Physician Groups: Giving VA Nurses More Autonomy Puts Vets At Risk
A proposed rule would allow highly trained nurses to work independently in an effort to cut long wait times, but doctors are concerned.
The VA Wants To Give Advanced Nurses More Autonomy
Nurses may soon do work doctors normally do at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and that has some physicians concerned. Under a VA proposal, specially trained nurses would be able to perform routine checkups, manage chronic conditions, and administer anesthesia. These would be highly trained nurses – nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Current VA rules require these nurses to be closely supervised by doctors. (Murphy, 8/3)