Virginia is One Signature Away from Allowing NPs to Practice Autonomously After Two Years’ Experience
Virginia House Bill 896 has passed the General Assembly and is sitting on Governor Glenn Youngkin’s desk for final approval.
This bill essentially will allow NPs to be entirely responsible for the supervision, clinical guidance and consultation for other NPs.
The bill empowers NPs with only 2 years of experience to operate autonomously. Across Virginia, nursing associations have lobbied extensively for passage of the bill, but many are concerned this could be at the expense of patient safety and quality of care.
The only way for this bill to be stopped is for Governor Glenn Youngkin to veto it. We encourage all Virginia physicians to carefully consider the impact this bill will have on the future of healthcare in The Old Dominion. You can contact the Governor’s office to share your opinions and expert feedback on this legislation: