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CNA Annual Conference & Membership Assembly Open For Registration

July 2, 2019

CNA's Annual Conference & Membership Assembly will take place on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, Sept. 20 & 21, 2019, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver – Stapleton North, 4040 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80216.

Register now!


Join us for these compelling educational sessions, along with an exhibit hall and job fair:

  • What Makes The Work Environment Healthy with Mary Jo Assi, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Press Ganey
  • Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing the Risks and Benefits with Theresa Mallick-Searle, MS, ANP-BC, Stanford University Medical Center
  • Human Trafficking: The Role of Frontline Staff with Sarah Moultrie, MSN RN CPNP-AC CPEN, Clinical Practice Specialist, Children’s Hospital
  • Story Catchers™: Creating Cultural Transformation Through Meaning and Purpose with Kathryn Hoffmann, MSW, LCSW, Chief Program Officer, Institute for Life @ Care
  • Update on Sunset of Colorado's Nurse Practice Act

Early bird rates are in affect until August 21:

  • CNA members pay $189
  • Non-members pay $239
  • Non-licensed Students pay $75

The Colorado Nurses Association Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 CNA Awards to be presented at the 2019 CNA Membership Assembly Reception, Friday, September 20, 2019. Click here for more information.

Visit the conference website for more information and to register!

Sponsors/exhibitors - click here for more information.



2019 Colorado Nurses Association Call for Award Nominations

June 24, 2019 

The Colorado Nurses Association (CNA) Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 CNA Awards to be presented at the 2019 CNA Membership Assembly Reception, Friday, September 20, 2019.  

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Margie Ball Cook Award for a CNA member who has advanced equal opportunities in nursing for members of minority groups.

Sara Jarrett Award for a CNA member who has contributed to nursing practice and health policy through political and legislative activity.

CNA Leadership Award for a CNA member who has served as a leader in CNA through service on the Board of Directors or on a committee or task force.

CNA Emerging Leader Award for a CNA member who has been a nurse for no more than ten years and who is emerging as a leader in CNA or a DNA.

Carol O’Meara Award for a CNA member who has made sustained contributions to CNA.

Nominations will also be accepted for the CNA Hall of Fame.The CNA Hall of Fame recognition was established in 2004 to honor CNA Members whose dedication and achievements have significantly affected the Colorado nursing profession.  Nominees for the CNA Hall of Fame may be living or deceased.  Criteria for the Hall of Fame are:

  1. The nominee must have demonstrated leadership that affected the health and/or social history of Colorado through sustained, lifelong contributions in or to nursing practice, education, administration, research, economics or literature.
  2. The achievements of the nominee must have enduring value to nursing beyond the nominee’s lifetime.
  3. The nominee must have been prepared in a formal nursing program.
  4. The nominee must have worked in or represented Colorado.
  5. The nominee must be or have been a CNA member.
  • To nominate an individual for any of these awards, send a statement to the CNA Awards Committee, which describes why your nominee should receive the award.  Include the name of your nominee as well as your name and contact information.To nominate an individual for any of these awards, send a statement to the CNA Awards Committee, which describes why your nominee should receive the award.  Include the name of your nominee as well as your name and contact information.

Please limit your statement to two double-spaced pages. 

Please email your statements of nomination to [email protected]

Deadline for receipt of nominations is August 31, 2019.

The Awards Committee may seek additional information regarding all nominations.

In addition to State level awards, each DNA/SIG is invited to designate a DNA/SIG Nurse of the Year. The DNA/SIG determines selection of the DNA/SIG Nurse of the year.  Nurses of the Year will be honored at the Awards Presentation at the CNA Membership Assembly Reception, Friday, September 20, 2019.

DNAs/SIGs  should submit the name of their  Nurse of the Year, along with a statement about why the nurse was selected, to the Awards Committee by August 31, 2019. 

Please email information about all nominees [email protected]

Contact: Carol O’Meara, Awards Committee Chair at 303-779-4963 or [email protected] any questions.


