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We would like to inform you about an  important upcoming educational event for the Front Range medical community in Colorado: 

Medical Symposium on Potential Health Impacts of Oil & Gas Production in Colorado

Open full invite here

The symposium will be held at Colorado State University on Friday, February 1st, 8:30am - 5:00pm.  Sandra Steingraber, a physician from New York, will present the keynote address and 12 other speakers will address potential health impacts on: neonatal development, development of leukemia in children and adults and other cancers, respiratory illnesses, neurological disorders, endocrine system disruption, and gastrointestinal ailments.  

The symposium is open to medical professionals only and limited to 300 participants. Nursing CEU’s pending.

The registration fee single entry is $50 includes morning break, lunch, and networking happy hour. Table -$500 includes preferred sitting, 6 tickets, table signage and more

To register, please click here or open the link on the attached invitation.  If you would like to share this information with other medical colleagues, please feel free to forward this email, particularly to the following specialists:

  • Endocrinologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Hematologists
  • Obstetricians
  • Neurologists
  • Pediatricians
  • Oncologists
  • Ear-Nose-Throat
  • Gynecologists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • D.O. 
  • Osteopaths

For further information, please send inquiries to HealthImpactsSymp[email protected]

 The registration fee single entry is $50 includes morning break, lunch, and networking happy hour. Table -$500 includes preferred sitting, 6 tickets, table signage and more.

This Symposium will present important information about potential health effects of oil and gas development in our state. CEU's pending for this event.


January 23, 2019 Nurse Practice Act Chapter 1 and Chapter 20 Rulemaking 

December 17, 2018

Department:    Department of Regulatory Agencies
Rulemaking Agency:    Professions and Occupations
Proposed Rule Changes  
Rule Type:    Amended Rules

Short Description:    Rule Making
CCR Number:    3 CCR 716-1
Statutory Authority:    Chapter 1: Sections 12-38-108(1)(b),(c) and (j); 12-38-110; 12-38-111; 12-38-112; 12-38-112.5; and
Website for Current Agency Rules:     
Subject Matter/Purpose:    To open Chapters 1 and 20 of its rules in order to implement changes required by passage of SB 18-027. Stakeholder input is crucial to achieving the Department's mission of consumer protection and effective licensure and enforcement, without unnecessary impediment to the economic market.
Colorado Register Publish Date:    12/25/2018
Text of Proposed Changes:    CH1 and CH20 redline.pdf (391K, Adobe Acrobat)
Submitted for Review:    12/14/2018
Rulemaking Hearing   
Hearing Date:    Wednesday, January 23, 2019 09:00 am
Hearing Covers:    Multiple Rules
Hearing Location:    DORA 1560 Broadway
    1900 Conference room
    Denver, CO 80202
Hearing Notes:    To implement changes required by passage of SB 18-027
Contact Information  
Public Contact Name:    Sam Delp
Title:    Senior Program Director
Email:    [email protected]
Phone:    303-894-7727
Subject Information  
Related Subject Area(s):   Professions and Occupations 
Deadline for Public Cost-Benefit Analysis Request:    Sunday, December 30th, 2018
    Click here to request a cost-benefit analysis for a new or amended rule


ANA Responds to the Administrations Report on Reforming America's Healthcare System 

December 4, 2018 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with the Departments of the Treasury and Labor, the Federal Trade Commission, and several offices within the White House, has released a report titled Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition. The report is recommendations to improve the health care workforce and labor markets, health care provider markets, health care insurance markets and consumer-driven health care.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is pleased that the report recommends broader scope-of-practice (SOP) statutes for all health care providers, including advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), that allow them to practice to the top of their license and full skill set. ANA is gratified that the report advises eliminating rigid “collaborative practice” and supervision requirements which can impede consumer’s access to care and limit the ability of providers to diagnose and treat a myriad of health care conditions. Removing these barriers to optimal practice is essential for underserved populations and in rural areas where patients rely on APRNs for timely care and lifesaving treatment.

