AMCNO Disappointed with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ New APRN Policy

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a final rule allowing most advanced practice nurses (APRNs) within the VA to practice independently of a physician’s clinical oversight, regardless of individual state law.

Medical associations from around the country, including the AMCNO, sent letters and provided comments opposing the proposed rule (the AMCNO communications are available here), emphasizing that coordinated, physician-led, patient-centered, team-based care is the best approach to improving quality care for our country’s veterans. Although the VA refined some parts of the proposed rule that we agree with, such as excluding nurse anesthetists from it and clarifying that only individuals with credentials in radiology can perform radiology studies, we were disappointed to learn of the new policy.   To read the final rule, click here.



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