VA’s Proposed Rule would give APRNs Full Practice Authority

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing a rule to expand the scope of practice of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who work for the agency in order to provide veterans with timely access to care.

Under the proposed rule published in the Federal Register, the VA said it intends to expand the pool of qualified healthcare professionals who are authorized to provide primary healthcare and other services to the full extent of their education and abilities without the clinical supervision of physicians.

The agency said it intends to set criteria under which APRNs will receive full practice authority and that any services they provide would be consistent with the nursing profession's standards of practice.

The VA released the new plan after an investigation began into allegations that a Phoenix Veterans hospital used a secret waitlist to cover up treatment delays revealed a nationwide problem of veterans dying while waiting months for care. If the rule is implemented, it would help alleviate the long wait times veterans are experiencing to receive quality health care.  

To view the proposed rule, click here.

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