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Northern Colorado Nurse Practitioner Coalition

NPATCH needs your comments by 2/6 !

Posted over 3 years ago by Tenley Roeder

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Thank you for your interest and participation in addressing the issue of APRN full practice authority. As many of you are aware, in 2014 the nurse and physician communities partnered with other health care stakeholders to request that the NPATCH examine the efficacy of current requirements for APRN's to attain full practice authority. For your reference, the final report is attached. The report documents the groups', process, analysis and final recommendations.

As the Executive Director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, I have formally accepted the NPATCH report and recommendations. These recommendations support a successful transition to practice and enable APRN's to perform to the full scope of their education, experience and training. APRN's are a vital component to the health care team and the state's workforce.

Now, that the NPATCH has provided recommendations to the health care community, the process will continue with the legislative branch to formalize statutory changes to the Nurse Practice Act. Next steps include stakeholder meetings to discuss recommended statutory revisions, followed by formal introduction of a bill. Attached is a discussion draft to solicit your comments on the proposed statutory changes. This document will serve as the conceptual frame work for the legislative bill language.

Two large group stakeholder meetings are anticipated to be scheduled over the next couple of weeks. You will be receiving more detail about stakeholder meetings soon. As the primary sponsor, Senator Crowder, will lead these stakeholder dialogues, which of course will also continue throughout the legislative process, in order to achieve common ground and the best outcome for the state.

Again, thank you for your interest and assistance in this very important effort. We appreciate your time and effort. If you have additional questions about this information please contact Ginny Brown, Legislative Liaison(303.241.0894 or ginnyL.brown@state.co.us or Michael Nicoletti, Legislative Liaison Assistant (303.847.6011 or michael.nicoletti@state.co.us).