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               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.

Fall Presidents Message!


It was both a refreshing and challenging summer.  Our first board meeting was well attended however some of our elected positions found it necessary to resign.  So we have several new board members:

New Treasurer: Kristen Guida, DNP, APRN

New Health Policy Co-Chair: Monte Wagner, DNP-C, APRN

New Membership Chair: Lisa Burke, APRN

I am very excited to be working with these wonderful APRNs.  These position changes were approved by the Board of Directors. 

Because of this change I though it important to discuss the commitment when running for a board position.  We hold meetings of the Full Board every month on the second Wednesday of the month.  The Executive Board meets monthly for a conference call, these are held the second Sunday of the month.  Per our By Laws, board members have free membership while serving, but also per our By Laws, if you miss more than 2 meetings then you’re membership is no longer free.  I would love for more people to volunteer for board positions, but I also want to make sure that anyone running has a clear picture of the commitment you are making.  We have wonderful mentoring for new board members.  Please consider joining us.  We will be looking for new board members and committee in the spring.

It was very satisfying to see the 3 million nurse unite together this past week.  Unfortunately it was to defend our profession from ignorant comments expressed by “The View” panelists.  It was clear from the original comments and the apology comments that none of the panelists have any understanding of the scope of nursing practice.  I must say I have enjoyed the many memes on social media this week.  And shows that 3 million Nurses are proud of what we do!  I know my 40 year career continues to be the best decision I ever made.  I get to do something I love every day.

We are also looking at our legislative agenda for the coming session.  You will be hearing more from our Health Policy committee.


Elizabeth Visone, DNP, APRN



Nurse practitioners fight

for more independence


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


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



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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