Final VA Rule!!!!!!
A few short days ago, the Veterans Administration issued a rule granting full practice authority for 3 of the 4 APRN roles. While we celebrate the effort of all of our APRN's, family and friends public comments that helped pass this rule, we recognize that our work is not done. We support our CRNA's and encourage all APRN's to comment when this is made available to us. I will post when that is available. So please, when this is available, please contact your legislators and show your support for our CRNA's in Georgia. Below is an announcement posted by AANP. We are very excited for our colleagues in the VA and celebrate this victory with you!!!!
Washington, D.C. (December 13, 2016) – Dr. Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule granting veterans direct access to care by Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who work in the VA health system:
"This final rule is a critical step for America's veterans to be able to obtain timely, high quality care in the Veterans Health System. We are pleased the VA will move forward with allowing veterans throughout the country to have direct access to nurse practitioner provided health care.
An unprecedented number of Americans including veterans, their families and caregivers responded to the VA's request for comments, and we are pleased that their voices were heard.
America's nurse practitioners are honored to continue to serve our nation's veterans by providing them with direct access to the high-quality health care they deserve. We trust that in the near future, the VA will propose a plan to include Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in this provision.
We look forward to working with the incoming Trump Administration to ensure full implementation of this rule. With 4,800 nurse practitioners currently working in VA facilities nationwide, this is a zero cost, zero risk solution and a significantly positive step to strengthening care for those who served our nation.”