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The State Board of Nursing is responsible for enforcing statutes, rules and policies as implemented by the Nurse Practice Act, Nurse Aide Practice Act, and the Licensed Psychiatric Technician Practice Act. Board staff oversee education, licensing, and enforcement of nurses, nurse aides, and licensed psychiatric technicians.The State Board of Nursing oversees more than 110,000 licensees.

Program Information

Program/Board Members

Roberta Hills, Program Director

State Board of Nursing
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-894-7800  |  Fax: 303-894-2821  |  Email: dora_nursingboard@state.co.us

 

  • Bernard Joseph Franta, DPN, MSN, RN, ANP, RXN, Board President
    Advanced Practice Nursing | Term Expires: July 1, 2025

  • Lori Rae Hamilton, MSN, RN, Panel A Vice President
    Nursing Education Program Director |Term Expires: July 1, 2026

Panel A:

  • Lori Rae Hamilton, MSN, RN, Panel A Chair
    Nursing Education Program Director |Term Expires: July 1, 2026

  • Karrie Tomlin, MSN, BSN, RN, Panel A Vice Chair
    Nursing Care Facility | Term Expires: July 1, 2025

  • Vacant
    LPN Member | Term Expires: 

  • Vacant
    Public Member | Term Expires: 

  • Alissa M. Shelton, BSN, RNn
    Hospital Nurse| Term Expires: July 1, 2023

Panel B

  • Vacant  
    Professional Nursing Education | Term Expires: July 1, 2023

  • Brandy Valdez Murphy, Panel B Vice Chair
    Public Member | Term Expires: July 1, 2022

  • Kara Bernard, MSN, MBA, BSN, RN
    Nursing Administrator | Term Expires:  July 1, 2025

  • Nichele Bratton, LPN
    LPN Member | Term: July 1, 2025

  • Aecian Pendleton, RN
    Home Health | Term Expires: July 1, 2026

Nurse Aide Advisory Committee

  • Danielle C DiValerio, NAAC Chair
    Home Health | Term Expires: August 31, 2022

  • Vacant
    CNA Representative | Term Expires:

  • Victoria Harris
    Nursing Facility, CNA Supervisor | Term Expires: April 30, 2024

  • John "Jack" Ruszcyk
    Public Member | Term Expires: August 31, 2022

  • Apollonia Williams
    Nursing Facility | Term Expires: April 30, 2024

  • Stacey Kjeldgaard
    Public Member | Term Expires: August 31, 2025

  • Nadra Gibson
    CDPHE Representative | Term Expires: January 1, 2024

Public Notices

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - August 12, 2022

The Division of Professions and Occupations' held a Joint Stakeholder Meeting for all Healthcare Boards and Programs that allowed stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback, and help develop new and/or revised rules to implement Colorado House Bill 22-1284 (Concerning updates to state surprise billing laws to facilitate the implementation of surprise billing protections, and, in connection therewith, aligning state law with the federal "No Surprises Act").

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - July 29, 2022

The Division of Professions and Occupations' held a Joint Stakeholder Meeting for all Boards and Programs that allowed stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback, and help develop new rules to implement the directives of Executive Order D-2022-034 (Protecting Colorado’s Workforce and Expanding Licensing Opportunities).

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - July 22, 2022

The Division of Professions and Occupations' held a Joint Stakeholder Meeting for all healthcare Boards and Programs that allowed stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback, and help develop new rules to implement the directives of Executive Order D-2022-032 (Directing State Agencies to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care in Colorado).

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - June 10, 2022

The Division of Professions and Occupations (Division) will hold a Joint Stakeholder Meeting to allow stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on the implementation of Colorado Senate Bill 22-116 (Concerning the ability of an individual to obtain an occupational credential through the occupational credential portability program) which amends the Red Tape Reduction Act (HB20-1326/Section 12-20-202, C.R.S.); and subsequent proposed draft rules for each Board/Program. In an effort to provide advanced notice of this meeting, the draft rules for each Board/Program will not be available until Friday, May 27, 2022. To review the draft rules, please click on the "Notice, SB22-116, and Draft Rules" link below, on or after the availability date

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - February 14, 2022

The State Board of Pharmacy (Board) held a Joint Stakeholder Meeting that allowed stakeholders from the State Board of Pharmacy, Colorado Medical Board, and State Board of Nursing an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed revisions to the Statewide Protocol for Prescribing Hormonal Contraceptive Patches and Oral Contraceptives (Appendix A), and the Colorado Self-Screening Contraception Risk Assessment Questionnaire to include Vaginal Rings and Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (DPMA). Additionally, updates to the Summary Chart of U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, embedded in Appendix A of the Board’s rules, are proposed to align the rules with recent updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - October 27, 2021

The State Board of Nursing held an Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing on October 27, 2021, that allowed stakeholders a final opportunity to provide feedback before the Board considered adopting rule revisions to provide a general cleanup; changes to the license reinstatement requirements; revisions to the approval process of educational programs; revisions to the mentoring description for advanced practice nurses with prescriptive authority; and proposed rules to implement Colorado House Bill 20-1326 (Concerning an expansion of an individual's ability to practice an occupation in Colorado through creation of an occupational credential portability program); Colorado Senate Bill 21-056 (Concerning expansion of the opportunities to administer medical marijuana at school to a student with a valid medical marijuana recommendation); and Colorado House Bill 21-1276 (Concerning the prevention of substance use disorders). The new rule to implement Colorado House Bill 21-1276 was considered on an emergency basis to comply with the bill’s November 1, 2021, effective date.

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - October 15, 2021

The State Board of Pharmacy, State Board of Nursing, Colorado Medical Board, Colorado Dental Board, Colorado Podiatry Board, State Board of Veterinary Medicine, and State Board of Optometry will hold a Joint Stakeholder Meeting to gather feedback to identify and create a list of prescription drugs and substances (using evidence-based practices), in addition to controlled substances, that have a substantial potential for abuse and must require pharmacists and prescription drug outlets to report those prescription drugs and substances to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) when dispensed to a patient. The Board is considering the development of new rules to monitor non-controlled prescription drugs/substances, as allowed per section 12-280-404(2)(b)(I), C.R.S., of Colorado Senate Bill 21-098.

 

Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - April 21, 2021

The State Board of Nursing will hold a VIRTUAL Permanent Rulemaking Hearing to allow stakeholders a final opportunity to provide testimony before the Board considers adopting revisions to Rule 1.29 to correct language that conflicts with portions of the statute in Colorado Senate Bill 20-102 (Concerning required disclosures to patients regarding formal actions based on sexual misconduct); and adopt a new rule, Rule 1.30, to implement Colorado Senate Bill 19-079 (Concerning a requirement that certain practitioners prescribe controlled substances electronically).

 

The eNLC is holding proposed rulemaking about three rules: 408. Federal Criminal Records, 409. Active Duty Military Personnel or Their Spouses, and 502. Dispute Resolution. Comments for these rules are open, for more information please visit the NCSBN's NLC Rules webpage

Legislative Updates
Meeting Minutes

Full Board Meeting Minutes

Panel A Meeting Minutes

Panel B Meeting Minutes

Nurse Aide Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

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