Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule to permit full practice authority for three out of four recognized roles of VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) which include Certified Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) and Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs). The VA has taken an important step to ensure veterans have access to the timely, effective and efficient care they have earned.
However, ANA remains concerned with the final rule’s exclusion of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNAs), which is solely based on the VA’s belief that there is no evidence of a shortage of anesthesiologists impacting access to care.
ANA joins our colleagues in advocating for CRNAs to have full practice authority within the VA health care system.
The VA has provided an additional 30-day comment period on full practice authority for CRNAs.