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Please note that these statutes are provided in this format for your convenience only. You may always find the most current version of the Colorado Revised Statutes online via the Colorado Statute Manager.
This online version of these regulations is the most current version available. However, this is not the official version. For official publication of these and all State of Colorado regulations, please consult the Code of Colorado Regulations or contact Weil Publishing at: Weil Publishing Co., Inc., 150 Capitol Street, Augusta, Maine 04330. You may also contact them by phone at 1-800-877-WEIL or visit their website at weilpublishing.com.
Chapter 1 Rules and Regulations for the Licensure of Practical and Professional Nurses
Chapter 2 Rules and Regulations for Approval of Nursing Education Programs, Effective June 14, 2014
Chapter 5 Rules and Regulations for Licensure of Psychiatric Technicians
Chapter 10 Rules and Regulations for Certification as a Nurse Aide
Chapter 19 Rules and Regulations for Medication Aide Authority
Chapter 22 Rules and Regulations Regarding the Designation of Authorized Entities to Conduct Professional Review of Advanced Practice Nurses
Chapter 23 Rules and Regulations Regarding Reporting Requirements
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Policies of the Nursing Board are divided into six sections:
Section 10 - Licensing
Section 20 - Enforcement
Section 30 - Authorities/Scope of Practice
Section 40 - Administration
Section 50 - Multi-State Licensure (Nurse Compact)
Section 60 - Miscellaneous
10-01 Clarification of "graduate" and "program"
10-02 Exemptions for former nurse lay midwives returning to the practice of nursing
10-03 Continuing competency requirements for Practical and Professional Nurses
10-04 Minimum recommended documentation for applicants for licensure by examination following revocation or surrender of license due to substance abuse issues
10-05 English Competency Requirements for Licensure
10-06 Continuing Competency Requirements Psychiatric Technicians
10-07 (Formerly 60-01) Clarification of the four (4) month statutory certification exemption and the term “denied” as used in section 12-38.1-117(1)(d), C.R.S. pertaining to Certified Nurse Aides
10-08 Delegated authority related to licensing
10-09 Substantial Equivalence for CNA and MA training gained in Military Service
10-10 Substantial Equivalence for practical nursing education gained in Military Service
10-11 License/Employment Designations
20-01 Patient abandonment
20-25 Requirements for Evaluation Reports
20-26 Impairment While on Duty for RNs, LPNs, LPTs, and CNAs
30-01 IV Certification by Endorsement for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
30-10 Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids
40-01 Delegated authority to order a summary suspension, execute an interim cessation of practice agreement and/or to order a mental/physical examination
40-10 Designation of Complementary Rules and Regulations
40-11 Release of Complaint and Investigatory Information to Other Licensing Boards
40-12 Release of Investigatory Information to FGovernmental and Law Enforcement Agencies
40-13 Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) Practice Coverage Outside of Normal Office Hours
50-01 Licensees subject to conditions pursuant to a Board Order regarding the Nurse Licensure Compact
60-01 (Replaced with Policy 10-07)
The Board has developed the following statements for use in determining scope of practice. Individual situations should be reviewed against these statements for verification of scope of practice.
In Colorado, the practice of professional nursing (including those listed on the advanced practice registry) includes the performance of both independent nursing functions and delegated medical functions. The Board of Nursing (BON) considers RNs to be independent practitioners.
The Board of Nursing has been working to empower Colorado nurses to determine their own scope of practice. The Board's mission is the regulation of nursing practice in Colorado; this regulation does not mean dictating how individual nurses should carry out that practice, but whether or not the practice meets the standards established by the Nurse Practice Act. Using the following guidelines and the attached flow chart, a nurse may decide what is within scope, and to make certain the task or practice is documented in facility or institution policies and procedures.
If you can answer "yes" to all the above questions, the task is within your scope of practice and you do not need to seek a practice question decision from the Board. If you cannot answer "yes" to all of the above, proceed to option B.
The Nurse Practice Act defines the scope of practice of the licensed practical nurse (LPN) as that which is taught in schools of practical nursing in Colorado at this time. Therefore, all decisions regarding which tasks may be performed by a LPN are based on the present curriculum criteria. The LPN curriculum in Colorado is a 9 to 11 month course focusing on the care of patients with predictable outcomes. The curriculum emphasizes the maintenance of those patients and performance of nursing skills with a high degree of technical expertise. The practical nursing student is taught to identify normal from abnormal in each of the body systems and to identify changes in the patient's condition which are then reported to the RN or MD for further or "full" assessment. For further information regarding the specific tasks and skills taught in the LPN curriculum, you may wish to contact one of the many Colorado colleges offering an LPN program.
Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.
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