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The July 19 PowerPost article “Battle over VA plan for veterans’ care builds” framed nurses’ efforts to provide our nation’s veterans with direct access to high-quality patient care as a turf battle between physicians and nurses. This is not about doctors vs. nurses but about how we can work together to meet the pressing care needs of veterans.

The proposed Veterans Affairs rule that would grant advanced-practice registered nurses full practice authority states that “APRNs would not be authorized to replace or act as physicians or to provide any health care services that are beyond their clinical education, training, and national certification.”

Veterans service organizations, consumer groups and more than 80 members of Congress support this change because the research is clear: Nurses consistently deliver exceptional care with high patient satisfaction when allowed to work to the full extent of their education and training. To provide quality care to veterans, all health-care professionals must work together as a team.

Pamela F. Cipriano, Silver Spring

The writer is president of
the American Nurses Association.