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CNA/CNF Emerging Leaders Fund: Developing our Future Nurse Leaders Together

Objective: To initially raise $25,000 to place in a tax deductible sustainable fund administrated by the Colorado Nurse Foundation with the intention of distributing funds annually to members of CNA identified as emerging leaders.

Procedure: Annually the CNA BOD will set a specific budget based on the available funds from the sustainable determined jointly by the CNA/CNF. Applications will be reviewed by CNA to determine distribution of funds to emerging leaders.

Process: In order to be considered as an emerging leader the following conditions apply. Candidates must:

  • Be a full member of both ANA and CNA in good standing (dues paid and no sanctions in process)
  • Have served a minimum of one year  in a leadership position on a committee, at the district level, or on the BOD with the Colorado Nurses Association or the Colorado Student Nurses Association
  • Recommendation(s) from other CNA leaders whom they have worked with and are identified as emerging leaders.
  • Provide an essay of 300 words or less explaining their goals for attending CNA/ANA leadership functions and their plan to use their experience to further support their CNA activities.
  • Present their leadership experience at the annual CNA Membership Assembly
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Legal Defense Fund

The Colorado Nurses Legal Defense Fund was started in 2008 when CNA was actively involved with the Sunset of the Nurse Practice Act and review. The fund is used to offset legal expenses incurred by CNA to further the profession of nursing in Colorado. The fund has been used to defend delegation by school nurses, keep the practice of nursing as an independent profession and remove the need for collaborative agreements for APRNs to practice and prescribe. Costs for legal consultation and representation at critical rule making sessions on legislation impacting nursing have also been paid for in part by the fund. 

The Legal Defense Fund has helped with costs for CNA to have an attorney in court when we collaborated with the Governor’s Office and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in their fight to practice independently in support of rural hospitals and patient care.

Nursing must continue to be at the table and in the courtroom to keep others from making decisions for us. Donations to the Colorado Nurses Legal Defense Fund can be sent to the Colorado Nurses Association. These donations will be used solely to support legal efforts on behalf of nurses.

For more information contact info@coloradonurses.org.

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