The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing healthcare services for more than 9 million veterans. The VHA employs over 120,000 nurses, over 7,000 are nurse practitioners (NP). The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amended its medical regulations to authorize full practice authority (FPA) for three roles of APRN practice using the rulemaking process. Transitioning to FPA within a system of such immense size has been both challenging and rewarding. This presentation describes the long and arduous journey of obtaining FPA within the nation's largest integrated healthcare system, an in-depth view of the implementation process, and the importance of internal and external stakeholder engagement.
Continuing Education Instructions and Disclosure Information:
Contact hours available until 10/31/23.
Requirements for Successful Completion: Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online nursing continuing professional development evaluation. You will be able to print your NCPD certificate at any time after you complete the evaluation.
Faculty, Planners, and Speakers Conflict of Interest Disclosure:
Planning Committee Disclosures: There are no Planning Committee disclosures to declare.
Speakers Conflict of Interest Disclosure: There are no speaker disclosures to declare.
Commercial Support and Sponsorship: No commercial support or sponsorship declared.
Accreditation Statement: The Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
SUNA accreditation is reciprocal in the states and specialty organizations that recognize the ANCC-COA accreditation process. SUNA is also an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 5556. Accreditation and approved provider status of NCPD does not imply ANCC-COA approval or endorsement of any product, advertising, or educational content. SUNA urges all participants to be aware of the CE requirements for re-licensure in the states in which they hold a license.
Learning Outcome: After completing this education activity, the learner will be able to discuss the importance of policy change to enable Full Practice Authority (FPA) for all Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and RNs throughout the nation and improve access to care.