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VA National Standards of Practice

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About the VA National Standards of Practice

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is developing national standards to ensure safe, high-quality care for the Nation’s Veterans in VA's integrated health care system. Developing national standards of practice will ensure Veterans receive the same high-quality care regardless of where they receive their care. These national standards of practice are designed to increase health care access, improve health outcomes for Veterans, support staff in moving across VA, and provide VA staff support to the country in disaster and times of national crisis.

Each national standard of practice will be published as an appendix to VHA Directive 1900, VA National Standards of Practice, which establishes basic principles that apply across all national standards of practice, including oversight, reporting, and implementation. Visit the Resources page to review the current list of published national standards of practice.

Our Objective

  • Collect and review research, data, and independent studies, including “Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Scope of Practice Laws,” policy brief conducted by Temple University.
  • Create national standards of practice for health care occupations, which will allow VA to utilize widely accepted best practices across the VA system irrespective of state requirements or restrictions.
  • Formalize the national standards of practice into a formal VHA directive that will be distributed and implemented across VA.

Benefits to Veterans and VA Health Care Professionals

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VA has the ability to move our health care professionals seamlessly throughout our organization to support the mission.
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VA Clinicians are able to practice across state lines, without fear of state disciplinary action.
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VA can provide Veterans the same high-quality care no matter where they enter the VA system.
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VA Medical Centers have standardized practice and business operations.
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VA has the agility to provide support in disaster and times of national crises, and further VA’s 4th mission.

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