Support CNS regulation as APRN's.
The CNS is an APRN and needs to be recognized as such in Virginia. Like the NP, CNM, and CRNA credentials, they are another advanced specialist separate from RN and with more training and expertise than RNs. By failing to recognize their skill set and regulating CNS as nurses only, Virginia will be less likely to have CNSs move to this state to provide services by limiting these professionals' scope of practice.
I write in support of CNS after many years as legislative chair of the VA affiliate of the ACNM, with extensive examination of the regulations in Virginia.
Thank you, Jessica Jordan, CNM, MSN