SIM Ends, But the Work Continues

June 17, 2019

The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) ends July 31 after four years of implementing an ambitious model to reform health care with the knowledge that groundwork has been laid for future success. SIM was intended to catalyze innovation across four pillars to expand patient access to integrated behavioral and physical health care and prepare providers for success with alternative payment models. It was an ambitious approach to SIM funding, and data shows that it is working as illustrated in stories below, through data published on the SIM website and in final evaluation reports, which will be available on the website in August along with the final SIM report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The SIM website will be available as an archive for at least one year, and stakeholders are encouraged to use resources as frequently as possible. The SIM office will continue working with the Governor’s Office of Saving People Money on Health Care, which recognizes integrated care as a key component to improving outcomes and reducing or avoiding unnecessary costs as noted below by Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera. Connections made by the SIM office paved the way for a more collaborative approach to health reform and we thank you for your support and participation in this work. You have been a lynchpin to SIM’s successes, and we hope that these newsletters have provided you with a bird’s eye view of how SIM funding has led to the creation of resources for providers from payment reform to certification for integrated settings, increased access to whole-person care for more than half a million people and the list goes on. We’d like to take this opportunity in this, our last SIM stakeholder newsletter, to thank you for your help, support and guidance. Please continue to champion this work and raise awareness of the value and need for integrated care in primary care settings. We see this as a new beginning and trust you to carry the torch! 
Deadline today: Participate in Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative
Apply before the end of the day today (June 14) to participate on the Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative led by the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI). The collaborative, established by House Bill 19-1233, will develop strategies for increased investments in primary care to deliver the right care in the right place at the right time, and to help develop affordability standards. DOI encourages representatives from these groups to apply:
  • Health care providers, including primary care providers
  • Health care consumers
  • Employers that purchase health insurance for employees and employers that offer self-insured health benefit plans
  • Health insurers, including those that contract with HCPF as managed care entities
  • Experts in health insurance actuarial analysis
Data show that racial/ethnic minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities often experience barriers in access to primary care in Colorado, which is one of the reasons DOI encourages members of these groups to participate. Read more online.

Defending Your License: Strategies for Nursing Professionals July 11, 2019

June 14, 2019

Earn CNE credit* by Attending NSO’s Complimentary Webinar


NSO strives to provide you with risk management information to help your members reduce liability exposure and increase patient safety. We encourage you to share the following webinar information with your members:

Can’t make it to the live webinar event? No problem! Register to receive an email notification when the archived recording is available.

When: Thursday, July 11, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time   

Click Here to Register


According to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), in 2017, there were more adverse actions taken against nursing licenses in the U.S. compared to malpractice claims. The presentation will focus on providing strategies for nursing professionals to defend their professional license. A general overview of the way nurses can become involved in the legal system will be expanded to discuss the disciplinary process, role of nursing boards and duties, responsibilities and rights of nurses in the process.


  • Understand the role and authority of State Boards of Nursing and regulatory agencies
  • Describe the license discipline process and potential outcomes
  • Discuss possible outcomes of the disciplinary process, along with strategies to proactively protect your license


  • Jennifer Flynn, CPHRM, Risk Manager, Nurses Service Organization (NSO)
  • Susan A. Wagener, BSN, JD, HeplerBroom, LLC



To register, click here.


In order to earn CE credit for this event: Participants must (1) register, (2) attend the entire live event on 7/11/19 at 2pm ET, and (3) complete the post event survey evaluation. Only those who meet these requirements will be issued a certificate of completion. It is the responsibility of the participant to make accommodations for time zone.


Registered nurses who are unable to attend the live event will have access to the archived recording and will be sent an email post event with a link to listen to the recorded presentation. CE credit is not available for the recorded event.


To view other risk management information, please visit For additional information, you may contact NSO at 1-800-247-1500.


*This activity is eligible for CNE credit; see final announcement for specific details.


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This activity for 1.0 contact hour is provided by Lippincott Professional Development and jointly provided by NSO.


Lippincott Professional Development (LPD) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


In 2017 LPD was earned ANCC Accreditation with Distinction and was named ANCC’s 2017 Premier Provider.This activity is also provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 11749 for 1.0 contact hours, District of Columbia, and Florida #50-1223. Your certificate is valid in all states.

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