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Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH)

Consumer Protection is our Mission.

The Nurse Physician Advisory Taskforce for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH) is a healthcare policy taskforce.  NPATCH improves healthcare in Colorado by facilitating communication between the practices of nursing and medicine, and addressing areas of mutual concern.   The taskforce is made up of 12 members, comprised of five physicians, five nurses and two consumer representatives.  One physician is a representative from the Colorado Medical Board, and one nurse is a representative from the Board of Nursing.

Articulated Plan Template

The Nurse-Physician Advisory Taskforce for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH) has created a template to help Advance Practice Nurses create an articulated plan for safe prescribing.

Click here for the template and examples

Click here to print blank form

Safe Prescribing Resources

Organizations and articles to help health care professionals prescribe medications safely. Click here for more information.

Guidelines and Tools for Improving Pain Management

Preceptorship and Mentorship Agreement Templates

NPATCH has created templates that may be useful for Advance Practice Nurses and physicians/RXNs creating mentorship and preceptorship agreements.

Click here for Preceptorship Template

Click here for Mentorship Template

Information for APNs with Prescriptive Authority

The Board of Nursing has general information here and Frequently Asked Questions here.

The Board of Medicine has a Summary of changes here.


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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We Changed Our Name!

The Division is now called the Division of Professions and Occupations, effective August 8, 2012. To help our consumers and licensees more readily locate and utilize our services, the legislature passed House Bill 12-1055 during the 2012 legislative session. Please note, the Division of Professions and Occupations will still be housed within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Services the Division currently offers will remain the same.


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