Board of Nursing: News


​Sunset Review Begins - Psychiatric Technician

The Colorado Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform (COPRRR) is conducting a sunset review of the Psychiatric Technician program. Analysis in a sunset review is performed to determine whether the regulatory program is necessary and should be continued, modified or eliminated. This review will produce a report with recommendations to the Colorado General Assembly and result in subsequent legislation based on the recommendations in the report.

Your input is an important component of a successful sunset review. If you would like to submit comments online, please submit the COPRRR online comment form


Opioid Policy Stakeholder Meeting - Nov. 14

The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) in the Department of Regulatory Agencies will host a stakeholder meeting on November 14 in Denver to discuss potential updates to the Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids (Policy).

The Colorado healthcare licensing boards are seeking public input to understand the needs of Coloradans and the impact of the current Policy on Colorado communities. Input received will inform the Boards’ decision-making as they begin to revise the Policy, which serves the dual purpose of treating the individual patient and improving public health.

DPO invites anyone to attend this meeting to offer feedback and ideas regarding the Policy.

This forum follows four previous Community Meetings held in Pueblo, Greeley and Denver over the past year.

Meeting Information

Three Ways to Participate

  1. In Person: Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway, Conference Room 110D, Denver, CO 80202.
  2. By Webinar: Register at the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5430739004356066819.
  3. By Written Comment: Provide written comments in advance or after the meeting to Holli Weaver at holli.weaver@state.co.us.

Meeting Format

Stakeholder input will be limited to discussion of the Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids. Oral comments will be taken from participants who are present in-person or participating via webinar. If you cannot make the meeting in person or wish to make written rather than oral comments, or if you have any questions or concerns about stakeholder input, please email holli.weaver@state.co.us.


Oct. 27 Opioid Policy Stakeholder Recording

The Division of Professions and Occupations hosted a stakeholder meeting on October 27 in Denver to discuss potential updates to the Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids (Policy).

This forum follows four previous Community Meetings held in Pueblo, Greeley and Denver over the past year.


Stakeholder Meeting - Oct. 19

The State Board of Nursing will hold a stakeholder meeting to collect input on proposed changes to Chapter 2 of the Board Rules regarding the process and requirements for nursing education programs.

Stakeholder input is crucial to achieving the Department’s missions of consumer protection and effective licensure and enforcement, without unnecessary impediment to the economic market. Please make yourselves heard by joining us at the upcoming stakeholder meeting.

Draft Rules

Meeting Information

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1 p.m. (MDT)

Three Ways to Participate

  1. In Person: Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway, Conference Room 1250A, Denver, CO 80202.
  2. By Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7069196047075188737.
  3. By Written Comment: Please provide written comments in advance or after the meeting. The deadline for receiving comments is 5 p.m., Friday, October 20, 2017. Please email  comments to dora_nursingboard@state.co.us.

Meeting Format

Stakeholder input will be limited to discussion of Chapter 2. Attendees may provide comments, concerns, and proposals to the program in writing in advance, in person at the meeting, or following the meeting. Participants will be able to discuss topics brought forward during the meeting. Program staff will moderate the discussion to ensure there is an equal opportunity for all stakeholders to actively participate,and to ensure comments and suggested changes are collected for Board consideration and future rulemaking.

Note: This meeting is not a formal rulemaking hearing.


Important Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Notice

As of January 19, 2018, the 21 states in the original Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) that enacted the new Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) will cease to be members of the original NLC.

This means that beginning January 19, 2018, a nurse with a license from Wisconsin, Colorado, New Mexico, and Rhode Island will hold a multistate license valid in only those four states rather than the original 25 states. These nurses will need to obtain additional licensure in order to practice in any of the new eNLC states. Conversely, it also means that nurses in the new eNLC states will no longer have the authority to practice in Colorado and will need to obtain a Colorado single-state license in order to continue practicing in Colorado after January 19, 2018.

As a Colorado practicing nurse, it is very important you understand how this change will impact where you are able to practice. Nurses practicing in Colorado fall into one of the following four scenarios and should act accordingly:

  1. Nurses practicing exclusively in Colorado with a Colorado-issued nursing license are not impacted by the change and no action is needed.
  2. Nurses who will maintain a multistate compact license from a state that is leaving the current NLC, and plan to practice in Colorado after January 19, 2018, will need to obtain a Colorado single-state license.
  3. Nurses who have a Colorado-issued multistate license will no longer be able to use their Colorado license to practice in any state that is leaving the current NLC. Please remember that you must have a license to practice in the state where your patient is located for telehealth practice.
  4. Advanced Practice Nurses in Colorado using a Registered Nurse license issued by a state that is leaving the the current NLC will need to obtain a Colorado single state license. All Colorado issued “C-Type” APRN authorities with an RN license from a state that is leaving the current NLC will be expired after January 19, 2018.  

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document related to the changes to the nurse compact. If you have questions not addressed in this notice or the Frequently Asked Questions, please contact the Colorado Board of Nursing at dora_nursingboard@state.co.us.

The Colorado Board of Nursing does not regulate employers. If your employer has questions about the new Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) they can visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website at www.ncsbn.org/nlc, or contact the National Council of State Boards of Nursing at info@ncsbn.org or 312-525-3600.


Important PDMP Updates

As we work together to tackle prescription drug misuse, abuse and diversion, we see PDMP utilization rates continue to increase as the database continues to serve as an important tool for meeting the standard of care for safe prescribing.

