Nursing licensure is proof of validation that you have gone through the required training and education and met all the requirements provided for licensure in your particular geographical zone. Licensure is carried out at the state level by the Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON).
Virginia is also party to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). Registered Nurses from compact states are usually given a multistate licensure privilege. With a multistate license, you can practice in other compact states without an additional license unless you want to change your primary state of residence.
Getting your registered nurse (RN) license is one of the requirements for obtaining a Nurse Practitioner (NP) license. Due to the advanced roles of NPs, advanced education and further training are also required to obtain an NP license. NPs are also expected to have an Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) certification in a chosen specialty by a nationally accredited certification body.