If finalized, the rule would make the VHA consistent with the U.S. military service branches, which allow CRNAs and other APRNs to practice to the full scope of their education and abilities.
Here’s the article from Bloomberg News
Here’s the Proposed Regulation
If you are a federal employee, you can comment on the regulation! From the VACO:
“VA employees are entitled to comment as private citizens but you cannot use your official VA title or office. You may identify your function such as RN, CRNA, MD, DO, LPN, LVN, RT, CRT, MT, CLT or whatever career you are in. Just do not identify yourself as a VA employee, supervisor, manager or section chief.
o Do not comment while on agency time or on VA equipment, computer or laptop.”
Here’s a link to the comment section to forward to friends and family – https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/25/2016-12338/advanced-practice-registered-nurses#open-comment
The comment period for the rule ends on July 25.