New Website

We are pleased to announce a new and improved PDMP website: colorado.gov/dora-pdmp. We listened to your challenges and ideas and hope you’ll find the new website easier to navigate and more relevant to your needs. You will be able to link to your PDMP account and access other information directly from the homepage. We also selected a new vendor, APPRISS, and will be utilizing the PMP AWARxE system. The database interface will look different and make PDMP queries easier and quicker. We encourage your continued feedback for ongoing improvement efforts.

New State Law Improves Access to PDMP

To make the PDMP more accessible and easier for health professionals to incorporate into daily use, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation in 2017. On April 6, 2017, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17-146 Access To Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which clarifies health professionals' access to the PDMP database by:

  • Allowing a health care provider with prescribing authority to query the PDMP about a current patient, including checking on drug interactions and side effects, thus making the PDMP an even more useful tool for health professionals in their clinical decision-making for patients;
  • Allowing a veterinarian with prescribing authority to query the PDMP about a current client if the veterinarian has a reasonable basis to suspect the client has committed drug abuse or has mistreated an animal; and
  • Allowing a pharmacist to query the PDMP about a current patient for whom the pharmacist is dispensing any prescription drug, rather than only patients receiving controlled substances.

The law became effective immediately, and the Division is working with the appropriate Boards to implement the new law including rulemaking, outreach and education. If you have questions about the Colorado PDMP, please contact Division staff at 303-894-5957 or pdmpinqr@state.co.us. If you need technical assistance with the PMP AWARxE system, please contact the vendor help desk at 1-855-263-6403.


Opioid Policy Stakeholder Meeting Recording - August 30

The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) in the Department of Regulatory Agencies hosted a stakeholder meeting on August 30, 2017 in Denver to discuss potential updates to the Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids (Policy).

The Colorado healthcare licensing boards continue to seek public input to understand the needs of Coloradans and the impact of the current Policy on Colorado communities. Input received at the August meeting will inform the Boards’ decision making as they begin to revise the Policy, which serves the dual purpose of treating the individual patient and improving public health. Attendees, both on-site and via webinar, shared their opinions on how revisions to the Policy will affect consumer outcomes, positively or negatively. Attendees' opinions and recommendations will help shape any final revisions of the Policy.

DPO welcomes anyone's feedback and ideas regarding the Policy. This forum followed three previous Community Meetings held in Pueblo, Greeley and Denver over the past year.

If you would like to provide comments on the Policy, please send them to holli.weaver@state.co.us. All comments will be incorporated into the official record when the Boards adopt any final revisions to the Policy. Staff will identify your comments as information received in anticipation of the development of a revised Policy.

An additional Stakeholder Meeting is planned for late September, but a date and time have not been set. Please watch this website to get the most updated information on this important topic. Questions can be sent to holli.weaver@state.co.us.


Stakeholder Meeting - June 22

The State Board of Nursing will hold a stakeholder meeting on Thursday, June 22, 2017 to summarize and take comments on proposed changes to current Rule Chapters 5, 6, 14 and 15. The proposed changes to chapters 5 and 6 are technical updates to accommodate the newly implemented electronic testing method that begins in July 2017. Proposed changes to chapters 14 and 15 clarify requirements for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Prescriptive Authority applicants with experience working in other states.

Meeting Information

Three Ways to Participate

  1. In Person: Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway, Conference Room 1250C, Denver, CO 80202.
  2. By Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8278921618492891651.
  3. By Written Comment: Please provide written comments for consideration via email to dora_nursingboard@state.co.us by 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017 to include them in the official record.

Meeting Format

Stakeholder input will be limited to discussion of Rules 5, 6, 14, and 15 and their impact. Oral comments will be taken from participants who are present in person or participating via webinar.

Note: This meeting is not a formal rulemaking hearing.


New Articulated Plan Toolkit & Templates


Free Access to PainNET System for Colorado Providers

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) has worked with the vendor of its Project ECHO Pain Management Program, Community Health Center, to expand access to the program website known as PainNET.

The PainNet website is an online learning community that aims to improve pain care expertise among primary care providers. The website is also now available to other Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) primary care medical providers (PCMPs) for free.

The PainNET learning community enables PCMPs to develop expertise to treat patients with complex chronic pain through a combination of archived Project ECHO Pain case presentations, resource libraries, community forums and expert consultations. Providers and specialists are able to communicate through discussion boards, chat rooms and direct messaging.

This is a great resource for Colorado providers to access resources that can increase their knowledge on how to manage chronic pain more effectively.

Learn More About PainNET


Delegated Access Training Video

Please check back soon for a new training video on how to create and activate a delegate account on the PDMP.


Opioid Prescribing Policy

Effective July 24, 2014: The Board adopted a policy for the prescribing and dispensing of opioids, part of a collaborative effort with the Quad-Regulator Boards as one part of a statewide solution to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse. The Quad-Regulator Boards include the Colorado Medical Board, the Colorado State Board of Nursing, the Colorado Board of Pharmacy, and the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners, facilitated by the Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH). Other boards that license prescribers of controlled substances also adopted the policy, including the State Board of Optometry and the Colorado Podiatry Board, while the State Board of Veterinary Medicine endorsed the policy.

The development of a joint policy by multiple regulatory boards is a first. For that reason, the policy was drafted through an open process that allowed for full consideration of stakeholder views through multiple public meetings held from February to July 2014. 

View the Opioid Policy unanimously adopted by the Quad-Regulators and other boards: