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Governor Approves Bill Allowing LPNs to Administer Vaccinations

Governor Approves Bill Allowing LPNs to Administer Vaccinations

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has approved HB 2301, which removes the requirement that licensed practical nurses (LPN) be immediately and directly supervised by a registered nurse (RN) when administering vaccinations to adults and conducting tuberculosis testing.  VHCA-VCAL wrote to Gov. McAuliffe in February to ask for his support of the bill.  The new statute will take effect on July 1, 2017.

The bill was introduced by Del. John O’Bannon’s (R-Henrico) and unanimously supported by the General Assembly.  Under existing guidance from the Department of Health Professions (DHP), an RN must be immediately physically present for an LPN to administer a vaccine or a tuberculin purified protein derivative (PPD) test to a resident.  This change will make this requirement less onerous, allowing for an LPN to perform these duties under the supervision of an RN, but not necessarily while the latter is in the same physical room.  All of these activities would continue to be under an oral or written order or standing protocol from a prescriber, offering additional safeguards for the residents.