VA APRN RULE ON FEDERAL REGISTER
The following announcement is from FNPN. I urge you all to contact the VA and add your support to the many VA NPs who are fighting to practice to their full scope! This may set the precedent for the rest of the nation!
Tick Tock - the clock is running down towards our deadline of July 25th. That is the last day you will be able to support our VA NP colleagues and write a note to Secretary MacDonald or post on the Federal Register Website.
Do you care for Veterans? Are you a veteran? Is there a veteran in your family? Do you know any veterans who are friends, neighbors, in your clubs or church? Have you been concerned about the well being of our veterans who fought for our county or are now disabled struggling to get good care? Well if you do know veterans, then you need to shout out and stop and write a note today! Just say that NPs need full practice privileges to practice effectively and efficiently in the their jobs in VA facilities throughout the nation. If you don't write, this will not pass. We need all onboard to speak up and be heard. It takes less then 3 minutes!
Option 1: GO to AANP website and send letter: https://www.aanp.org/legislation-regulation/advocacy-center
Option 2: Go to the Federal Register and write your personal letter: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/25/2016-12338/advanced-practice-registered-nurses
Proposed Rule Summary
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its medical regulations to permit full practice authority of all VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment. This rulemaking would increase veterans' access to VA health care by expanding the pool of qualified health care professionals who are authorized to provide primary health care and other related health care services to the full extent of their education, training, and certification, without the clinical supervision of physicians. This rule would permit VA to use its health care resources more effectively and in a manner that is consistent with the role of APRNs in the non-VA health care sector, while maintaining the patient-centered, safe, high-quality health care that veterans receive from VA. The proposed rulemaking would establish additional professional qualifications an individual must possess to be appointed as an APRN within VA. The proposed rulemaking would subdivide APRN's into four separate categories that include certified nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, and certified nurse-midwife. The proposed rulemaking would also provide the criteria under which VA may grant full practice authority to an APRN, and define the scope of full practice authority for each category of APRN. VA intends that the services to be provided by an APRN in one of the four APRN roles would be consistent with the nursing profession's standards of practice for such roles.
Submitted by Jean Aertker, DNP, ARNP, FAANP, USAF Veteran