VA Proposes to Grant Full Practice Authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

05/25/2016 03:18 PM EDT

The Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing a rule to grant full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment. Full practice authority will help optimize access to VA health care by permitting APRNs to assess, diagnose, prescibe medications, and interpret diagnostic tests. This action proposes to expand the pool of qualified health care professionals authorized to provide primary health care and other related health care services to the full extent of their education, training, and certification to Veterans without the clinical supervision of a physician.