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Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) 2016 Legislative Roundtable

On March 19, 2016, Diane Boettger (AVANA President-Elect) and I attended the 2016 Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs Legislative Roundtable. The roundtable serves as a meeting for nursing organizations within and outside the VA along with Veterans Services Organizations to come together to discuss the current legislative efforts of each group.

The following groups were in attendance at the NOVA Roundtable:

  • American Legion7244
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Vietnam Veterans of America
  • American Academy of Nursing
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • American College of Nurse Mid-Wives
  • American Nephrology Nurses Association
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives/American Hospital Association
  • Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research Coalition
  • Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
  • Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
  • House Committee on Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Veterans Affairs: Office of Nursing Service
  • American Federation of Government Employees

The majority of the roundtable discussed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act (current issues with access to care), the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (how this is helping homeless veterans across the country), and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Full Practice Authority Regulation (continuing to move forward through the regulation process and being signed into law). There was overwhelming support for all three of these subjects and their importance for access of care for Americans Veterans.



Garrett Peterson DNP, CRNA, APRN

President: Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists

AANA Mid-Year Assembly

April 2-6, 2016 in Washington, DC

“The AANA Mid-Year Assembly is designed to prepare nurse anesthetists to effectively advocate on Capitol Hill for protecting and advancing CRNA practice and reimbursement. Attendees will develop professional advocacy skills and healthcare policy understanding that promotes leadership at the national level and in professional practice.”



Veterans Affairs CRNA’s who plan on attending the 2016 AANA MYA, please contact Garrett Peterson, AVANA President know. If you will be attending to update you on when the House and Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs Meetings will take place.


Here’s the link to the AANA’s web page! AANA MYA

CRNA Week 2016!

January 24 – 30, 2016

2016 National CRNA Week Banner

National CRNA Week is celebrated the last full week in January on an annual basis. 2015 marked the 15th National CRNA Week, which began in 2000.
National CRNA Week is the AANA’s annual celebration of anesthesia patient safety and the nation’s 49,000+ Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and student registered nurse anesthetists who safely and cost-effectively provide approximately 40 million anesthetics each year. Known as National Nurse Anesthetists Week as recently as 2014, the new name for this popular event helps patients, hospital administrators, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and others become more familiar with the CRNA credential and the exceptional advanced practice registered nurses who have earned it.
For more information, ideas, and suggestions visit  AANA CRNA Week