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VA Proposes Full Practice Authority for NPs
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made a proposal to grant full practice authority to nurse practitioners (NPs) and other advanced practice nurses at all VA facilities nationwide. This could remove practice restrictions on approximately 3600 advanced practice nurses employed in VA facilities including NPs, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified nurse midwives; leading to improved access to health care for more than 11,000 American war veterans.

ONA, the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and many other nursing and health care organizations are proud to support this proposal.

The VA’s proposed change is in line with recommendations from the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report that calls for nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training. The IOM also recommends that nurses be full partners with physicians and other health care professionals in designing care to result in better patient outcomes.

You can also take a few minutes to tell the VA that you want direct access APRNs to serve to the full extent of their education and training.

Click here to submit an official comment on their proposed rule so they know APRNs and all nurses are ready for this change

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