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Colorado Board of Nursing
Nursing Frequently Asked Questions
Information about the Board of Nursing including licensure, education, and much more.
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Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to the Nursing Homepage

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:

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

  • Krystal Nikole Hernandez, LPN, Panel A Vice Chair
    LPN Member | Term Expires: July 1, 2023

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

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

Panel B:

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

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

  • Kristin Waldrop, LPN
    LPN (Rural Hospital) | Term: July 1, 2021

  • Vacant
    Hospital Nurse | Term Expires: July 1, 2023

  • Vacant
    Home Health | Term Expires: July 1, 2022

Nurse Aide Advisory Committee

  • Danielle C DiValerio, NAAC Chair
    Professional Nurse | Term Expires: August 31, 2022

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

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

  • Vacant
    Home Health | Term Expires: April 30, 2024

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

  • Kyle Maneotis
    CNA Representative | Term Expires: August 31, 2023

  • Vacant
    CDPHE Representative | Term Expires: 2024

Public Notices

Stakeholder Meeting - August 13, 2021

The State Board of Nursing will hold a VIRTUAL Stakeholder Meeting to allow stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on rule revisions that 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 the implementation of 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 an expansion of the opportunities to administer medical marihuana at school to a student with a valid medical marijuana recommendation); and Colorado House Bill 21-1276 (Concerning the prevention of substance use disorders).


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


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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