The research is vast and the evidence is clear – nurses consistently deliver high quality care with positive patient outcomes. The Institute of Medicine (now the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) in its 2010 report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” clearly stated that APRNs “should be allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training.” APRNs practice advanced nursing, not medicine, in which they regularly consult, collaborate and refer as necessary to ensure that the patient receives appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

While some states have granted full practice authority to APRNs, there is still significant room for improvement. ANA will continue to advocate strategies, legislation and regulations, such as the 2016 Department of Veterans Affairs Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Rule, that support APRNs and their proven ability to care for patients. ANA supports the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education that was agreed to in 2008.  The four roles included within the APRN Consensus Model are Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNAs), and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).


Join The CNA Conference Planning Committee!

The Colorado Nurses Association (CNA) is looking for volunteers to join the 2019 Conference Planning Committee.  This is your opportunity to get involved with CNA!

We are looking for volunteers to help develop the program, engage more members and ensure we are offering continuing education that the CNA membership wants and needs. The 2019 theme is: Planning For The Future of Nursing.

We are hoping to have a workforce track, topics of leading science and clinical practice, and more, but we need your help. In addition to the CNA Annual Conference, the CNA Continuing Nursing Education Advisory Council will be offering a track on Getting a Return on Investment in Continuing Nursing Education and Professional Development.

The CNA Conference Planning Committee will be holding an interest meeting on Monday, January 14 at 11:30AM for those of you interest in knowing more. Join in person or by phone to learn more about the committee and the role. The committee will meet once a month starting in February 2019; in-person and call-in options will be available.

In January, you will learn more about the time commitment and needs of the committee but are not obligated to continue if it doesn’t sound like a good fit.

Please RSVP to [email protected] by January 9. We hope you will join us to learn more and get involved with CNA!


Updates to Sunset Review Process December 4, 2018

 The Colorado Professional Nursing Association Coalition is a group of 30 plus representatives of Colorado based Professional Nursing Associations who have come together to align the priorities for proposed statutory language for the Colorado Nurse Practice Act.  The group has been meeting monthly since July 2018.

Colorado Nurses Association (CNA) President Donna Strickland is serving as facilitator of the Coalition group and Colleen Casper; Executive Director of CNA is serving as staff support to the process.  CNA Government Affairs & Public Policy is also involved in a simultaneous process of identifying priorities for statutory language of the Colorado Nurse Practice Act.  There is significant overlap between the two groups in terms of individuals who are members of both groups.

 There are currently 5 Work Groups consisting of close to 200 RN volunteers from the nursing community at large to assist in the statutory language review.  The Work Groups are also researching best practices and/or evidence to suggest changes to the Colorado Nurse Practice Act.  The 5 Work Groups are:
1)    APRN Sunset Review Work Group;

2)    Delegation Sunset Review Work Group;

3)    Education Related Sunset Review Work Group;

4)    LPN Scope of Practice Sunset Review Work Group; and,

5)    Peer Health Assistance Services Sunset Review Work Group.

Each Work Group has presented to the Coalition their priority recommendations for the Colorado Nurse Practice Act Sunset Review, in collaboration with the CNA GAPP Committee. Both groups next step is to finalize recommendations and action steps. Once finalized, talking points will be developed and distributed broadly to the Colorado Nursing Community as well as to all broader stakeholder groups who have interest in the practice of nursing in Colorado.  We anticipate a February 2019 deadline for finalization of priorities and recommendations to be presented to the Colorado Office of Policy Research and Regulatory Reform (COPRRR).

COPRRR conducts the audit of the State Board of Nursing and the Nurse Practice Act on behalf of the Department of Regulatory Affairs and reports their results to the Colorado Legislature.

COPRRR closes stakeholder input in May of 2019. Our intention is to share the aligned priorities from the Coalition, Work Groups and CNA GAPP Committee in written detail to COPRRR.  COPRRR will compile their findings and provide recommendations to Legislators in October of 2019.   The 2020 Legislature will act on the recommendations of COPRRR.  CNA and the Coalition will work closely with the 2020 Legislature in any legislative effort to change the Colorado Nurse Practice Act.

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