Your voice is needed to comment on proposed VA changes!
Yesterday AANP sent an email to all members asking for their participation in contacting the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support the proposed rule for NPs and other APRNs in the Federal Register [RIN: 2900-AP44 - Proposed Rule - Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (81 Fed. Reg. 33155, May 25, 2016)]. This proposal would authorize NPs and other APRNs to practice in VA facilities to the top of their education and preparation without physician supervision in all areas of practice with the exception of prescribing controlled drugs, which remains under the authority of the federal Controlled Substances Act.
The VA proposal is facing strong opposition from organized medicine that is similar to what has been seen in states where pro-patient/pro-NP legislation has been proposed. The best way to support our veterans' access to care and move this proposal forward is through individual engagement. The voice of the nurse practitioner and other advanced practice registered nurses MUST be heard loud and clear. That being said, we are providing a letter that you can use when submitting comment to the Department of Veterans Affairs. AANP would appreciate a forwarded copy of the letters that you send. AANP is grateful for your participation and would like to be aware of your outreach to the VA. While personalized letters are always helpful, you can also use this link to the AANP Advocacy Center to submit an email requesting support for the proposed changes.
Letters may be addressed to:
The Honorable Robert A. McDonald
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs
801 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20420
Please make your voice count by submitting your support comment today! If you have any questions, please contact the Federal Government Affairs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or NPAA. (You may also make comments to this post.)