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The CT legislative session has begun and with it, our fight for removal of the collaborative agreement.The Department of Public Health wrote a favorable report concerning removal of the collaborative agreement. It is attached for your review. A bill has been introduced by the Governor’s office and it clearly supports removal of the collaborative agreement. Please see the article in the CT Mirror which discusses the Governor’s support for increased access to care and independent practice for APRNs: http://ctmirror.org/malloy-let-nurse-practitioners-in-ct-work-independently-of-doctors/

Follow the link to Governor’s bill for your review: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/S/2014SB-00036-R00-SB.htm

Next steps: now is the time to contact your state legislators (find your legislators here: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp).  Give them ammunition to answer the question:

Why remove the mandated written collaborative agreement?

To increase access to care!

•   To meet the growing need for primary care providers, all providers must be able to practice to their full scope of education and training

•   Prevent APRN practices from closing due to physicians dying, retiring or severing the agreement rendering the APRN practice illegal

•   Enhance competition and allow patients a choice in health care providers

•   Allow more APRNs to open practices to provide innovative health care delivery

•   Help ease the shortage of primary and behavioral health care providers in areas of the state desperate for care

•   Allow APRNs to grow their practices without an agreement which is hard to secure, sustain and maintain as it relies on the signature of a professional whose organization opposes APRN private practice and creates a discouraging practice environment.

CT must align itself with the 20 other states who have removed barriers to APRN practice including: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Massachusetts has a bill pending.

Do your part now and contact your state legislators. Those professionals who are opposed to the removal of the collaborative agreement ARE ALREADY CONTACTING their legislators.

Time for them to hear OUR voices!


Laima Karosas, PhD, APRN

Government Relations Chair

CTAPRN Society


 Living Well Seminar


Sponsored by the

New England Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association


April 12, 2014


Farmington, CT


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NP Week Proclamation (PDF)


Please join CTAPRNS in congratulating
Meredith Wallace Kazer, PhD, CNL, APRN, A/GNP-BC, FAAN
Lynn Rapsilber, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC
who are two of the Connecticut Nurses Association 2013 Award recipients!
Meredith is being honored with the Virginia Henderson Award for nursing research and Lynn is being honored with the Agnes Ohlson Award for Outstanding contribution to nursing through political action.
There are several Diamond Jubilee Awards established by CNA to honor individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to nursing in the areas of practice, education, administration, political action and service to CNA. These prestigious awards are named after some of the most distinguished leaders in Connecticut nursing history and represent the highest honor that the nursing profession in Connecticut can bestow on one of its own, a kind of "Nobel Prize" in nursing.
The Diamond Jubilee Awards will be presented at CNA’s annual Awards Reception. This year’s event will be held on October 23, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell, Connecticut. The Awards Reception will begin at 4 pm and will include the award presentation and refreshments. We hope that you can attend the Awards Reception as our guest and that your family, friends and colleagues will attend to celebrate this honor with you.


Meredith Wallace Kazer, PhD, APRN, CNL, A/GNP-BC, FAAN

Associate Dean and Director of the Doctorate of Nursing Program, Fairfield University

Fairfield CT

was awarded

“The Virginia Henderson Award” For Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Research


Lynn Rapsilber, MSN ANP-BC APRN

Nurse Practitioner at Litchfield County Gastroenterology Associates in Torrington, CT

Co-Owner NP Business Consultants, LLC, Torrington, CT

was awarded

“The Agnes Ohlson Award” For Outstanding Contributions to Nursing through Political Action


We are proud to have such accomplished APRN’s be acknowledged for their dedication and continued promotion of our profession.



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The CT APRN Society (CTAPRNS) supports all efforts to increase wellness in our communities. In the light of recent events, decreasing violence is crucial to the health and security of all residents of CT.

In addition, access to health care, including mental health services, ensures the safety and well being of our society. Increasing mental health services nationwide will enable those in need of both counseling as well as pharmacological therapy, to obtain the services they would otherwise be unable to afford or access.

CTAPRNS has been "Keeping the health in health care" (c) for thirty years and will continue to support health promotion activities as well as treat acute and chronic illness across the spectrum.

May tomorrow bring a safer and healthier environment for us and our children


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 Nurses' Health Study 2

Dear Colleague,

Each week brings new headlines about research breakthroughs that wouldn't have been possible without the Nurses' Health Study. All of us at the NHS research team would like to thank you for your active, long-term participation.

As you may have heard, we are recruiting a new Nurses' Health Study 3 (NHS3) cohort of young nurses in order to help enhance our ability to understand how lifestyle, environment, and work-life affect health.

Here’s where you can lend a hand. One nurse telling another nurse has proven to be the most effective way to encourage women to join this renowned study. We need your help spreading the word about NHS3. By helping to enroll a new younger cohort, your role in our research is greatly amplified.

Our new "Email-a-nurse" site lets you tell colleagues about this opportunity and takes just a few seconds of your time. Do you know other female nurses between 20 and 46 anywhere in the US or Canada? Click on the link below to send them a message. And don't worry; we won't spam them with any other emails!


At the same link you can also download a colorful "Tell a Nurse" flyer to print out and share with your co-workers. Any method you can use to spread the word, including telling your colleagues or mentioning the www.NHS3.org online, is very welcome!

If you have previously helped us by telling fellow nurses about NHS3, we sincerely thank you! To date we have enrolled 20% of our recruitment goal of 100,000+ female nurses ages 20-46. If you know other eligible nurses, we would be very grateful if you would let them know about the new study and encourage them to visit www.NHS3.org to join.

Thanks again from the NHS3 research team:

Dr. Walter Willett
Dr. Jorge Chavarro
Dr. Janet Rich-Edwards
Dr. Stacey Missmer

Channing Laboratory
181 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5804




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