COVID-19 Information



In accordance with Governor Justice's order, the WV RN Board office is now working remotely. If you need assistance, you have several options:
  • Call the office at 304-744-0900, and leave a message. A staff member will return your call within 1-2 business days.
  • Send an e-mail to rnboard@wv.gov or aprn@wv.gov. We are monitoring those e-mails and will respond as soon as feasible.
The Board will continue to meet the needs of the public by the following mechanisms:
  • WV RN Board is processing licenses daily. We encourage you to use your Nurse Portal to communicate and send documents related to licensing. 
  • Deliveries are accepted by US mail, Fed Ex, UPS, etc.
  • We are not accepting FAXes at this time.
  • We are not accepting documents delivered in person; you should scan and email any documents.
  • If you have more detailed questions, Board staff can be contacted by email or by leaving a voice mail message. 
  • Requests to review Board public records will be fulfilled within a reasonable time after the lifting of the State of Emergency and it is safe to do so.
  • Copy requests will be fulfilled within a reasonable time after the lifting of the State of Emergency and it is safe to do so.
 
Licensees who are in Disciplinary Agreements/Monitoring Agreements/ OR Have a suspended license:
The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (Board) joins with our local and national leaders in efforts to keep us all healthy during the crisis caused by COVID-19.
Therefore, the Board implements the following, effective Immediately:
  • Licensees in Consent Agreements or Monitoring Agreements with the Board who are required to attend 12 step meetings, group counseling sessions and/or individual counseling sessions will be permitted to do so online or by utilizing any other form of technology not requiring a face-to-face, in person meeting.
  • During this State of Emergency communications from the Board will be through the nursing portal on ORBS. Please contact the Board through your portal if you have any questions regarding compliance with your agreement.
Please Note: This is only effective until the State of Emergency has been lifted.
  • All licensees who have been suspended will be required to complete a reinstatement application and comply with regular requirements of reinstatement. There will be no special processes or relaxed processes implemented to accomplish reinstatement if the license was suspended for disciplinary reasons.
  • Please see the linked announcement from Affinity about drug screening.

    Click Here for Affinity Announcement

The Governor, by Executive Order, and the West Virginia RN Board by vote, has suspended some rules to expedite licensure. These rule suspensions are TEMPORARY in nature and all suspended requirements will have to be fulfilled after the emergency order is lifted.

Please Note: This is only effective until the State of Emergency has been lifted. All licensees who have been suspended will be required to complete a reinstatement application and comply with regular requirements of reinstatement. There will be no special processes or relaxed processes implemented to accomplish reinstatement if the license was suspended for disciplinary reasons.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.  Please be assured that our offices will continue to meet the needs of the public while being responsive to the current health concerns created by this pandemic. We encourage you to follow the guidance issued by the CDC and our state health officials. 




Telemedicine/Telenursing information

It is the posIition of the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (Board) that ALL registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses are subject to the Order from the State of West Virginia DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES, Cabinet Secretary Bill Crouch in the above link.  It contains the following provision:

Under all circumstances where clinically possible, use of telephonic or video communication to provide telemedicine services is strongly urged. Medicare and Medicaid have waived l typical telemedicine and HIPAA requirements and you may even use non-HIPAA compliant video services such as FaceTime, Skype, and others during the current State of Emergency. (Emphasis Added)

Please know the Board provides the following definition of telehealth/telenursing:

Telehealth/telenursing (alternatively termed telemedicine) is the practice of healthcare within a professionally designated scope of practice using electronic communication, information technology, or other means between a licensee in one location and a client in another location with or without an intervening healthcare provider.

 


Approved changes for practice in response to COVID-19 

The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional 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 Examiners for Registered Professional 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 Examiners for Registered Professional 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. For West Virginia APRNs with prescriptive authority, who have been approved to practice in West Virginia during the State of Emergency, Schedule II drugs of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and antineoplastics, if the patient has been on these medications, are permitted to be refilled if the refill is required during the declared emergency.  The prescribing physician’s name must be written on the prescription as well as the last date the prescription was filled. The Board of Pharmacy requests the name of practitioner and prescription number of the original prescription the APRN is refilling.  They suggest notifying that practitioner as well.  The implementation date with the DEA is pending. The Board will announce the details when they become available.
  4. For West Virginia APRNs with prescriptive authority, who have been approved to practice in West Virginia during the State of Emergency, the Drugs listed under Schedule III shall not be limited to a thirty day supply and are permitted to be refilled if the refill is required during the declared emergency. 
  5. The fee for initial prescriptive authority shall be waived until 30 days after the state of emergency is lifted by the Governor. 
  6. The APRN certifications renewal extension is based on certifying body policy.

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 10-20 on Monday, March 23, 2020, the suspension and/or modifications remain effective:
  1. If a person is licensed in another state as a RN or APRN a WV license is NOT required to practice in WV as long as disciplinary action the license is unencumbered or no complaints are pending.
  2. There is no renewal of licenses.
  3. Disciplinary timelines for hearings are waived and may be conducted by telephone at the discretion of the agency.

The Board voted on Friday, March 20, 2020, to suspended the following rules:
  1. A Criminal Background Check (CBC) will still be required.  However, if the facility where the applicant would go is closed and there isn’t one within a 50 mile radius then the applicant does NOT have to get the CBC.  The applicant would have to get the CBC as soon as other fingerprinting resources are available or within 30 days of the lifting of the State of Emergency, whichever comes first.  
  2. The temporary permit (TP) is extended for more than 90 days.  Therefore, the applicant would be able to have a temporary permit for more than 90 days.  This applies to both exam applicants and endorsement applicants.  
  3. Verifications do not have to be requested by applicants through NURSYS.  The Board will utilize Nursys and individual state websites.
  4. For limited prescriptive authority, the applicant does not have to provide documentation of pharmacotherapy in the clinical practice.
  5. Reinstatement applicants will not have to provide continuing education

Please REMEMBER these laws and rules are ONLY suspended TEMPORARILY! As soon as the Governor lifts the State of Emergency or there is notice that the suspension is ended, licensees will have to comply with the law and rule as originally passed by the legislature.  The Board will notice all licensees at that time.


West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
West Virginia RN Board
90 MacCorkle Ave SW #203, South Charleston, WV 25303 (304) 744-0900