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ANCC: A Call for Public Comment: Eligibility Changes for APRN Certification

July 28, 2023

The ANCC has been working on important updates in efforts to continue dialogue around our implementation of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education (APRN Consensus Model). We are sharing this information with you to bring awareness of the APRN eligibility requirement clarifications for Certification as well as request to public comment on future proposed changes. For questions, please reach out to [email protected].


Joint Stakeholder Meeting - August 4, 2023

July 25, 2023

The Colorado Medical Board, Board of Nursing, and Board of Pharmacy will hold a virtual Stakeholder Meeting on August 4, 2023, for stakeholders to provide feedback regarding the proposed changes to implement Colorado Senate Bill 23-190 (Concerning Policies to Make Punishable Deceptive Actions Regarding Pregnancy-Related Services). 



Past the Pandemic Support for Health Care Workforce

July 20, 2023

Past the Pandemic:
Individual Wellbeing, Connection and Support

This ECHO series offers providers and other staff working in health care and public health settings an opportunity to navigate, normalize and validate worries, stressors and experiences related to various health care environments. Participants will develop an awareness of the manifestations of stress along a continuum. With this framework, each session will provide helpful, tangible tools in a psychoeducational, didactic format to increase capacity, mitigate burnout, elevate connectedness and mindfulness, and promote self-efficacy and quality patient care.

The first two sessions are required, as they are foundational to the rest of the series and will introduce language and concepts that will be woven throughout the remaining sessions. Presence is encouraged at all sessions, as this is an interactive series offering a space to connect with other health care workers.  Video modules are posted and available to view at one’s own pace for sessions that are missed. Participants will have access to a Toolkit as well as ongoing weekly Resource Rooms led by a mental health professional to encourage and practice a common language, support and resources.

Health care and public health workforce in Colorado

Six weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Two upcoming series

Summer Series:
Wednesdays 9:00 - 10:00 AM MT
July 26 - August 30

Fall Series:
Thursdays 2:30 - 3:30 PM MT
August 24 - September 28

American Nurses Association Underscores Urgency for Safe Staffing Solutions, Including Minimum Nurse-to-Patient Ratios

July 13, 2023

Keziah Proctor, [email protected]

SILVER SPRING, MD  – Today, the American Nurses Association (ANA) underscores the urgency for Congressional leaders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other key stakeholders to advance efforts in the implementation of safe staffing standards, including minimum nurse-to-patient ratios.

The nurse staffing crisis continues to demand a national dialogue with nurse-led approaches to help ease longstanding work environment challenges that nurses are facing across numerous specialties and health care settings. ANA supports minimum nurse-to-patient ratios enacted by nurse-centered committees dependent upon key factors such as patient acuity, intensity of the unit practice setting, and nurses’ competency among other variables.

“ANA’s goal is to empower nurses and position them for success. Embracing setting specific ratios for nurses should be viewed as only one piece of a much larger solution. We’re still working to address other longstanding workforce challenges that have dramatically worsened the nurses staffing crisis such as burnout, workplace violence, mandatory overtime and barriers to full practice authority, said ANA President Jennifer Mensik Kennedy, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.

“Studies have shown unsafe staffing negatively affects patient care outcomes and the well-being of nurses. According to the American Nurses Foundation’s national workplace survey of nurses, 31% of nurses are required on a weekly basis to work beyond their scheduled shift to provide adequate care to patients. And the National Council of State Boards of Nursing says a quarter to half of nurses reported feeling emotionally drained (50.8%), used up (56.4%), fatigued (49.7%), burned out (45.1%), or at the end of the rope (29.4%) “a few times a week” or “every day.”

“We urge health care leaders and policymakers at all levels to effect the necessary change, but we must not underestimate the power of nurse advocacy. Direct care nurses have special relationships with their patients imparting unique insights on patient care and the dynamics of the practice setting. That is knowledge that can’t be matched. Nurses are the most trusted professionals in the U.S., especially among health care consumers, so we should both trust and empower them to be the decision makers on how to improve their work environment and deliver the best patient care,” said ANA Enterprise CEO, Loressa Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.

ANA’s call for staffing solutions that include ratios was voted on and approved at its 2022 Membership Assembly, the official voting and governing body of the association, which led to nearly 400 members of ANA convening on the U.S. Capitol to petition Congress to address the national nurse staffing crisis last month. ANA is not only advocating, but seeking solutions, launching the Nurse Staffing Think Tank in 2022 in partnership with other leading organizations which produced a series of actionable strategies that health care organizations could implement within 12 – 18 months. In May 2023, the Nurse Staffing Task Force identified another 65 proposed long term recommendations designed to spur innovation, policy and regulatory action, encourage new care models, and effectively support direct care nurses and nurse leaders.

ANA continues to advocate on behalf of nurses, remain a collaborative partner, and to call on Congress to enact meaningful legislation and policies that improve nurse staffing and their work environments. ANA provides nurses at all levels key resources to help inform advocacy as well as approaches to address the nurse staffing crisis.


See You Now: Advocacy to Activism

July 6, 2023

Are you ready to unleash your activist spirit and make a lasting difference? Join us as we bridge the gap from advocacy to activism. Embrace your power to create real change and be a catalyst for a brighter future. Together, we're amplifying voices, mobilizing communities, and driving impact. Listen to innovative nurses in this set of SEE YOU NOW podcasts to learn how. This podcast is FREE for ANA Members.

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