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ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board Seeking Comments

February 19, 2018

The ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board seeks public comment on the proposed position statement,  The Nurses Role in Addressing Discrimination: Protecting and Promoting Inclusive Strategies in Practice Settings, Policy, and Advocacy The deadline for comments is March 13, 2018.

Please use this opportunity to contribute to ANA's focus on transparency and recognition of the important insights of public examination of its products. Please share this announcement with colleagues, students, health care consumers and other stakeholders.

 

Webinar: How to Survive Bullies during Your Early Years as an RN

February 19, 2018

This live, free and interactive webinar is specifically designed for RNs who have been practicing for five or fewer years.  This is a time when you may feel you do not have the skills, experience and power to recognize and effectively deal with bullies in the clinical area. It doesn't have to be that way. 

April 26, 2018 from 1 to 2:30 pm ET

Register now – Attendance is FREE

This webinar will help you to:

  • Recognize the common causes of bullying among nurses
  • Spot the tactics a bully uses – it is not all in your head!
  • Set limits:  Deciding for yourself what is acceptable and what is not
  • Open a dialog with the bully:  How to bring courage and calmness to the situation
  • Confront the bully: The best way to call-out the behavior
  • Know when and how to escalate your concerns to your manager
  • Thrive in spite of a challenging work environment:  Taking care of yourself
Speaker: Kristy Chunta, PhD, RN, ACNS, BC is an associate professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has been a nurse educator for over 10 years, teaching undergraduate senior clinical, master's, and doctoral level courses.
Who should attend:  RNs who have been practicing for five or fewer years.

Register now 

Important information:  Individual registration required. Register no later than April 25, 2018 at 1 pm to receive 24/7 access to this webinar – so even if you can't attend the live webinar, you can still benefit from this information. A link will be emailed to all registrants the day after the webinar so you can view the webinar at your convenience. This program is informational only; no contact hours will be

 

FBI Authorizes CBI to proceed with Required Background Checks for eNLC

February 8, 2018
Greetings from the Division of Professions & Occupations and the Colorado State Board of Nursing,

The Division of Professions and Occupations and the Colorado Board of Nursing want to update you on the exciting progress we have made for nurses and applicants affected by  enactment of SB 18-027, Concerning the enactment of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, on January 18, 2018.

We have been notified by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)  has approved Colorado’s fingerprint background checks. CBI is now ready to accept fingerprint submissions.

The Board will continue to issue temporary permits until such a time that we are assured the  fingerprint process is proceeding appropriately.  This will ensure applications are processed timely and qualified nurses are authorized to practice nursing until their fingerprint background checks are processed.  Information regarding the temporary permit process may be found here .
We have notified all affected nurses and applicants and will continue to regularly remind them of the requirement to submit fingerprints to CBI for the processing of the required background check. If you are contacted with questions regarding the procedure for submission of fingerprints, please direct inquiries to the information and instructions needed to fulfill this requirement the Nurse Compact website or to  dora_dpo_licensing@state.co.us.

Once the CBI and FBI have completed processing the fingerprint background check, the results will be transmitted to our office.   We are unsure how long this processing will take; however, we will begin approving multi-state licenses at such time as we receive and review the background check results.  It is important to remember that, to date, we have approximately 5000 nurses that require fingerprint background checks so the volume may slow the process. 

Thank you for your support during this transition and for your outreach efforts.  If you have questions, please contact us at dora_dpo_licensing@state.co.us.

 
Sam Delp
Program Director
Colorado State Board of Nursing | Office of Athletic Trainer Registration
 

DORA Working to Process Licensees

The Division of Professions and Occupations and the State Board of Nursing have been working diligently since the enactment of SB 18-027, Concerning the enactment of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact,on January 18, 2018, to find a solution for those applicants and nurses affected by the new requirements of the eNLC. For those nurses licensed between July 21, 2017 and January 18, 2018, the Board partnered with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to obtain a 90-day extension of their compact privileges. This provides a 90-day window for the implementation of the Colorado Bureau of Investigations’ fingerprint background check process and the review of the completed background check. For those applicants who are qualified for licensure but for the required fingerprint background check, the Board and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing have approved the issuance of a 180-day temporary permit, pending an attestation that the applicant has fully disclosed his or her criminal history on the application. This gap measure will authorize the permit holder to practice nursing, in a setting in which a Colorado licensed professional nurse is providing supervision, while awaiting the implementation of the Colorado Bureau of Investigations’ fingerprint background check process and the review of the completed background check. The Board believes this process will provide an opportunity for the qualified applicant to work during this transitory phase while still ensuring both compliance with the compact and public protection. We sincerely appreciate your support during this transition and welcome your feedback. -- Karen M. McGovern Deputy Director, Legal Affairs Division of Professions and Occupations 

 

Join us for the Nurses Day at the Capitol

The Colorado Nurses Association Day at the Capitol will take place on February 15, 2018.

Agenda

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am - Introductions and Overview Old Supreme Court Chambers

  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Senate and House Chamber Visits & Welcome

  • 11:30 am - Re-convene in Old Supreme Court Chambers

  • 11:45 am - The Important Work of the Nurse Practice Act Sunset Review - Linda Siderius, JD

  • 12:45 pm - Current Landscape of Healthcare in Colorado - Lt. Governor Donna Lynne

  • 1:00 pm - Closing Remarks

Registration Costs

  • Members: Free - be sure to log in to receive member pricing!
  • Non-licensed RN Students: Free
  • Non-members: $10 

Click here to register!

 
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