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AACN Supports Efforts to Recognize APRNs to their Full Scope in the VHA

Along with our Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) colleagues and the Nursing Community, AACN signed letters that supported the efforts of the Veterans Administration (VA) to recognize APRNs as Full Practice providers in the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Nursing Handbook.

Media Promoting the Impact of APRNs 

American Association of Nurse Practitioners: NP Public Awareness Campaign

Consumer Reports: The Nurse Practitioner Will See You Now

MSNBC: Millions are about to get health insurance. Will they get care?

National Samply Survey of Nurse Practitioners

AACN Advocating for State Scope of Practice

AACN is committed to supporting our state delegations with legislation that will impact the ability of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to provide care to the full extent of their education and training. Please contact AACN’s Director of Government Affairs, Dr. Suzanne Miyamoto, at if we can be of assistance.

View Historical Advocacy Actions 

Congressional Proposals and Legislation that Impact APRNs

The 113th Congress is currently working on proposals and introducing legislation that will impact APRN practice. Review AACN’s position on these Congressional solutions.

AACN Responds to Proposed Rules Supporting the Removal of Practice Barriers

AACN independently and with our coalition partners respond to proposed rules that impact APRNs at the federal level. These may address barriers to practice and parity with other providers.

AACN Submits Comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The FTC recently hosted a public workshop, Examining Health Care Competition, and invited public comment on the subjects discussed. AACN responded to this call for public input and submitted comments on  the professional regulation of healthcare providers. The comments commended the FTC for its work to protect the public through critical analysis of barriers to fair trade healthcare practices and to facilitate discussion on these issues through the workshop and public comment period. AACN supports the removal of barriers which prevent advanced practice registered nurses from practicing to the full extent of their education and training and limit competition in the healthcare arena.

The Federal Trade Commission Issues Recommendations on State Scope of Practice Legislation

Over the last three years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided recommendations concerning state scope of practice legislation. Each time the FTC has offered comments, they support APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training. They recognize that the care provided by APRNs is safe, cost-effective and is essential for access to care.

March 11, 2014
Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses
Federal Trade Commission

Reports and Articles on Promoting APRN Practice

Review the most current literature that supports APRN practice. Nationally recognized associations, respected news leaders, noted researchers, and evidenced based policy organizations weigh in.

APRN Resources

Links to other organizations representing APRNs.