VA Advanced Practice Nursing
Advanced Practice Nursing Advisory Group (APNAG)
The Advanced Practice Nursing Advisory Group (APNAG) focuses on establishing, implementing, and evaluating the strategic plan for advanced practice nursing in VA. The term Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) refers to nurses with nationally recognized graduate educational preparation and certification, usually as either a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or nurse practitioner (NP), but can also refer to nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, etc. In VA, the APRN group encompasses CNSs and NPs. APNAG serves in an advisory capacity to the National Nurse Executive Council (NNEC) for strategic planning, issues, and activities of VHA organizational impact related to advanced practice nursing, such as licensure, utilization, role, scope of practice, recruitment and retention, workload capture, and prescriptive authority.