Final VA APRN Rule Released


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.

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  1. Last week my husband aged 81,was prescribed a bloodthinning med.Eliquis for treatment of Atrial fib.
    I went to pick up the prescription ,it cost $245.oo.
    I was not pleased ,but I also felt it is necessary as a potential stroke would cost so much more !
    However,I find myself wondering why my sister,aged 78, who happens to live in Edinburgh ,Scotland is given the same medication with no cost thanks to the NHS!
    i would love to see a campaign by ANA to challenge the big Pharma companies who seem to be able to charge whatever they wish for essential medications.

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