In a final rule issued today, CRNAs will not be able to independently administer anesthesia in VA facilities.
[QUOTE]"The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulations to permit full practice authority of three roles of VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment," the agency said in the rule. "Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) will not be included in VA's full practice authority under this final rule, but comment is requested on whether there are access issues or other unconsidered circumstances that might warrant their inclusion in a future rulemaking"/QUOTE]
While CRNAs were omitted, certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists got the go-ahead for full practice authority to provide advanced nursing nursing services to the full extent of their professional competence.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists lobbied heavily against VA CRNAs having full practice authority.
What are your thoughts about this??
To read more, see:
Nurse Anesthetists Left Out of New VA Policy
Dec 29, '16
tnbutterfly, Thanks for posting this article so allnurses members can respond re denial full CRNA practice authority.
Per the last paragraph in article:
AP44 - Final Rule with Comment Period - Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
Add your comment by using link at top right corner of VA regulation page
The public has 30 days from the final rule’s official publication on Wednesday to weigh in on it
. Comments can be submitted here: VA Regulations
Last edit by tnbutterfly on Jan 14, '17