By SHERIDAN ROY
Southington’s Kristen Marie Guida can now add another bullet point to her lengthy resume in the health care industry. She has just been named president-elect for the Connecticut Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Society (CTAPRNS) at the annual conference April 25-27.
CTAPRNS is a professional state organization for advanced practice registered nurses in the state, advocating for accessible, affordable and quality health care for residents of Connecticut. Guida has been a member since 2015 and is currently the outgoing treasurer.
“As the CTAPRNS we are the voice for the Connecticut nurse practitioners,” said Guida. “We work closely with legislators, watch the legislative sessions, and act on behalf of the nurse practitioners for the state, keeping their best interests at hand.”
Guida is an acute care nurse practitioner at Hartford Hospital on the vascular-thoracic surgery service. She provides overnight coverage for an extremely busy surgical service. She has been a registered nurse for 20 years and an APRN for 10 years.
In addition, she is an adjunct clinical nursing faculty for the University of Connecticut and Capital Community College. She also precepts acute care nurse practitioner students. Guida serves on the Southington Town-wide Effort to Promote Success coalition’s executive board and serves on the National League for Nursing Content Review committee.
An avid volunteer, she participates yearly in a medical mission to provide health care to people in Haiti, and this year, she was promoted to be a team leader for a medical mission in Les Abricots, Haiti in October. She will also participate on a medical mission in June with Capital Community College nursing students in West Virginia.
Her achievements and responsibilities go on.
“I think it’s important, as a general rule, to give back,” said Guida. “To me, it’s so rewarding to be able to give back and help those less fortunate, and I feel like that’s why I stay so busy. I feel it’s my civic duty to fill a gap.”
Guida, a married mother of four, thanked her husband for being a strong support system and a “good day-planner.”
CTAPRNS has several focuses at this time that Guida will be keeping an eye on. Access to quality health care, the opioid crisis, and access to mental health care services are nationwide “hot topics.”
The organization is responsible for staying on top of those issues, along with providing educational opportunities for residents of Connecticut. CTAPRNS holds an annual two-day conference in April where members share information on a variety of topics related to health care.
Guida hopes to soon form partnerships with local universities to host health fairs to college students and members of the public with interactive educational opportunities.
“I’m excited to be able to take on this leadership role and I really hope to make a difference impacting health care within the state of Connecticut for residents,” said Guida. “I hope to bring my wealth of knowledge, enthusiastic personality and to have the organization grow.”
CTAPRNS currently has around 450 members. There are around 4,000 nurse practitioners licensed to practice in Connecticut. Guida said CTAPRNS is planning to host membership drives to boost membership numbers and encourage licensed nurse practitioners to join.
Guida received the 2018 transformational nurse leader alumni award from Quinnipiac University and was the keynote speaker for Quinnipiac University’s graduate recognition ceremony. She has received the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2018 Connecticut Nurse Practitioner state award for excellence.
To contact staff writer Sheridan Roy, email her at SRoy@SouthingtonObserver.com.