New Jersey CRNA's Need to be heard!
Dear AANA Members,
Last week, I sent you an e-mail regarding harmful legislation recently introduced in the United States Senate by Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV). The Frontlines to Lifelines Act (S 297) recognizes advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) working in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) with Full Practice Authority, except for CRNAs. The bill has also been cosponsored by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Tom Udall (D-NM).
To date, more than 3,000 letters have been sent from approximately 1,500 AANA members to U.S. Senators asking them to refrain from supporting this legislation until it is amended to include CRNAs. That is only 3% participation on an issue that affects 100% of the AANA membership!
This legislation comes at the same time that the VHA is working to modernize its Nursing Handbook to authorize Full Practice Authority (FPA) to CRNAs and other APRNs. The VHA’s effort has come under attack from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and other physician specialty groups who claim that “removing physician-led anesthesia care is a step backwards for patient health and safety.” We have reason to believe that the ASA is now behind S 297 as a political maneuver to halt further VHA action.
Please write your Senators today by following the following four steps:
1. Click here to take action
Please take a few minutes of your time to ask your Senators to prioritize our nation’s Veterans over politics and recognize all APRNs working in the VHA with Full Practice Authority.
Thank you in advance for your time and participation.
Sharon P. Pearce, CRNA, MSN
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