Nurses, in their discretion, to suspend or modify the requirements for the administration of anesthesia, the Board suspends and modifies the requirement contained in W. Va. Code §30-7-15 as follows:
Requirements for supervision or presence of any other healthcare provider when anesthesia is administered by a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNAs) (WV Code §30-7-15) is suspended.
Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 17-20 permitting the West Virginia Board of Registered Nurses, in their discretion, to temporarily suspend or modify the requirements for the authorization for prescriptive authority, collaborative requirements for prescriptive authority, prescriptive formulary limitations, prescriptive refill and supply limitations, and other prescriptive limitations including continuing education and renewal requirements, contained in W. Va. Code §30-7-15a, §30-7-15b, §30-7-15c), the Board suspends and modifies the requirements as follows:
- The advanced practice registered nurse shall practice in conformity with the advanced practice registered nurse’s education, training, and certification and in accord with the delineation of privileges granted to the advanced practice registered nurse by the hospital/facility to use the advanced practice registered nurse to the fullest extent possible.
- For West Virginia APRNs, who have been approved to practice in West Virginia during the State of Emergency, the requirement for collaborative agreements with physicians for the prescribing of medications is suspended and automatically reinstated when the declared emergency is lifted.
- The fee for initial prescriptive authority shall be waived until 30 days after the state of emergency is lifted by the Governor.
- The APRN certifications renewal extension is based on certifying body policy.
- The APRN and Prescriptive Authority renewal by June 30, 2021, will continue as usual and the renewal links will be available beginning May 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021. The CE requirements are not effective at this time.
- Continuing education requirements for advance practice registered nurses has been reinstated for APRN license renewal as well as prescriptive authority renewal period beginning July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023.
- For limited prescriptive authority contained in W. Va. Code of Legislative Rules 19 CSR 8-3.1.b., the applicant will provide documentation of the use of pharmacotherapy in clinical practice in the education program.
- The ability for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurses licensed in another state to practice in West Virginia has been terminated by the Board. As of April 26, 2021, no further applications will be accepted. Therefore, out of state licensees will NOT be permitted to practice in WV without an active WV license as of that date.
- The renewal period requirement for advance practice registered nurses has been reinstated by the Board.
Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 12-21 permitting the Board, in their discretion, to suspend or modify the requirements for the following: