Governor Hickenlooper Signs Rep. Lee’s Bill Helping Advanced Practice Nurses
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2012
(Denver) – A bill sponsored by Rep. Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs) helping advanced practice nurses was signed into law today by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
A 2009 law licensed a new class of advanced practice nurses with authority to write prescriptions, and grandfathered in veteran APNs who had been practicing for many years. The experienced APNs were directed to file an “articulated plan” for safely issuing prescriptions by July 1, 2011.
More than 300 APNs, one in eight of the 2,400 APNs in the state, missed the filing deadline and lost their prescriptive authority. Some of the nurses complained that the state Department of Regulatory Agencies mishandled their applications.
Rep. Lee’s bill, HB12-1065, allows the state board of nursing, on a case-by-case basis, to extend the APN filing deadline to Sept. 30 of this year so the experienced APNs can regain their authority to write prescriptions.
“APNs play an important role in our health care system, especially in rural areas where there’s a shortage of M.D.s,” Rep. Lee said. “When qualified and experienced nurses can return to the delivery of health care services, we all win.”