HARTFORD, Conn. –Advanced Practice Registered Nurses will be allowed to practice independent of a doctor under legislation the House sent Monday to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk for a signature.
The bill allows nurses who have been licensed and practicing with a physician for at least three years to practice independently of those physicians. Current law only allows APRN’s to work in collaboration with a physician.
“It actually makes [health care] access much easier,” Rep. Peggy Sayers, D-Windsor Locks, said after the debate. “Some of the problems that APRNs have had is trying to find a physician to get that collaborative agreement.”
Under the bill, APRNs will be required to maintain an agreement with a doctor for the first three years before being permitted to practice independently.