About Us

VIBNL functions on the premise that:

  1. All Citizens of the United States Virgin Islands have a right to expect safe and effective care.
  2. That licensees are expected to be physically; mentally; and emotionally able to Practice Nursing in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI).
  3. All Applicants information is received under oath – that is all documents must be authentic and applications notarized.

Bill No. 37 was passed by the Colonial Government in 1952 and became law in 1954. This Bill established the Nurse Practice Act and cleared the way for qualified Nurses in the territory of the United States Virgin Islands to become members of the American Nurses Association.

In the USVI Initially there were two Boards, one for Nurse-Midwives and one for Nursing. Both Boards were under the Department of Health; with the Director of Nursing as Chairperson of the Nursing Board; and the Nurse-Midwife Supervisor, as Chairperson of the Nurse-Midwifery Board.

The Department of Health (DOH) was later divided into two separate divisions, Hospital and Health. The Department of Health was given control of the two boards. The passage of Bill No. 14-0094 Act #4666 was enacted by the 14th Legislature of the US Virgin Islands, in January 1981. The Board of Nurse-Midwife and the Board of Nurse Examiners were consolidated into a single Board of Nurse Licensure as we have today.

For additional information on the Virgin Islands Board of Nurse Licensure (VIBNL) please refer to our Nurse Practice Act; 1985 Rules & Regulations; APRN Act NO. 6736; CNA Executive Order NO. 378-1998.

Act. No. 7594 Bill No. 30-0253 of May 16th 2014 amended Nurse Practice (NP) Act #466, Section 415, Title 3 Virgin Islands Code, Subchapter IV, Bill No. 14-0094 of December 16, 1981 for board members to serve until their successors are appointed. This amendment is retroactive to board members whose terms expired February 17th 2014 via Act No.7699 Bill No. 30-0463 of October 15th 2014.

Effective January 12, 2016, Act No. 7823, Bill No. 31-0296 reduced the number of Board Members that will serve from eleven to nine, thereby allowing five members to constitute a quorum.

Current Listing of Board Members is as follows:

Member Status Term
Ann Doute, MSN, BSN, RN, Chairperson (STX) RN 11/19/2013 - 11/19/2016 2nd Term
Janzie Allmacher, MSN, RN, CEN, ACNS-BC, Vice-Chairperson (STX) APRN Nurse Educator 11/19/2013 - 11/19/2016 2nd Term
Claudette Robinson, MS, BS, RN (STX) RN 12/19/2014 - 12/19/2017 1st Term
Rita Brin, CRNA, RN (STX) APRN-CRNA 02/17/2011 - 2nd Term
Lydia Ells, LPN (STT) LPN 02/17/2011 - 2nd Term
Vacant (STT) APRN-CNM
Vacant (STT) RN
Vacant (STT) LPN
Vacant (STT/STX) Consumer

Board Staff

Position Member
Executive Director Lara M. Eldon MSN, RN
Executive Management Officer Carla King
Compliance Administrative Officer DeAnn Connor
Data Entry Operator II Ronal Yarde
Clerk I Evelyn Phillip

Functions of the Virgin Islands Board of Nurse Licensure

The Virgin Islands Board of Nurse Licensure (VIBNL) is unique from other Health Boards. In addition, it is a member of the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN); which functions to promote public policy related to safe and effective practice of nursing in the interest of public welfare.

  1. Process licensure by examination, endorsement and renewals for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses.
  2. Process licensure by endorsement and renewals for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.
  3. Oversee the National Nurse Assessment Program (NNAAP) for certification of Nursing Assistance.
  4. Establish and enforce standards for educational programs preparing nurses for initial licensure and nursing assistants for initial certification.
  5. Inspect and approve Nursing schools in the Territory for compliance with approved standards.
  6. Issue provider status for educators who offer continuing education units in the Territory.
  7. Review and periodically Update Rules and Regulations of the Board as we become confronted with complex issues.
  8. Mandate a refresher program for Nurse-Midwives, who have not practiced in their specialty for a period of five years.
  9. Approve a Preceptorship program for Nurse-Midwives, who have not practiced for five years; and have completed a refresher program.
  10. Perform credentialing verification of licenses and certificates of other Jurisdictions.
  11. Establish fees for services rendered by the Board.
  12. Accept, Research, and follow up on complaints made to the Board; then take action on the infringement as per the mandates of the Rules and Regulations.