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Bill giving nurses ability to practice without docs headed to gov‘s desk

Peggy Sayers (Photo by Hugh McQuaid)
State Rep. Peggy Sayers (D-60) (Photo by Hugh McQuaid)

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.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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