Contact your Representative Now to Ask for Support in Increasing Practice Authority for NPs!
Please contact your Representative immediately and ask that they refrain from signing a Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Reps. Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) regarding the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) guidelines to modernize its Nursing Handbook. The VHA has proposed to allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to be recognized as Full Practice Providers within the VHA system. Reps. Grimm’s and Kirkpatrick’s letter opposes this critical step toward supporting APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training.
Please see the take action link to send a message to your Representative and participate in this effort by February 7, 2014.
Thank you for advancing this important endeavor. By acting to support the VHA’s efforts, you will be helping the profession turn the tide for APRN practice authority. The American Association of the Colleges of Nursing is working diligently to advocate for APRNs on this important issue and your support is necessary to support modernization of the guidelines in the VA Nursing Handbook. This is a critical step in assisting Nurse Practitioners to be recognized as Full Practice Providers within the VA system!
For more information on AACN’s advocacy on APRN issues, see: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/government-affairs/aprn-scope-of-practice