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VA Ruling on APRN Practice

This week, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule regarding Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) providing clinical care in the Veterans Health Administration. The rule grants three of the four APRN roles (nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and clinical nurse specialists) the ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training, but does not include certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA). 

NOVA calls this a step forward for APRNs and veterans who come to the VA for the best of care.  We plan to work with our CRNA colleagues in the coming months to see that they are given the same authority at VA facilities across the country.  It is our understanding this issue will be reviewed again next year.  NOVA believes allowing full practice authority is the right thing to do and offered its support to the Nursing Community efforts, as well as asked its members to voice their thoughts via the Federal Register as a NOVA member and nurse.  

The link to the final rule is provided here for your information: VA Ruling on APRN Practice