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Connecticut legislature approves nurse practitioner bill.

The Connecticut legislature has given final approval to a bill that would give nurse practitioners more independence, a measure that both supporters and opponents say could have a major effect on health care in the state. The House voted 110 to 35 to pass the bill while it cleared the Senate by a vote of 25 to 11. Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D), whose administration proposed the measure, is expected to sign it.

The proposal allows nurse practitioners to practice independent of doctors after they have worked at least three years in collaboration with a physician. Although not in the measure, Democratic legislators agreed to amend a separate bill to require that nurse practitioners practice for at least 2,000 hours under a collaborative agreement with a physician. That change was made in response to concerns that an APRN could fulfill the three-year requirement by working one day a week and not gain enough experience. The amendment also brings the continuing education requirements for nurse practitioners in line with those required for doctors.
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Publication:Nursing Education Policy Newsletter
Date:May 1, 2014
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