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Announcing the Well-Being Initiative: Virtual Tools to Support Nurses' Mental Health

June 8, 2020

Every day, you and your colleagues show up on the frontlines to care for others under unprecedented conditions. The American Nurses Foundation recognizes the extraordinary stresses you face. To help, we've partnered with the nation's leading nursing organizations to develop comprehensive, online resources to support your mental health and well-being


Virtual Support System

  • Nurses Together, peer-to-peer phone calls scheduled throughout the 24 hour day and offered 7 days a week to provide you with a safe space to openly share experiences and best practices with your colleagues. Learn more and register here.
  • The Happy app "warm line" offering round-the-clock access to a trained Support Giver. Learn how to access the app here.
  • Narrative Expressive Writing, process your experiences related to COVID-19 in writing with this five-week guided narrative writing program. You will be invited to respond anonymously to weekly prompts which will be reviewed and responded to by trained professionals. Capacity in this pilot initiative is limited, sign up to participate here. 

Digital Toolkit

The Moodfit app that enables you to set your own goals using best-practice methods such as mindfulness meditation, breathing exercises, lifestyle tracking (sleeping and nutrition) and set up custom reminders at times that are appropriate for you. Access the app and user code here. 

Join nurses around the country taking part in The Well-Being Initiative. Created in partnership with the American Nurses Association, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.


Urgent Stakeholder Meeting : Permanent Adoption of Emergency Rules SBON June 18, 2020

June 8, 2020

The State Board of Nursing will hold a VIRTUAL Stakeholder Meeting to receive feedback on whether or not the Board should permanently adopt the emergency rules that were established to effectuate the requirements of Executive Order D 2020 038, as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Proposed Rules

  •   A copy of the Notice, and the Emergency Rules considered for permanent adoption are available for download. Please, feel free to make edits to the rules and return to the email address provided below, with the specific changes you would like to see made to these rules or comments of support or nonsupport.

Meeting Information

  •   Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 2:00 P.M.  

Ways to Participate

  • Submit Comments: Oral comments will be taken from participants who are present via webinar. If you cannot make the meeting virtually or wish to make written comments rather than speaking, you may email your written comments to: [email protected] by Friday, June 12, 2020, to be included in the dialogue of this Stakeholder Meeting. 

Meeting Format

Stakeholder input will be limited to discussions regarding the emergency rules. All written and oral comments will be provided to the Board before any permanent rule revisions are considered. If you have any questions or concerns about stakeholder input, please send them to [email protected].  


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Governor Polis Updates COVID-19 June 2, 2020

Quick Links to Stay Up to Date

Topline Update

We currently have 26,788 cases, 1,474 total deaths (1,228 are deaths due to COVID), and 4,419 hospitalizations out of 190,700 completed tests. We are thinking of these families and communities during these trying times.

 In terms of new cases, 7 of the last 14 days have a downward trend in the 7-day moving average of newly reported cases. And in terms of hospitalizations, 12 of the last 14 days have a downward trend in the 7-day moving average of new hospitalizations.

This case data is broken down by various categories, is updated daily and can be found here.

Recent Protests Honoring George Floyd

Today, the Governor addressed the hurt and anguish so many community members and state and local officials have been feeling this past week. 

Like many of you, the Governor is outraged at the unjust murder of George Floyd. While we are all glad that the officer who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, even while he cried out “I can’t breathe,” was arrested and charged, the Governor said that all others involved must be held accountable, because no one should be above the law.  

The reality is that this is much larger than the need to hold one officer or a few officers accountable. It’s about a pattern of injustice and unfair treatment that Black Americans and communities of color have endured, not only in our criminal justice system, but in every aspect of American life. We need to listen to the voices of those who are crying out for reform, and we need to take action. 

The Governor has a message for all of you who have put their lives on hold to protest hundreds of years of injustice: 

“I see you, hear you, and grieve with you.” 

More importantly, at all levels, we want to work with you and keep focus on the task at hand.

It's unfortunate that the destruction of property committed by those who have turned to violence have distracted from the righteous messages of justice, equality, and reform. But property damage can be repaired, and it pales in comparison to the damage done to countless Black lives throughout American history -- a pattern that continues to this day. 

The responsibility to speak out cannot solely fall on the shoulders of Black Americans. The responsibility must be shouldered by us all -- White, Black, Brown, local, state and national leaders and our law enforcement community, many of whom have shared how angry they are by the actions of the Minneapolis officers. Not only because it was an unjust killing, but because it tarnishes our honest and hard working police officers and sets us back in our mission for reform. 

While these protests are ongoing, and rightfully so, the Governor reminds us that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic. We should remember and remind our loved ones to wear a mask, keep a minimum distance of six feet, and stay at home whenever possible. 

The strength of our spirit as Coloradans will embolden us to take care of one another, and create a better, more just society together. 

Thank you for raising your voice. 

Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors

As you know, Colorado has been in the Safer at Home phase since April 27. This week, the administration released new guidelines as part of Colorado’s Safer at Home -- and now, Safer in the Vast, Great Outdoors -- phase of our COVID-19 response. These new guidelines relax a number of additional restrictions on our economy and society. As the Governor has said before, we are going to have to find a safe and sustainable way to live with coronavirus until there is a vaccine or a cure.

While staying at home is the lowest risk activity, being outside and keeping your distance from others is a good alternative. Gathering with others outside carries a higher risk, while gathering indoors carries the highest possible risk because of a lack of ventilation.

We want to now encourage older Coloradans and those with underlying health conditions to recreate outside as an alternative from staying at home , while still keeping social distance and wearing a mask. Our state has some of the most beautiful natural open spaces in the world and we want Coloradans to enjoy our vast, great outdoors. While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined indoor spaces.

Furthermore, we are opening up playgrounds and swimming pools at limited capacity, which is welcome news for lots of Colorado kids and parents.

We have also released draft guidance on reopening houses of worship, certain forms of outdoor recreation and personal recreation, and updates to the child care and personal services guidances.

Americorps Contact Tracers

Today, the Governor announced that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will mobilize more than 800 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members to support the State of Colorado’s COVID-19 response through contact tracing and other associated work.
Contact tracing means following up with individuals who came into contact with an infected individual to ensure they get tested and quarantine themselves if necessary.

300 AmeriCorps NCCC members, based out of the Southwest Region Campus in Aurora, will start immediately.

350 VISTA Summer Associates will be hosted by the Community Resource Center in Denver and Conservation Legacy in Durango, both existing AmeriCorps VISTA projects, with 100-200 additional Senior Corps volunteers to join in Denver.

With hundreds of contact tracers working in the state, we will have a much better response to the virus and we will be able to address outbreaks more quickly, which will reduce infections and save lives.

Organizations are currently recruiting for the new positions announced today, the first of which begin on June 22. Those who serve as VISTA Summer Associates will earn a stipend and an education award at the end of their service.

For more information on requirements and details on how to apply visit


Vanderbilt University & University of Tennessee National APRN & Pandemic Survey

June 2, 2020

A national survey which will identify state specific data and be shared at the conclusion. 

Prepared by: a team of nurse researchers from Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, and the University of Tennessee are conducting a national APRN practice and pandemic study.   

Purposes of the survey are to:

1) determine the impact of practice barriers and restrictions on providing patient care and on  APRN practice, and

2) understand the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on patient care and on APRN practice.  

Accessed at

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