We need your help. On December 13, 2016, the VA released a final rule granting full practice authority to three of the four established Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) roles when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment. This critical policy will allow Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) and Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) to practice to the full extent of their education and training when working within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Unfortunately, ANA is extremely disappointed that the VA failed to extend full practice authority to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).
The final rule will be effective on January 13, 2017. Thankfully, there is still time to fight for CRNA inclusion during the public comment period as part of its full implementation. Together, we can urge the VA to implement this groundbreaking rule and include CRNAs to improve access to care for our Veterans. Below is a pre-written message that will be sent to the VA. Please take a minute to customize the note and submit it by January 13, 2017.
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