Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Welcome to Connecticut Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Society website!



               To be the voice of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the State of Connecticut.


               To promote Education and Collaboration between Connecticut’s APRNs and Physicians, other Health Care Providers, Educators, Administrators, Consumer, Legislators and other stakeholders to improve the quality, delivery and access to health care for the citizens of Connecticut  



NP Business Consultants, LLC presents

“Making Sense of the Dollars and Cents”

Everything a new or seasoned APRN needs to know

Presented by:


Lynn Rapsilber, MSN, ANP-BC, APRN, FAANP



Vanessa Pomarico-Denino, MSN, FNP-BC, APRN, FAANP



Preparing for your first job as an NP or thinking about a change? Few NP’s know the practical, business aspect of our profession necessary in today’s healthcare climate. Learn the finer details of negotiation and benefit packages and determining worth of service.


Are you under coding patient visits? Learn the nuances in successful coding and prove your worth to a practice or increase your income in your own practice.

Increasing income to a practice enables the NP to earn greater salaries and higher bonus structures.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Registration starts at 7am:  Sessions run from 8 am until 4 pm

  Includes Continental breakfast and buffet lunch


This program is approved for 6.0 contact hours of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)



Holiday Inn Hartford-East                                                                     

100 East River Drive

East Hartford, CT 06108


You may register directly through Pay Pal on:



Mail a check payable to:

NP Business Consultants, LLC

253 Fairlawn Drive

Torrington, CT 06790

**checks must be received no later than

August 29, 2015**



Early bird registration: $225.00 if paid prior to August 10, 2015

If paid between August 11-September 1: $250.00

September 2 until day of event: $295.00





The Role of the Nurse Practitioner continues to be acknowledged!


                                         See the recent  USA today Article 








Scholarship Awards 2015:

Jeff Curran, RN (MSN)

Erica Colavolpe, RN (DNP)


CTAPRN of Year

Cindy Guandalini, APRN, CNS-B



Milicent Malcom, APRN


AANP Advocate of the Year

Governor Dannel Malloy


Schedules of Controlled Substances: Rescheduling of Hydrocodone Combination Products From Schedule III to Schedule II

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Spring Presidents Message!



I would like to open the business meeting of CTAPRNS.  This has been an exciting year for our group.  A true REVOLUTION & EVOLUTION.  I would like to take some time to discuss the groups’ growth.  

First and foremost, passage of Senate Bill #36.  This gives us true independent practice.  We negotiated hard and won, and thanks to our many champions independent practice was passed.  Our next step is to get provider neutral language in all health care appropriate regulations and statues.  I will leave a full report to tomorrow’s legislative breakfast. 

As president, the board has revised the By Laws to reflect current practice.  These are a work in progress every year due to the evolution of our group.  To that end we have also revised and approved a new 3 year strategic plan.  This will be posted on our website for members to review in the member’s section.  I have also developed a business plan, which has been approved by the Board.  This has allowed us to focus on what is our mission and vision statements, these will also be displayed on our website after conference.  These are:


          To be the voice of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the State of Connecticut.


          To promote Education and Collaboration between Connecticut’s APRNs and Physicians, other Health Care Providers, Educators, Administrators, Consumer, Legislators and other stakeholders to improve the quality, delivery and access to health care for the citizens of Connecticut 

The keys to our future success will be:

  • The establishment of a strong network of Advanced Practice Nurses in the State of Connecticut.
  • A strong Connection to the National Organization; AANP.
  • Establish effective educational programs for advanced practice nurses.
  • Establish an effective monitoring system to codify advanced practice nurses in the State of Connecticut.

Treasurer: has been keeping our finances well in line.  We have a yearly budget we have been following. 

Secretary: our new Secretary has updated all our minutes and agendas on the website.  They are currently organized in the member’s section

Web: our web site continues to evolve, we are hoping to replace our current site with a more updated and interactive site in the coming year. 

Education: this has created the most buzz this year. Pat our Education Chair was tireless this year creating this wonderful conference.  We added a new conference planner, Joe Hancock who has provided guidance in taking this conference to the next level.  Mark, our treasurer & Mary Ann Fiffier, education committee member who provided stewardship for out CEUs.  A huge thank you to all of them.  The new bylaws raise this committee chair to Executive Board level and it is now a 2 year commitment.  We changed our venue to one larger and more central.  Going forward we will be providing the 6 content areas required for our license each year.  We are hoping each topic will have more than one choice.  Our conference this year is a huge success it’s the first time we have ever sold out.  We did not anticipate this year’s response so we are confined by the space.  We are already planning for a bigger and better conference come next year with bigger space to accommodate every one. 

We are working with DPH to make CTAPRNS the arbitrator of which CE topic fit within the required core content.

Membership: we have been meeting with APRNs in the state to encourage membership in the group.  We are also continuing to work on member benefits.  Such as a discount with on Fitzgerald Products. 

Public Relations: we have new products for sale. Be sure to visit our table and check out the new merchandize.  All proceeds go to the scholarship fund, please support this worthy cause.

Nominations & Scholarship:  Another fine job with finding people to serve on the board.  As well as awarding our scholarships and CTAPRN of the Year.

Research: is the new kid on the block.  This was created as an ad hoc committee this year to look at the APRNs in CT.  We will finally be able have a firm picture of where we are and what we do.  The research committee completed a state-wide survey to collect information on APRN demographics and work satisfaction.  A brief report of results will be presented by committee chair, Meredith Wallace Kazer and a full report is scheduled for publication later this year in Advance for NPs/Pas.

Student Representative: we now have a twitter account and our Facebook account has never been more active.  We also have a LinkedIn account as well. Please like or follow us on both.

Retiree Representative: has been in contact with Loretta Ford to help us celebrate our 50 years as a profession.  CTAPRNS has donated $500 to the Loretta C. Ford Legacy Fund which will be used for scholarships.

On a personal note, I blessed with such dedicated people on this board who have really stepped up and made things happen for this group.  I am filled with such joy from all of the people around me who make this job easy.  Thank you!

Our focus is on education for our members and advocacy for our members.    Because of this belief we have created a firm mentoring of our new board members.  This includes a yearly day long Board retreat for planning and team building as well as contact with those who held these positions. 

For this I encourage all of you to volunteer on a committee, many hands make light work.


Elizabeth Visone, DNP, APRN


Nurse practitioners fight

for more independence


Click here to watch the video and read the full article on USAToday.com





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.


Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Practice Changes:

Can I sign VNA or home care orders?

VNA orders are regulated under federal law, currrently APRN are not able to sign VNA orders or care plans.  There is a Bill in the House, 2504, and the Senate, 1332, AANP is asking for your support to change this rule.


Is DPH going to track my CE hours?

It is up to the individual APRN to keep track of CE.  You are required to keep track of them for certification renewal already.  You can use the ANCC website to track your CEs.


Is DPH going to track my 2000 hours of practice with an agreement?

The APRN must keep tract of their hours.  Save your pay stubs as a way to track your hours.


Is it 2000 hours OR 3 years of practice?

The APRN must work 2000 hours in a 3 year period to meet the requirement. 


My employer is insisting that I sign a collaborative agreement and I already fulfilled the requirements for independent practice, is that allowed?

If you are registered as an independent practitioner you do not need a collaborative agreement.


When does the CE clock begin to tick?

The clock started October 1, 2014.


Will I be audited by DPH for CEs, Collaborative Agreement and hours worked?

The DPH will conduct random audits of APRNs.  It is up the individual APRN to make sure all necessary documentation is available should DPH ask to review.


I am new to the state of Connecticut, but have practicing in another state for over 3 years, do I still need Collaborative Agreement and 2000 hours?

Any newly licensed APRN in the state of Connecticut, regardless of years of practice, MUST fulfill the 2000 hours in 3 years.  


I do not want to be an independent practitioner, what should I do?

Nothing.  Nothing will change for you.  Independent practice means you have fulfilled the requirement of the 2000 hour in 3 years.  


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. 





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 signed the bill on July 18, 2014.  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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