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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

Board Members

Roberta Hills, Program Director

  • Kristine Reuss, Ph.D., RN, Board President
    Professional Nursing Education | Term Expires: July 1, 2023

  • Bernard Joseph Franta, DPN, MSN, RN, ANP, RXN, Board Vice President
    Advanced Practice Nursing | Term Expires: July 1, 2021

Panel A:

  • Sharon Devine, MSN, BSN, RN, Panel A Chair
    Nursing Care Facility | Term Expires: July 1, 2021

  • Lori Rae Hamilton, MSN, RN
    Nursing Education Program Director |Term Expires: July 1, 2022

  • Jerriann Lingle Zimmerman
    Public Member | Term Expires: July 1, 2022

  • Krystal Nikole Hernandez, LPN
    LPN Member | Term Expires: July 1, 2023

Panel B:

  • Kristin Waldrop, LPN, Panel B Vice Chair
    LPN (Rural Hospital) | Term: July 1, 2021

  • Brandy Valdez Murphy
    Public Member | Term Expires:  July 1, 2022

  • Adam Diesi, BSN, RN, CCRN
    Hospital Nurse | Term Expires: July 1, 2023

  • Jake Benoit-Wylie, MSN, BSN, RN
    Nursing Administrator | Term Expires: July 1, 2021

  • Tavia Drummond, DNP, MSN, RN
    Home Health | Term Expires: July 1, 2022

Nurse Aide Advisory Committee

  • Nancy McKelvey, Chair
    CDPHE - LTC Health Facilities | Term Expires: February 29, 2024

  • John "Jack" Ruszcyk
    Public Member | Term Expires: August 31, 2021

  • Denise Hodgert, MS/HSA, BSN, RN
    Home Health | Term Expires: April 30, 2024

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

  • Annie Nestor
    Public Member | Term Expires: August 31, 2021

  • Danielle C DiValerio
    Professional Nurse | Term Expires: August 31, 2021

  • Vacant
    CNA Representative | Term Expires: 

Public Notices

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


Stakeholder Meeting - December 17, 2020

The State Board of Nursing held a VIRTUAL Stakeholder Meeting for the Board to receive feedback on the implementation of Colorado Senate Bill 19-079 (Concerning a requirement that certain practitioners prescribe controlled substances electronically), and subsequent proposed draft rule.  


Rulemaking Hearing - October 28, 2020

The Board of Nursing held an Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing on October 28, 2020, regarding the implementation of Colorado House Bill 20-1216 (Sunset Review that Continues the Regulation of Nurses and makes changes to the Nurse Practice Act), Colorado House Bill 20-1183 (Sunset Review that Continues the Regulation of Nurse Aides), Colorado House Bill 20-1326 (Creates an Occupational Credential Portability Program), Colorado Senate Bill 20-102 (Patient Disclosure regarding Sexual Misconduct), and the proposed Draft Rules.

Previous Stakeholder Meetings:


Stakeholder Meeting - June 18, 2020

The State Board of Nursing held a VIRTUAL Stakeholder Meeting to receive feedback on whether or not the Board should consider permanently adopting the emergency licensing rule (Rule 1.26), which was adopted to meet the requirements of Executive Order D 2020 038, as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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