Dear APRN Stakeholder,
As you may have seen in recent news, on December 13, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who serve in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). This new policy will allow three of the four APRN roles (nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, and clinical nurse specialist) to practice to the full extent of their education and training. However, the final rule as currently written does not extend this policy to certified registered nurse anesthetists. What You Can Do to Support Veterans and the VA Healthcare Team The VA is offering a 30-day public comment period in regards to the final rule, and specifically on how full practice for CRNAs in the VHA would improve access to care.
To make this task a bit easier, the links below connect to either the American Association of Colleges of Nursing page or the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists website page on this issue. Both sites allow you to send a pre-written message to the VA. Please note that comments will be made public via the Federal Register. Please take this time to write a letter of support to include CRNAs in the final policy. Please click on the either link at the bottom of this email to access more information. Comments must be submitted by January 13, 2017. Please also take a moment to customize the language in the letter to your own personal experience. Thank you for lending your voice.
MN APRN Coalition Board
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American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists