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Happy 50th Birthday Advanced Practice Nurses!



For the last 50 years APRNs have been providing excellent care for our patients.  Dr. Loretta Ford, along with her colleague Dr. Henry K. Silver, founded our profession in 1965.  This year we celebrate 50 years of providing health care.  APRNs provide care in all practice settings.  We are now essential the functioning of health care.  In, 2003, Dr. Ford was given the honor of Living Legend of the American Academy of Nursing.  This is just one of the many honors she has received for her vision of nursing and the future of nursing.  She just recently celebrated her 94th birthday. 

Dr. Ford also pioneered the unification of practice, education and research issues in advanced nursing practice.  She knew our profession would have both an immediate and lasting impact on healthcare in the United States.  We provide a holistic approach to health with an emphasis on health promotion and patient empowerment.  We focus on those things are that are most important to the patient how their health impacts daily life. 

It is imperative that we carry on Dr. Ford’s legacy.  In Connecticut, I believe we have built on Dr. Ford’s vision.  We have fought both at the bedside and in the legislature for our patients and what will help keep them healthy.  Each day in our practice settings we impact on our patient’s health and well-being.  The daily work we do changes lives one person at a time.  I applaud you for all the work you do for the people of our state.

To that end we will be celebrating our 50th Birthday at our annual conference in April.  Please join us.


Elizabeth Visone, DNP, APRN

Nurse practitioners fight

for more independence


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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.


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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