Public Review, Comments Now Available on Proposed Regulation on APRNs
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) within the Department of Veteran Affairs has been considering an updated policy to allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) working in the VHA to practice to the full extent of their education and training. As of Thursday, May 25, this regulation is now live and available for public comment in the Federal Register. You can read the proposal in its entirety here.
The 60-day public comment period on the proposed rule will end on or about July 24, 2016. We seek your assistance to ensure that the VA receives an overwhelming number of supportive comments to this rule. Please check back on this website soon as we share ANA's analysis, and provide ways for you to share your public comment.
The VA quoted ANA’s statement of support for granting APRNs full practice authority in their press release. You can read their press release here.
ANA Lobby Day 2016!
ANA's annual Lobby Day on June 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. ANA members and advocates will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Members of Congress and share their stories.
ANA Endorses Hillary Clinton for President in 2016
On March 22, the American Nurses Association President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, announced that Hillary Clinton has received the organization's endorsement for president. This announcement comes after weeks of voting by ANA members, who overwhelmingly supported Secretary Clinton in the endorsement campaign.
President Obama’s final budget prompts praise and pause from the American Nurses Association
The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognizes the many critical investments put forth in the budget proposal on February 9, 2016, and appreciates President Obama's continued commitment to strengthening our nation's health care system. ANA, however, maintains concerns over the framework’s inadequate support for vital nursing workforce development programs.
The President's budget recommends $229.5 million for Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act), representing a continuation of FY 2016 enacted levels. Title VIII provides critical federal grants for nursing schools and organizations to advance their educational programs, promote diversity in the field, repay loans for nursing students who work in facilities with critical shortages, and train geriatric nurses.
Title VIII funding plays a critically important role in recruiting the next generation of nurses, addressing the faculty shortages facing the profession, and ensuring we are building a highly trained workforce that can meet the challenges of a fast-growing and evolving health care system. While ANA appreciates the Administration’s call for critical health care investments in other areas, the organization will continue to advocate for appropriate Title VIII funding levels.
House Spending Deal Includes Title VIII Program Funds
Under the announced agreement, Title VIII, which includes funds for advanced education, loan repayment, and scholarship programs for nurses, would receive just under $230 million. This represents an overall decrease of $2.15 million compared to 2015. The deal would mean an increase of $1 million for The Advanced Education Nursing Program and of $1.35 million for the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment and Scholarship programs. See here for more details (PDF).