February 10, 2017

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Special Grants for Survey Fee Required for Practical Nursing Programs

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to offer special grants to school divisions with practical nursing programs that are scheduled for survey visits by the Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON) during 2017-2018. The grants are being provided with federal Perkins funds to school divisions on a expenditure reimbursement basis and will cover the $2,200 survey fee. In subsequent years, the fee is an allowable expenditure of the Perkins grant award funds for career and technical education, if included in the local approved application.   

In compliance with the Regulations Governing the Practice of NursingThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website, 18 VAC 90-20-10, and Statutory Authority: §§54.1-2400 and Chapter 30 of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia, revised January 1, 2016, the high school courses affected by the survey fee are Practical Nursing I (8357), II (8358), and III (8359). It should be noted that all nursing education programs are approved by the VBON.  Those programs that receive accreditation through either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the National League Nurses Commission for Nursing Education (NLN-CNEA) will receive a survey visit by the VBON once every ten years.  All other VBON-approved programs shall receive a survey visit every five years.

In addition, please note any Virginia nursing education program planning to use a Maryland clinical facility must notify the Maryland Board of Nursing, submit an application, and pay a $6,500 fee per program.

This information will be provided to career and technical education administrators and nursing program directors.

If you have any questions, please contact Michele R. Green-Wright, Specialist for Health and Medical Sciences and Related Clusters, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, at cte@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3119.