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ANA President Responds to Department of Veterans Affairs Final Rule on APRNs

December 19, 2016

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a final rule granting full practice authority to three of the four established Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) roles when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment. Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) and Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) will now have full practice authority within the VA Health System as a mechanism for extending veterans access to a full range of qualified health professionals. ANA is disappointed that the VA failed to extend full practice authority to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

The following statement is attributable to American Nurses Association (ANA) President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, in response to the final rule:

“The American Nurses Association is pleased with the VA’s final rule allowing APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training. This rule puts veterans’ health first, and will help improve access to the timely, effective and efficient care they have earned. However, ANA is concerned with the final rule’s exclusion of CRNAs, which is solely based on the VA’s belief that there is no evidence of a shortage of anesthesiologists impacting access to care. We join with our colleagues in continuing to advocate for CRNAs to have full practice authority within the VA health care system.

“The 6,000 APRNs serving in the VA health care system are dedicated to delivering the best possible care to our heroes and their families. Today’s rule is the right policy at the right time, and we applaud the VA for taking this vital step in ensuring access to care and keeping America’s veterans healthy.”

APRNs are nurses who have met advanced educational and clinical practice requirements, and whose services range from primary and preventive care to mental health, birthing and anesthesia.

The proposed rule generated an unprecedented number of comments from veterans, health care providers and the general public. The final rule amends the VA’s medical regulations to permit full practice authority (FPA) for three of the four APRN roles when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment and authorizes the use of APRNs to provide primary health care and other related health care services to the full extent of their education, training, and certification, without the clinical supervision or mandatory collaboration of physicians.


The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of healthcare for all. 


Update Your ANA Profile

December 11, 2016

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Best regards,


Debbie Dawson Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN

Executive Director

American Nurses Association


Nominees needed for ANA Substance Use Disorder Work Group - Nominations will close January 1, 2017

December 11, 2016

ANA has long been aware of the difficulties addiction and substance use disorder (SUD) brings to the nursing profession.  ANA’s Nursing Practice & Work Environment is asking our C/SNAs if you, a member of your staff or one of your members is interested in acting as a topical expert on SUD in the nursing profession for an ANA work group.  Responsibilities would include participation in once a month 90 minute calls beginning in January and ending May 31, 2017 to assist with one or more of the following:

  • Develop or update an ANA or joint position statement on SUD in nursing
  • Create new and/or gather existing resources to educate students, nurses, and employers about preventing, identifying, and reporting suspected SUD across care settings
  • Develop new and/or identify existing resources to support employers and nurses before, during, and after treatment for SUD

Please contact Holly Carpenter, ANA Senior Policy Advisor, Nursing Programs at [email protected] if you have a nomination.  Please only nominate one person per C/SNA and ensure they are willing to serve.  Include their name, email address and brief outline of their expertise.  Nominations will close January 1, 2017.  Thank you!


Year of the Health Nurse: 2017

December 11, 2016

2017 will be ANA’s Year of the Healthy Nurse!  Recently, ANA has featured an annual, yearlong initiative highlighting an important component of nursing.  2015 was the Year of Ethics, 2016 focused on the Culture of Safety.  For 2017’s Year of the Healthy Nurse, specific health, safety, and wellness topics have been selected for each month, see below.  If your C/SNA has resources, conferences, activities, products, and/or events that you would like to see showcased by ANA that relate to any of the topics listed below, please contact Holly Carpenter, ANA Senior Policy Advisor, Nursing Programs at [email protected] at least 2-3 weeks prior to the month of interest.  Thank you so much for your participation!
Month Topics
January Worksite Wellness
February Cardiovascular Health 
March Nutrition
April Combatting Stress
May Women’s Health
National Fitness and Sports Month
June Men’s Health
Cancer Awareness
Skin Health
July Healthy Sleep 
August Happiness
September Recovery
Work-Life Balance
October Infection Control
Moral Resilience/Moral Distress
November Mental Health
December Healthy Eating/Healthy Holidays

Clean Air for Colorado Invitation

December 9, 2016


Please join health leaders in Colorado to discuss the importance of clean air in Colorado

When: Monday, December 12, 2016  2pm - 3pm

Who: Representatives from Nurses for a Healthy Environment, American Lung Association, and Moms Clean Air Force 

Where: National Jewish Hospital 1400 Jackson St. Denver, CO 80206


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