APRNS New CT Laws

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Laws governing your authority to practice in Connecticut were changed as of July 1, 2014.

  1. Collaborative and Independent Practice

    If you have been practicing for more than 2000 hours in three years, you must complete a form

  2. Continuing Education:

    Continuing education requirements are now required for all APRNs.

    Here is the link for continuing education: www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=547876


     

    APRN Continuing Education

    Effective for license registration periods beginning on and after October 1, 2014, APRNs applying for license renewal must complete continuing education activities as a condition of license renewal.

    APRNs shall earn a minimum of fifty (50) contact hours of continuing education within the preceding twenty-four (24) month period. Continuing education shall be in an area of the APRN’s practice; reflect the professional needs of the licensee in order to meet the health care needs of the public; include at least five (5) contact hours of training or education in pharmacotherapeutics; and include at least one contact hour of training or education in each of the following topics: (A) diseases, including, but not limited to, acquired immune deficiency syndrome and human immunodeficiency virus, (B) risk management, (C) sexual assault, (D) domestic violence, (E) cultural competency, and (F) substance abuse.

    Connecticut Nurses' Association, CANA, CTAPRNs and other approved CEU continuing education programs will be offered throughout the year to assist you in fulfilling this requirement.

  3. Practitioner Profile
  4. APRNs will now have a practitioner profile maintained by the Department of Public Health.

    APRN Practitioner Profile

    Effective October 1, 2014, the Department shall establish provider profiles for each licensed APRN for dissemination to the public on the Department’s website. Profiles shall include:

    • The name of the school or institution giving instruction in the healing arts attended by the APRN and the date of graduation;
    • The site, training, discipline and inclusive dates of any completed postgraduate education or other professional education required for licensure;
    • The area of the APRN’s practice specialty;
    • The address of the APRN's primary practice location or primary practice locations, if more than one;
    • A list of languages, other than English, spoken at the APRN's primary practice location(s);
    • An indication of any disciplinary action taken against the APRN by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing or by the appropriate state board or any professional licensing or disciplinary body in another jurisdiction;
    • Any current certifications issued to the APRN by a specialty board of the profession;
    • The hospitals and nursing homes at which the APRN has been granted privileges;
    • Any appointments of the APRN to a Connecticut medical school faculty and an indication as to whether the APRN has current responsibility for graduate medical education;
    • A listing of the APRN’s publications in peer reviewed literature;
    • A listing of the APRN’s professional services, activities and awards;
    • Any hospital disciplinary actions against the APRN that resulted, within the past ten years, in the termination or revocation of the APRN’s hospital privileges for a professional disciplinary cause or reason, or the resignation from, or nonrenewal of, professional staff membership or the restriction of privileges at a hospital taken in lieu of or in settlement of a pending disciplinary case related to professional competence in such hospital;
    • A description of any criminal conviction of the APRN for a felony within the last ten years;
    • All professional malpractice court judgments and all professional malpractice arbitration awards against the APRN in which a payment was awarded to a complaining party during the last ten years, and all settlements of professional malpractice claims against the APRN in which a payment was made to a complaining party within the last ten years;
    • An indication as to whether the APRN is actively involved in patient care;
    • An indication as to whether the APRN provides primary care services;
    • An indication as to whether the APRN advanced practice registered nurse is practicing independently or in collaboration with a physician pursuant to a collaborative agreement; and
    • The name of the APRN’s professional liability insurance carrier.

    All information provided by an APRN shall be subject to the penalty for false statement. An APRN shall notify the department of any changes to the information required in the profile not later than sixty (60) days after such change.

    The Department will mail additional details to licensed APRNs in September,2014, with information on how to submit profile information.

    Here is the link for practitioner profile: www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=547882

  5. Provisions of the Sunshine Act:

    APRNs will be tracked for participation in PHARMA.  This means PHARMA will track and report how much monies you have received from pharmaceutical and medical device companies.  You are all signing for lunches and pharmaceutical programs already.  The pharmaceutical or medical device company is responsible for tracking and reporting this information.

    For more information on any of the above go to: www.ct.gov/dph

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