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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, DNP, MSN, RN, ANP (FNP-BC), RXN, Board President
    Advanced Practice Nursing | Term Expires: July 1, 2025
  • Lori Rae Hamilton, MSN, RN, Panel A Vice President
    Vocational/Practical Nursing Education \ Term Expires: July 1, 2026

Panel A:

  • Lori Rae Hamilton, MSN, RN
    Vocational/Practical Nursing Education \ Term Expires: July 1, 2026
  • Karrie Tomlin, MSN, BSN, RN, Panel A Chair
    Nursing Care Facility | Term Expires: July 1, 2025
  • Lenny Rothermund, LPN, Panel A Vice Chair
    LPN Member | Term Expires: July 1, 2027
  • Karen Hinojos
    Public Member | Term Expires: July 1, 2026
  • Kathleen Combs, RN, BSN 
    Hospital Staff Nurse | Term Expires: July 1, 2027

Panel B

  • Phyllis Graham-Dickerson, RN, PhD, APN-CNS
    Professional Nursing Education | Term Expires: July 1, 2027
  • Brandy Valdez Murphy
    Public Member | Term Expires: July 1, 2026
  • Diane Reinhard, RN, DNP, MBA, Panel B Vice Chair
    Nursing Administrator | Term Expires:  July 1, 2025
  • Nichele Bratton, LPN.  Panel B Chair
    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, 2026
  • Genya V. Gutierrez
    CNA Representative | Term Expires: August 31, 2027
  • Katie Jullen, NAAC
    Nursing Facility, CNA Supervisor | Term Expires: April 30, 2028
  • Jana Mussemann-Moore, Vice Chair
    Public Member | Term Expires: August 31, 2026
  • Apollonia Williams
    Nursing Facility \ Term Expires: April 30, 2028
  • Vacant
    Public Member | Term Expires: August 31, 2025
  • Lyn LaChaplle
    CDPHE Representative | Term Expires: April 30, 2028
Public Notices

Permanent Rulemaking Hearing – April 24, 2024

The purpose of this Rulemaking Hearing is for the Board to decide on proposed revisions to Rule 1.15 - RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES, in order to clarify the statutory mentorship requirements for APN RXNs, and to correct a formatting error in Rule 1.14 – RULES AND REGULATIONS TO REGISTER PROFESSIONAL NURSES QUALIFIED TO ENGAGE IN ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSING.

Stakeholder Meeting – February 16, 2024

The purpose of this Stakeholder Meeting was for the Board to receive feedback regarding Revisions to Rule 1.15 - RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES, in order to clarify the statutory mentorship requirements for APN RXNs and to correct a formatting error in Rule 1.14 – RULES AND REGULATIONS TO REGISTER PROFESSIONAL NURSES QUALIFIED TO ENGAGE IN ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSING.

 

Permanent Rulemaking Hearing – January 24, 2024

The purpose of this Rulemaking Hearing is for the Board to determine on new rules and revisions to multiple Board rules to implement Colorado Senate Bill 23-167 (CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF CERTIFIED MIDWIVES BY THE STATE BOARD OF NURSING, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, MAKING AN APPROPRIATION).

Stakeholder Meeting – January 8, 2024

The purpose of this Stakeholder Meeting was for the Board to receive feedback regarding proposed revisions to Board Rule 1.15 - RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES, in order to clarify mentorship requirements.

Stakeholder Meeting – November 13, 2023

The Board of Nursing held a Stakeholder Meeting on November 13, 2023, for the Board to receive feedback on new rules and revisions (opens in new window)(opens in new window) to multiple Board rules to implement Colorado Senate Bill 23-167 (opens in new window)(opens in new window) CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF CERTIFIED MIDWIVES BY THE STATE BOARD OF NURSING, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, MAKING AN APPROPRIATION.

 

Permanent and Emergency Rulemaking Hearing Notice – September 20, 2023

The Colorado Board of Nursing held a Permanent and Emergency Rulemaking Hearing to consider adopting a new Rule 1.35 (RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING GENERALLY ACCEPTED STANDARDS OF NURSING PRACTICE REGARDING PREGNANCY-RELATED SERVICES) to implement Colorado Senate Bill 23-190(opens in new window) (Concerning Policies to Make Punishable Deceptive Actions Regarding Pregnancy-Related Services).

Proposed NLC Rulemaking

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - Opioid Guidelines - July 17, 2023

The Colorado State Board of Pharmacy, Colorado Dental Board, Colorado Medical Board, Colorado State Board of Nursing, Colorado State Board of Optometry, Colorado Podiatry Board, and Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine are holding a virtual Stakeholder Meeting on July 17, 2023, for stakeholders to provide feedback regarding Colorado’s Guidelines for the Safe Prescribing and Dispensing of Opioids as these guidelines relate to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain.

Legislative Updates
Meeting Minutes

Full Board Meeting Minutes

Panel A Meeting Minutes

Panel B Meeting Minutes

Nurse Aide Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes