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Nursing Board Rulemaking Hearing Wednesday, September 20, 2023

August 17, 2023

The Department of Regulatory Agencies - Nursing and Nurse Aides will be holding a rulemaking hearing on Wednesday, September 20th, 2023, 9:00 am on rules regarding CHANGE LOCATION: New Rule 1.35. The hearing will be held at: Webinar Only - See Hearing Notes, Denver CO 80202.

The purpose of this rulemaking is: 

The purpose of the Rulemaking Hearing is to allow stakeholders a final opportunity to testify before the Board decides whether to adopt the proposed 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(Concerning Policies to Make Punishable Deceptive Actions regarding Pregnancy-Related Services).

If you believe there will be a significant negative impact on small business, job creation or economic competitiveness, you may request that the Department of Regulatory Agencies require the rulemaking agency to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of a proposed rule or amendment. This request must be made to the Department of Regulatory Agencies by Wednesday, August 30th, 2023.

You may also submit comments directly to the rulemaking agency for the agency's consideration during the upcoming rulemaking hearing.


American Nurses Association Applauds the Launch of the Pandemic Preparedness Office

August 11, 2023

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA), representing the nation’s more than 5 million registered nurses, applauds the Biden-Harris Administration for launching the Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy (OPPR) on July 22, 2023. According to a fact sheet issued by the White House, OPPR will be a permanent office in the Executive office of the President (EOP) that will lead actions to strengthen our nation’s preparedness for, and response to, known and unknown biological threats or pathogens that could lead to a pandemic.

“ANA supports this necessary action, which will help our nation course correct and show a recommitment to rebuilding our public health infrastructure and workforce,” said ANA Chief Nursing Officer Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN. “As the OPPR begins to plan and implement actions and policies, we urge them to include public health nurses in key discussions and decisions. Our nation’s public health nursing workforce is adept in quickly assuming diverse roles in direct clinical services, collaborating with community members across sectors, coordinating interdisciplinary care across health departments and community-based clinics, and providing expert leadership in a variety of public health arenas. During COVID-19, this nimble group of nurses established complex contact tracing efforts, provided timely education on prevention measures to slow the spread, and urged all adults and children to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Undoubtedly, we owe our public health nurses an enormous debt for their unwavering efforts that contributed to the end the COVID-19 pandemic. ANA looks forward to future opportunities to collaborate with the Biden-Harris Administration and Major General (ret) Paul Friedrichs on the efforts of the OPPR.”

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The Biden-Harris Administration Announces $100 Million to Grow the Nursing Workforce

August 11, 2023

Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced awards of more than $100 million to train more nurses and grow the nursing workforce. These investments will address the increasing demand for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and nurse faculty.

“Nurses are an essential part of our nation’s health care system,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Now more than ever, we need to double down on our investments in nurses who care for communities across the country.”

“Nurses are the frontline in delivering life-saving care and in keeping all of us healthy and well,” said HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson. “Today’s investments from the Health Resources and Services Administration demonstrate our ongoing commitment to supporting the nursing workforce, training and growing the next generation of nurses, creating career ladders for nurses, and recognizing the critical role nurses play in primary care, mental health care, and maternal health care”

The nursing workforce is essential to improving health outcomes and health care delivery across settings – including in hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities – as well as in community practice such as nurse-run clinics, provider offices, health centers, schools and home and community-based care.  HHS, and the entire Biden-Harris Administration, is committed to supporting nurses in this vital work and to building the workforce with initiatives like the resources announced today.  

Today’s awards focus on key priorities such as:

  • Helping Licensed Practical Nurses to become Registered Nurses:  $8.7 million for the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention-Pathway to Registered Nurse Program which trains licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses to become registered nurses.
  • Training Nurses Who Will Deliver Primary Care, Mental Health Care, and Maternal Health Care:
  • Addressing the Bottlenecks in Nurse Training by Supporting More Nurse Faculty:  $26.5 million through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program for award recipient schools to provide low-interest loans and loan cancellation to incentivize careers as nursing school faculty.

A list of all of today’s awards is available at:


Colorado Council of Black Nurses Celebrating 50th Anniversary

August 8, 2023

Colorado Council of Black Nurses (CCBN) is celebrating its 50th year of providing free health services and health education to underserved communities with a 3-day celebration and you’re invited!

August 18-20, 2023 at Colorado’s Health Capitol and the Warwick Hotel Denver. 

Witness 50 years of Nursing history as we induct 6 founding members as Life Members of the Colorado Council of Black Nurses Inc.

From tours to teas to mini workshops and fashion shows, we have something for all ages to learn and have fun.

 Please share the flyer with your network and on your website as you see fit.




 CCBN 50th Anniversary Celebration Registration for August 2023 – Colorado Council Black Nurses Inc. (



Due September 6: 2023 Call for Nominations for the ANCC Board of Directors Now Open

July 28, 2023

The 2023 Call for Nominations for the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) Board of Directors is open until 11:59 PM EST, Wednesday, September 6, 2023. This year’s Call is seeking four members for two-year terms, January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2025. C/SNA and IMD leaders are encouraged to promote the Call with their members. For more information about the ANCC Call for Nominations process, please refer to the 2023 Nomination Form for ANCC Appointed Positions. If you have any questions, feel free to contact [email protected].

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