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ALERT for APRN practice changes as of July 1, 2014

Dear APRN Colleague:

CTAPRNS , CNA and CANA are working together to be sure that ALL APRNs in Connecticut are aware of the laws governing the authority to practice in Connecticut were changed as of July 1, 2014.

Please CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE as there is specific information pertaining to your ability to practice.

Public Act 14-12

Ceremonial Signing in Governor Malloy's Office

July 18, 2014

CTAPRNS, CNA, CANA, and other APRNS groups joined Governer Malloy, Representative Theresa Conroy, Representative Peggy Sayers, Representative Susan Johnson, Senator Terry Gerrantana.





2014 AANP Winners in Nashville

Vanessa Pomarico-Denino,MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP; Henry Schniederman, MD & Lynn Rapsilber,MSN, ANP-BC, APRN, FAANP.

Vanessa, past President of CTAPRNS, selected for  the AANP Nurse Practitioner Excellence Award, as well as being inducted as a new Fellow in AANP.  Henry was awarded the Connecticut APRN Advocate of the Year.  Lynn, is the Connecticut Representatie to AANP, and recently selected for  the Connecituct Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award, was inducted as a new Fellow in AANP.  Congratulations to all of them for their tireless work for CTAPRNS.

From Left to Right: Vanessa Pomarico-Denino, Past President CTAPRNS, Henry Schneiderman, Friend and Supporter of CTAPRNS, Elizabeth Visone, President of CTAPRNS, & Lynn Rapsilber, Chair of the Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses. 


President's Message Summer 2014

I am so honored to be a part of this CTAPRNS these past 7 years.  I am also humbled by the impressive women of the past who have led this group.  I hope that I can live up to the standard that they have set.  This past year as President Elect I have been able to sit back and reflect on our profession on a national level as well as our profession here in Connecticut.  CTAPRNS has been at the fore front of removing legislative obstacles so that we may practice to our fullest.  This has been a journey for us started over 10 years ago.  Today we have made the political connections in the Governor’s office, other advanced practice nursing groups in the states and our state legislators.  We are the closest we have ever been to removing the collaborative agreement.  I am proud to have been a part of this process. And I see it as our professional duty to support this process.

What has been wonderful about this process is the grassroots mobilization of advanced practice nurses.  We have been contacting our local legislators, talking with each other, and making our voices heard in the media.  My hope is that we can continue this sense of community and ones. 

My goal to make CTAPRNS the voice of all advanced practice nurses in the State of Connecticut.  To speak as one, so that we can advance our profession and continue to sit at the table advocating our skills and knowledge to benefit the people of Connecticut, our patients.  To speak about the value that advanced practice nurses bring to health care at a population level as well as to the individual level, the patient in your exam room.

What does that mean for each of you, first and foremost are you a member of our group either at the Student or Full member?  Membership in our group is important.  Your dues, yes your money, helps us to finance our constant presence at the State Capitol.  Your dues help us support our scholarship and award programs.  Your dues help us to send board members to the national leadership conference.  My goal is to increase our membership, there are approximately 4500 licensed APRNs in the Connecticut.  For CTAPRNS to continue to speak for all of them we need more of them speaking to us. 

Your time, we have lots of work to do and any time or support you can give is appreciated.  There are wonderful mentors on the Board and all are willing to support you with your beginning leadership position.  Please consider volunteering your time with the board.  We understand time constraints and try to make our meetings as painless as possible.  We often hold telephone conferences, as all of us on the board are working full time in a practice setting. 

We are at a turning point in healthcare.  There is fear of the future of health care in our country.  We are one the richest nations, spending the most money on healthcare and yet we are one of the least healthy nations.  Healthcare needs to change in our country and Advanced Practice nurses are part of the solution to solving that problem.  We a well positioned to make this transition our backgrounds as nurses make us instant problem solvers, we are team players and sometimes we make the best team leaders.   Thank you I look forward to serving you over the next 2 years.


Elizabeth Visone, DNP, APRN





Governor’s Bill #36 has passed the House 110-35




Action Taken





In Concurrence




House Passed as Amended by Senate Amendment Schedule A




House Rejected House Amendment Schedule B 4413




House Rejected House Amendment Schedule A 3811




House Adopted Senate Amendment Schedule A


The amendment referred to stipulates 2000 hours of practice or three years (whichever is longer).


Please THANK your legislators IF they voted for the bill. You can find your legislator here: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp

You can find the vote tally (Senate is posted, House will be posted later) here: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB00036&which_year=2014

If your legislator did not vote for the bill, please politely let your legislator know how disappointed you are in his/her lack of support.


Also, please thank Governor Malloy for supporting access to care and removing barriers to APRN practice. He still needs to sign the bill, but as it was his bill, I think we are safe! His contact info is:

TEL: (860) 566-4840

TOLL-FREE: (800) 406-1527

TDD: (860) 524-7397

FAX: (860) 524-7395

            or send an email via: http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?a=3998&q=479088&malloyNav=|


Huge thank you’s go out to the CT Coalition for Advanced Practice (Lynn Rapsilber, Chair), CNA and CEO Kim Sandor (APRN!), AARP, and, last but definitely not least, State Rep. Theresa Conroy, APRN (Seymour) who championed our cause.


Finally, pat yourselves and each other on the back, and find a venue to celebrate later today.

This would never have been possible without everyone working together.

Congratulations to us all!


Laima Karosas, PhD, APRN

Chair, Health Policy

CT APRN Society



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