Veterans Administration Considers Designating APRNs as Independent Practitioners

The Veterans Administration (VA) is considering a proposal that would require that all Advanced Practice Registered Nurses(APRNs) be designated as independent practitioners, regardless of the regulations set up by each state, according to an article in the January 2014 issue of U.S. Medicine. Currently, VA APRNs often have to change the way they practice based on location, even when treating the same patient, because of varying rules concerning prescriptive authority, admissions, and physician supervision.

According to the VA, the proposal is designed to “reduce variability in practice across the entire VA health care system.”  Read the full story here

by Aidan McCallion | January 24, 2014

Tags: practice

Andrea Brassard

VHA is following the lead of the Indian Health Services which "federalized" their APRNs with full practice authority in 2006.
Posted on: February 1, 2014, 8:01 am

Stefanie Cruz

Thank you for posting this info Andrea!
Posted on: February 1, 2014, 10:14 am


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