Legislation to re-authorize the Colorado Nurse Practice Act and update some advanced practice nursing requirements is progressing in the Colorado House of Representatives. Here is what is important to know at this time:
Colorado, like many other states, periodically reviews and updates the law for professions that require licensing. 2020 is the scheduled year for a review of the Colorado Nurse Practice Act.
As introduced by Rep. Kyle Mullica, H.B. 1216 would have made technical changes to the existing nurse practice act, including updating references to advanced practice registered nursing and modernizing some language for malpractice insurance reporting and standardize other requirements.
The Colorado House Health and Insurance Committee heard and amended the bill on February 11, 2020. In addition to technical changes, the bill amendments would additionally clarify APRN authority to delegate nursing orders to other healthcare providers and substantially reduce unnecessary and outdated documentation requirements for APRN licensure and practice.
AANP will continue to update our Colorado members as this bill makes its way through the legislative process. You can track the status of this and other bills AANP is monitoring on the AANP State Policy Tracker.