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Urgent: VA Plan Will Allow Nurses To Perform Imaging

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has introduced a proposal that would allow nurses to, "Order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies." The ASRT strongly opposes this measure as only registered radiologic technologists should perform procedures that use ionizing radiation. Certified nurse practitioners do not have the education, experience or skills required to perform highly technical procedures like x-ray, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, vascular-interventional or bone densitometry. This proposal is a threat to patients and registered radiologic technologists.

It is very important that we let our opinion on this proposal be heard. As of 6/6/16 there have been approximately 100 comments submitted and we need several thousand comments to make a difference. The ASRT lobbyist has said the higher the number of comments the more likely that the agency proposing agency will take another look.

We encourage all radiologic technologists to join in our effort to oppose this shortsighted proposal. Please submit your comments to the federal government and let them know that you strongly oppose the VA’s efforts to bypass patient safety measures by allowing nonqualified certified nursing professionals to perform medical imaging procedures. You can submit comments to the Federal Register at www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/25/2016-12338/... Our focus is on patient safety.

Some suggested wording is included below and we also encourage you to personalize your message to increase the chance of the proposing agency taking us seriously. A suggested template could be:

I strongly oppose the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposal that would allow certified nurse practitioners to, "Order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies." Certified nurse practitioners do not have the education, experience or skills required to perform highly technical procedures like x-ray, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, vascular-interventional or bone densitometry. Only registered radiologic technologists should perform procedures that use ionizing radiation because they are the healthcare professionals who are specifically educated and certified in providing safe, high quality imaging studies.


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