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


Contact DHHR for any questions regarding teleconferencing software regulations.

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.



The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses at the emergency meeting on April 17, 2020 reviewed, considered and approved changes for Dialysis Training Programs and Dialysis Technician’s practice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

§19-13-6.  Minimum Standards of a Dialysis Technician Training Programs.
6.1.f.  The curriculum offered by the training program shall include both classroom and clinical instruction of at least three hundred twenty (320) clock hours in length and content which ensures sufficient preparation for safe and effective practice as a dialysis technician. Of the three hundred twenty (320) clock hours, at least one hundred sixty (160) clock hours shall be theoretical instruction with at least one hundred (100) hours face to face instruction in a classroom setting and a minimum of one hundred sixty (160) hours of supervised clinical experience. Supervised clinical experience shall provide opportunities for the student to apply theory and to achieve stated objectives in a patient care setting and shall include clinical learning experiences to develop the skills required by dialysis technicians to provide safe patient care. The registered professional nurse educator or clinical preceptor shall be physically present and accessible to the student when the student is in the patient care area.  Board approved programs shall file a report with the Board at least thirty days prior to its October Board meeting outlining how the clinical requirements were met during the declared state of emergency.

Suspension of the above rules shall take effect immediately and shall cease upon the filing of a Notice lifting the suspension or upon the termination of the State of Emergency, whichever occurs first. 

 

The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses at the emergency meeting on April 9, 2020 reviewed, considered and approved changes for Dialysis Training Programs and Dialysis Technician’s practice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

§19-13-6.  Minimum Standards of a Dialysis Technician Training Programs.

6.1.f.1.  Classroom instruction, which may be supported by audio visuals, shall include can be met utilizing any available mechanism including, simulation, telecommunications or by any other acceptable form as determined by the school.  Board approved programs shall file a report with the Board at least thirty days prior to its October Board meeting outlining how the clinical requirements were met during the declared state of emergency.

§19-13-14.  Application for Certification; Temporary Permit and Endorsement of Certification.
14.1.c.  The applicant shall submit to a state and a national electronic criminal history records check for the purpose of determining whether the applicant has been charged with, indicted for, or convicted of a crime that may have bearing upon the applicant’s fitness to hold a license. Provided that, if the facility where the applicant is to submit finger prints for the purposes set forth in this rule is closed due to the emergency_ caused by_ the COVID-19 crisis and the applicant cannot report to a different facility within a 50 mile radius of the applicant's home, the applicant shall submit to the requirements of this rule as soon as the state of emergency is lifted by the Governor in West Virginia or as soon as other fingerprinting resources have become made available to the applicant, which ever comes first. In no such case shall applicants submit to criminal history records checks later than thirty (30) days after the state of emergency has been lifted by the Governor.
14.2.  The board may issue a temporary permit to an applicant who files a completed “Application for Credential” following completion of a board approved training program.   The temporary permit is effective from the date of issuance until three (3) days following receipt by the applicant and the board of the results of the first written certification examination or after 18 months whichever is sooner the declared state of emergency is lifted and testing is available.  In no such case shall applicants submit to testing later than thirty (30) days after the state of emergency has been lifted by the Governor and testing is available.
 14.8.e.  The results of a local and Federal criminal background check completed with the previous six (6) months, Provided that, if the facility where the applicant is to submit finger prints for the purposes set forth in this rule is closed due to the emergency_ caused by_ the COVID-19 crisis and the applicant cannot report to a different facility within a 50 mile radius of the applicant's home, the applicant shall submit to the requirements of this rule as soon as the state of emergency is lifted by the Governor in West Virginia or as soon as other fingerprinting resources have become made available to the applicant, which ever comes first. In no such case shall applicants submit to criminal history records checks later than thirty (30) days after the state of emergency has been lifted by the Governor. 

Suspension of the above rules shall take effect immediately and shall cease upon the filing of a Notice lifting the suspension or upon the termination of the State of Emergency, whichever occurs first.



Approved changes for nursing 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. (UPDATED 4/15/2020) West Virginia APRNs with current prescriptive authority and an active DEA number, who are approved to practice in West Virginia during the State of Emergency, may refill Schedule II drugs of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, and antineoplastics, if the patient has been on these medications. Schedule II prescriptions are permitted to be refilled if the refill is required during the declared emergency.
    Please contact the DEA office at one of the following numbers: 304-347-5210 or 571-362-5667.  The investigator who answers the call will have verification questions for the registrant.  Once everything has been verified, Schedule II authority will be added to the registration.  NOTE: Each APRN must make this call individually.  The DEA will not add the Schedule II authorization unless YOU make the call.  
    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.  

  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. 

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.


Nurse Health Program Resources
During this unprecedented and challenging time, we would like to connect you with some resources through our Nurse Health Program. It is vital to develop, utilize, and maintain healthy coping mechanisms to ensure good health and safe practice.
We have partnered with GRACE (Greater Recovery and Community Empowerment), who has been our trainer for the Nurse Health Coach classes, to offer our nurses life/health/recovery coach assistance.
Please follow the link :  https://www.strengthingrace.com/requst-a-free-recovery-life-coach to request a free coach today. 
Please contact Lori McComas Chaffins, Nurse Health Coordinator, at Lori.M.Chaffins@wv.gov if you should have any questions. 


WV DHHR WVREDI - Responder Emergency Deployment Information
The West Virginia Responder Emergency Deployment Information (WVREDI) system is a web-based system developed to facilitate health and medical response through identification, credentialing and deployment of West Virginians willing to serve in an emergency, as well as non-emergent situations. 



COVID 19 Education


NCSBN announced the launch of four free, self-paced, online short courses, designed specifically for new, established and returning nurses who are working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The courses, three of which offer continuing education credit, include:

COVID-19: Epidemiology, Modes of Transmission and Protecting Yourself with PPE – an essential course for new nurses and nurses returning to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, while established nurses will also find the information valuable;
COVID-19: Nursing Care – disaster nursing experts and educators have sifted through the plethora of COVID-19 data to provide the most relevant information that will keep nurses, their patients and the community safe;
COVID-19: Basic Law and Ethics for Nurses during COVID-19 – provides a basic overview of federal and state law within context of public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic; and
COVID-19: Credible Information, Hoaxes and the Media – provides tools for leveraging the trust the public places in nurses and other health care workers to relay credible health information to patients during a health crisis.

Nurses and other health care workers are invited to self-enroll through the ICRS Connections Catalog.



COVID 19 Testing Information

As a healthcare provider, you may be asked to place an order for COVID-19 testing. Dr. Catherine Slemp from WV DHHR has issued a letter with guidance for testing.


Summary of updated information from DHHR Dr. Catherine Slemp to healthcare providers on requests for COVID-19 testing:
  • Governor EO 35-20 requires testing of childcare staff as well as residents/staff at assisted living facilities.
  • A copy of the statewide testing guidance of assisted living facilities is available HERE.
  • Guidance on testing and expanding/reopening of childcare services is available HERE.
  • Individual testing is covered under the individual’s insurance based on the CARES Act.
  • Staff or facility may contact the individual's primary care provider to place an order for COVID-19 testing.


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