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.



If nurses are to be as effective as possible in helping to provide high-quality patient care in Connecticut, they will need to be better prepared as care becomes more complex and moves into the community


Connecticut will advance 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 looking at ways to help nurses progress seamlessly from associate to bachelor and higher degrees in nursing.  Recent progress in this area includes the dissemination of overview information regarding the Competency Based Model to nursing leadership at a joint meeting of the Council of Deans and Directors and the Patient Care Executives in June. Additionally, we recently engaged in a detailed discussion of the Massachusetts Model of Competency Based Curriculum at the June meeting of the Council of Deans and Directors.  The group was enthusiastic about the possibilities and suggested convening a nursing education/practice summit in the fall for the purpose of engaging practice partners across all the health care arenas and initiating substantive planning between education and practice to implement the model.

And we are engaging  with the recently created Board of Regents for the Connecticut University System (including seven community colleges and four universities) to schedule a meeting to discuss our initiatives to promote seamless academic progression in nursing.  This aligns with the Board of Regents’ goal of facilitating the “. . . transfer process between a public community college and a state university that is seamless and easier for degree completion”.


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.


We understand that communicating the value of nursing leadership and building allies are critical to providing opportunities for nurses to take on leadership roles. At the same time nurses must develop leadership competencies, and identify opportunities to contribute their value. We will engage Connecticut’s nurses at all levels to train and provide them with opportunities to lead. We have sponsored four leadership sessions to date that were attended by over 100 registered nurses from all health care arenas. These enthusiastically received programs form the basis for further work to enhance and reinforce the leadership competencies needed for nurses to make their unique contribution to policy and governance discussions and have a more wide ranging impact on health care overall.


Connecticut’s population is growing, as is the shortage of primary care providers. Outdated laws and regulations must be modernized so that nurses can provide the care that they are educated and trained to deliver.


To ensure that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training, we will develop strategic partnerships, and identify and learn from states with advanced regulations, in an effort to remove burdensome barriers, and provide high quality health care to patients and families 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.


Connecticut’s population is becoming increasingly more diverse, and many residents have unique health care needs. The nursing workforce must evolve to reflect these changing dynamics.


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.


Effective deployment of the health care workforce requires information – data to tell us what kind of health providers we will need and with what skills. Yet, Connecticut lacks a sustainable system to collect reliable and accessible health care workforce data.


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

The Connecticut League for Nursing, founding member of the Action Coalition, is building the National Minimum Data Set for Nursing Supply within their web portal.  When completed, this will be disseminated broadly to registered nurses in Connecticut (via 40,000 email addresses in the Connecticut Nurses’ Association database), and also to all nursing organizations and health care facilities in the state. This survey, when analyzed, will be shared and will provide baseline data on the Connecticut workforce.  It will also be used to pre-populate the Department of Public Health database when established.



Carole Bergeron, Executive Director, Connecticut Nurses’ Association

Marita Paul Shurkus, Manager of Planning & Procurement, Workforce Alliance 


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