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Saturday, November 18, 2017
HomeHealthCeteraWhat’s the future look like for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) at the VA? #CRNAsnotincluded

What’s the future look like for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) at the VA? #CRNAsnotincluded

December 2016, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced VA Grants Full Practice Authority to Advance Practice Registered Nurses. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) were not included in this provision as one of the APRN roles that may be granted full practice authority at this time. 

David J. Shulkin, MD., is currently serving in the Obama administration as VA undersecretary, he will lead the Department of Veterans Affairs under the new administration. Shulkin was the primary voice inside the VA for excluding nurse anesthetists from the APRN practice authority regulations.  Concerns going forward include whether this provision will be repealed/amended and how it will be implemented across practice areas throughout the VA facilities.

HealthCetera’s Barbara Glickstein asked Mary Chesney PhD, APRN, CNP, FAANP, FAAN, to weigh in on Shulkin’s appointment and potential impact on the future of APRNs and CRNAs full practice authority. Dr. Chesney is a Full Clinical Professor and Distinguished University Teaching Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She is past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and chaired The Health Policy Committee.

Tune into HealthCetera Thursday, January 19 at 1 PM to 99.5 FM streamed live or you can listen to the interview here

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<p>Barbara Glickstein is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, as well as a nurse, media guru and activist in New York City. She is the chairman of the board of Project Kesher and a consultant to many health care organizations and creative projects. She tweets and ‘grams @blickstein.</p>

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