Veterans bill supported by ANA [U.S.]
"Currently, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who work in Veterans Health Administration facilities are subject to the laws of the state in which the facility is located. While some states have removed restrictive practice regulations, in other states Advanced Practice Registered Nurses face regulations that limit their scope of practice, with veterans' access to care suffering as a result.
By recognizing these nurses to their full practice authority, the Veterans Health Administration can make the fullest use of these critical members of their healthcare workforce, maximize care delivery, and minimize waits and delays for care. The bill is consistent with the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine report 'The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,' and with proposals under consideration in the Veterans Health Administration.
Additionally, Veterans Health Administration recognition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses full practice authority would make the Veterans Health Administration consistent with the models already practiced by the U.S. Armed Forces, Indian Health Service and Public Health Service systems where veterans can now use their Veterans Health Administration health benefits under the Veterans Access Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-146)."