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About Us

The Veterans Access to Quality Healthcare Alliance is an initiative of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) organizations and others dedicated to providing and promoting the access to care Veterans need and deserve. The primary sponsors of this website include the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse AnesthetistsAmerican Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Association. These groups are joined in their goal of ensuring Veterans’ access to APRN services by other nursing groups, veterans’ organizations, individual veterans, patient advocacy groups, congressional leaders, and others that together represent millions of individuals and healthcare providers across the country.

Other Alliance Members:
American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service, Inc. (COA)
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS)
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
National League for Nursing (NLN)
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)

About APRNs
There are currently 340,000 Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) practicing in the United States, including more than 6,000 APRNs serving in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. APRNs consist of nurse practitioners (NPs) who deliver primary, specialized, and community healthcare; certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) who provide the full range of anesthesia services as well as chronic pain management; certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) who are experts in primary care, maternal, and women’s health; and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) offering acute, chronic, specialty, and community healthcare services; as well as APRN students and the faculty who educate them.