The Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition is the driving force transforming health care through nursing in our state. Understanding that Connecticut has specific health care challenges and needs, we are working with diverse stakeholders to create and model innovative solutions with nurses leading the way.

CNC-AC is achieving its mission by:
1. Collecting and analyzing data to ensure CT has enough practicing nurses to respond to changing health care needs in the state.
2. Facilitating the revision of nursing education to reflect priorities around wellness, disease prevention, treatment, coordination of care, and collaboration.
3. Building nursing leadership capacity to respond to health care needs from bedside to community to boardroom and to inform health care policy.
4. Serving the cultural and ethnic needs of our communities by welcoming and building a broadly diverse nursing workforce.



In Connecticut, only 32% of RNs hold a baccalaureate degree. To ensure effective patient care in a complex health care environment and to embrace continual educational advancement, we need to develop and provide a seamless pathway to improve education progression for nurses.


Connecticut is advancing pathways for a diverse nursing workforce to achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression, ensuring that nurses can deliver high-quality, patient-centered care. We are currently implementing two pilot programs to support seamless education progression following gap analyses between community colleges, state and private univesities and practice partners. The gap analyses provided opportunities to improve and revise nursing curricula in support of seamless education progression and complex practice needs. Enrollment is beginning for the RN-BSN pilot program as a collaboration betwen Gateway Community College, Southern Connecticut State University and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Enrollment will begin for the RN-MSN pilot program as a collaboration betwen Three Rivers Community College, University of Connecticut, W.W. Backus Hospital and Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. All pilots programs use the Nurse of Future Competency model as their framework.


Nurses bring a unique, important perspective to health care, higher education, business and policy discussions. Faced with Connecticut’s significant health care challenges, nurses at all levels must step up, and contribute their valued perspective in multi-disciplinary groups.


In collaboration with associations and organizations throughout the state, CNC-AC is promoting and encouraging participation in nursing leadership development opportunities. These include The Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association mentorship program, the ANA leadership program and the AONE leadership program. We are also engaging in leadership development opportunities with the Institute for Nursing Leasdership & Innovtion (TM): A Nursing Leadership Essentail Series. CNC-AC is also learning from the leadership wisdom and experience of retired nurses in CT as it relates to the past, present, and future of nursing.


As Connecticut’s population increases with more entrants into the health care market place, the need for highly qualified primary care providers is critical. CNC-AC suppports the goal for expanded scope of practice for Advanced Practice RNs to meet this critical need.


On May 9, 2014, the Conneciticut legislature passed SB 36. This bill expands scope of practice for APRNs by dissolving collaborative practice agreements. In so doing, APRNs will practice to the full extent of their education and training to improve access to high quality health care in Connecticut.

Interprofessional Collaboration

To ensure high quality, patient-centered care, nurses, physicians and other health professionals must collaborate in education and practice, and across all health care settings.


We are building partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including physicians and other health providers, to support, spread and implement models of interprofessional collaboration in education and practice.


As the demographics of the Connecticut population continues to diversify, it is imperative for the nursing workforce to reflect this diversity to best meet unique health care needs. CNC-AC believes the focus on diversity in the nursing workforce must be a driving factor in all of its initiaitves and priorities.


We will work with our colleagues throughout the state to communicate the value of diversifying the nursing workforce to reflect the state’s population, while also looking to other successful programs as models for implementation. Our founding members represent broadly diverse populations with complex health care needs.  Additional organizations representing other constituencies have since become collaborative members.  The voice of these groups ensures that we will develop initiatives that have potential impact on the diverse populations that challenge the Connecticut health care system.

CNC-AC is developing collaborative relationships with The Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association, The Southern Connecticut Black Nurses Association, and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Hartofrd Chapter. We are supporting a unique mentorship program with The Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association to recruit and support individuals of color who are interested in an education and career in nursing. We will continue to develop and define a diversity plan to ensure that nursing education and practice reflect the needs of the people we serve.


To better understand nursing workforce supply and demand needs, Connecticut must implement a robust data initiative in collaboration with state regulatory agencies, community colleges, sate and private colleges and universities, and public and private practice stakeholders.


CNC-AC is exploring partnerships and examining models from other states to develop a plan for data collection and analysis. Once developed, we will work to promote data-driven policy decisions that improve health care for patients and families in Connecticut.

This work is being done in collaboration with the Connecticut Center for Nursing Workforce. The data is being used to better understand baseline supply needs. The CT DPH has implemented state e-licensure and will implement the mandatory minimum data set surveyto reflect ongoing nursing supply data. We will continue to work with our partners to collect and analyze supply data, collect and analyze demand data, and develop nursing workforce forecasting models for Connecticut.



Kim Sandor, Executive Director, Connecticut Nurses’ Association

Jill Watson,Manger of Special Grants and Projects, Workforce Alliance

Lisa Sundean, Statewide Director, Connecticut Action Coalition 

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Annie E. Casey Foundation
Association of School Nurses of Connecticut
Bridgeport School of Nursing
Connecticut Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Society
Connecticut Association Public Health Nurses
Connecticut Center for Nursing Workforce a program of the CLN
Connecticut Chapter of National Association of Hispanic Nurses
Connecticut Child Care Health Consultant Professional Organization
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Connecticut Hospital Association
Connecticut League for Nursing
Connecticut Nurses' Association
Connecticut Nurses' Association-GRC
Connecticut Nurses' Foundation
Danbury Nurses Union Unit #47 Local 5047
Gateway Community College
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
Midstate Medical Center
Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association
Quinnipiac University School of Nursing
Southern Connecticut Black Nurses Association
Southern Connecticut State University
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Three Rivers Community College
University of Connecticut
W.W. Backus Hospital
Workforce Alliance
Yale New Haven Hospital
Yale School of Nursing
Individuals of the Connecticut Nursing Workforce

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