Letters to the Editor

Nurse practicioners

Veterans are waiting too long for healthcare; and many wait as long as three to six months for care.

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ recently proposed a regulation that would authorize advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), which includes 4,800 nurse practitioners in the VA system, to practice autonomously without direct physician oversight.

Nurse practitioners have been providing safe and effective care to patients, including veterans, for more than 50 years. Veterans need access to quality care. Giving nurse practitioners the capacity to practice without physician oversight will reduce wait times, save lives and enhance quality care.

I would urge our veterans, healthcare, and senior organizations to contact both the VA and their member of Congress to voice their support for this critical regulation.

Julio Fuentes, Wellington