Public Comments Needed:
Recently, the Office of Nursing within the VA System has made proposed changes to the VHA Nursing Handbook that would allow full independent practice of APRNs. Bills have already been introduced favoring both sides of the issue in the US House and the US Senate. The SCMA opposes this proposed regulatory change and we are asking for your comments to support this. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has set up a website http://www.safevacare.org/ to collect comments favoring patient centered physician led care. These comments will then go to the Federal Register when the public comment period opens on this proposed nursing handbook regulatory change. The SCMA will keep you updated on this issue.