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Only a few days for you to tell your story of how physician involvement helps ensure that the health and lives of our Veterans are not put at risk at VA Hospitals


Visit http://www.safevacare.org/


Protect our Veterans. We cannot stand on the sidelines. As advocates for safe care for Veterans, ASA urges all ASA members to participate in the public comment period at www.SafeVACare.org and support the highest quality health care for Veterans by urging the exclusion of nurse anesthetists from the rule when the proposal is finalized.


The Process

The publication of this proposed rule does not finalize the APRN proposed regulation/Nursing Handbook. It represents the first part of the formal regulatory process whereby the VA will seek input from interested stakeholders prior to making a final decision. VA will review submitted comments and subsequently issue a final rule/final regulation.


What You Can Do

As part of the 60 day comment period, VA is specifically asking: “To aid in VA’s full consideration to this issue, VA encourages any comments regarding the proposed full practice authority.” With strong comment submissions by ASA members and Veterans’ advocates, this is the opportunity to demand exclusion of anesthesia from this rule. You can read the full proposed rule here.

Please submit comments online at www.SafeVACare.org. ASA has provided some sample language for comments, although personalization and stories are highly encouraged. Fill out your contact information and please remember to check the disclosure agreement box at the bottom. Once you have completed all steps, your comments will be posted in the Federal Register.


Tools to Help!

The ASA has created resources for members to use to help you advocate for safe anesthesia care for Veterans. To view, click here and sign in to your membership account.

  • Includes handouts, template emails, posters
  • Become an “e-advocate” by building support online through Twitter and Facebook


If you have any questions on the Safe VA Care initiative or how to get involved, please contact grassroots@asahq.org.