Over the years there has been many negotiations between physicians and nurses that has preserved physician-led medical teams. ISA believes that only physicians have the clinical expertise and training to exercise independent medical judgment. Allowing non-physician practitioners to expand their scope of practice through legislation rather than education and training neither a good solution nor good public policy for improving access to quality care. Here are the highlights of those negotiations.
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The Veteran Affairs Department has finalized a rule that will allow advanced-practice registered nurses to practice to their full authority at VA facilities, however the new permission will not expand to certified registered nurse anesthetists following lobbying from anesthesiologists.