Letter from the Nursing Community to the House of Representatives Supporting a Proposed Change that Allows APRNs Full Practice Authority in VHA System

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The Nursing Community requests members of the House of Representatives to refrain from signing a Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Representatives Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), which expresses concerns with a proposed modification to the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Nursing Handbook. This change would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) full practice authority within the VHA system. The Nursing Community commends the VHA’s proposed recognition of APRNs as full practice providers in the VHA’s Nursing Handbook and believes this will further facilitate timely delivery of high-quality health care to U Service men and women.