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Colorado Nurses Association Announces Deputy Director

March 25, 2024

Margaret Bishop, MSN, RN, BSN has accepted the part-time position of Deputy Director of Colorado Nurses Association (CNA).  In that role, Margaret will serve as Deputy to the Executive Director with a focus on membership development and engagement, support for event planning and management, and continued work with the Government Affairs & Public Policy Committee work.

Ms. Bishop has been working with CNA for the past year and was instrumental in the development of the CNA position statement on the Social Determinants of Health. 

Ms. Bishop shared, 

As a nurse, "I feel at home with CNA’s dedication to research and evidence-based decision making, multidisciplinary collaboration, mentorship, and leadership in their efforts to advance the profession and wellness for all. Furthermore, I am proud to be a member of an organization that prioritizes the profession’s ethical standard to promote human rights and equitable policy. I feel immensely privileged and excited to serve as CNA's Deputy Director." 

Congratulations and welcome to Margaret!


February 27, 2024 Prevention of Workplace Violence Committee Hearing

The Colorado Legislature will hear  Colorado HB24-1066 Prevention of Workplace Violence in Certain Healthcare Facilities in the House Health & Human Services Committee on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.  We anticipate a Committee start time around 11:30 am.

Colorado HB24-1066 is being sponsored by Representative Eliza Hamrick (HD 61), Representative Lorena Garcia (HD 35), Senator Dafna Michaelson Jenet (SD21), and Senator Julie Gonzales (SD 34).

 The bill has been developed and refined  in collaboration with a large coalition of consumer and provider groups.

Your voice, as a nurse, direct care worker, and/or health care provider, is important for the Colorado Legislators to hear to inform their vote to support this bill that intends to provide consistent standards for work related violence in certain health care settings. 

Colorado Nurses Association is offering an option for those who fear speaking publicly or sharing written testimony requiring submission of personal identifying information, i.e. your name.

We have developed a brief survey for you to complete with your story and/or your key testimony points.  We are asking for an email address validating that you are submitting real and valid testimony which will be kept confidential.  

Please feel free to share this survey option  with friends and colleagues. 

You may also  testify in person or virtually, please follow the instructions here: Public Testimony Options

     The link above will walk you through the sign up process.

     You may choose to Testify in person, Submit written testimony.

      We have received confirmation that remote testimony will be allowed without having to share your screen/face and with initials only.

      You will want to confirm that the  Committee is (House Health and Human Services)  or Bill (HB24-1066) you want to provide testimony for.

     You will then confirm the Committee, Hearing Date (February 27, 2024),  and Hearing Item - HB24-1066.

 Please feel free to share this email with friends and colleagues.


Thank you for your advocacy!


Notice of Adoption - New Regulation 4-2-98 Concerning Coverage of the Respiratory Syncytial Virus Immunizations as a Preventive Service

February 12, 2024

The Division would like to provide notice that the Commissioner has adopted the following  regulation:

The purpose of this regulation is to require carriers to cover, without cost sharing, the cost of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) immunizations and administration.

This regulation will become effective on March 30, 2024.

Regulations that have been adopted, but are not yet effective can be found on the Division's website via the following link:

DOI Regulations Adopted but not yet Effective 


Congratulations to Aurora Medical Center Magnet Re-Designation

January 24, 2023

The Commission on the Magnet Recognition Program has voted to confer Magnet re-designation to The Medical Center of Aurora, Aurora, Colorado.
The Chief Nursing Officer of the organization is as follows:
John M. Roque, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
The Medical Center of Aurora
1501 South Potomac Street
Aurora, CO  80012

University of Kansas School of Nursing Dementia Communications Training 

January 17, 2024

The University of Kansas School of Nursing are seeking nursing homes nationwide to participate in a NIH-funded research study testing a new online version of the evidence-based Changing Talk (CHAT) communication training program. 

CHAT educates staff about reducing elderspeak (infantilizing communication) and results in reduced behavioral symptoms and need for psychotropic medication for residents with dementia. The new online version (Changing Talk: Online Training (CHATO)) consists of 3; one-hour interactive online modules that provide flexible and accessible access for staff. 

There is no cost, direct-care staff can earn 3 contact hours, and all staff get a Certificate of Completion. 

Benefits to you, your staff, and your residents include:

  • A person-centered approach.
  • Education about elderspeak and better communication strategies.
  • Reduction in resistiveness to care and other behavioral symptoms in residents with dementia.
  • Reduction in the need for psychotropic medication.
  • Convenient, online educational format for busy nursing homes.
  • Qualifies for CMS dementia care training hours requirements.
  • A free, nonpharmacological, evidence-based intervention is an excellent addition to a Quality Improvement Plan.

 Please see our website to learn more about CHATO and view our research and training resources.

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