CONN HB 36 Just passed the Senate and waiting Gov's signature!
The Connecticut House voted this afternoon to pass SB 36. The bill was authored in the Governor's office and would authorize full practice authority for NPs after completing three years under the existing collaborative relationship with a physician. During floor debate, bill proponents successfully defeated amendments requiring 6,240 hours in collaborative agreements with physicians and mandatory completion of a formal NP residency program before full practice.
When signed, SB 36 will make Connecticut the 18th state plus DC to have Full Practice Authority for NPs, offering patients full and direct access to the quality care NPs provide.
The bill now heads to the Governor's desk where it is anticipated to be signed into law. Immediate reaction to the bill's passage from the Governor's office is available here. The bill is likely to be signed during National Nurses Week.
Here's the link to the CT legisalature if you'd like to review the unadopted amendments proffered by organized medicine on SB 36.