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Governor Polis Announces Healthcare Workers Recruitment and Re-Engagement Fund

November 30, 2022

Healthcare Workers Recruitment and Re-Engagement Fund

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) seeks applications for the Healthcare Workers Recruitment and Re-engagement Fund. This new program is part of the Polis Administration's plan Colorado's Roadmap to Moving Forward and was passed into law during the 2022 legislative session. The program will incentivize and assist employers in the recruitment of different licensed health care professionals to employment in long-term care facilities (LTCF), qualifying facilities with critical shortages and pediatric-serving hospitals.

In this program, organizations that successfully recruit a licensed professional who has left the health care industry and who will work 20 hours per week or more on average for a minimum of six months are eligible to receive a one-time payment of $20,000 per professional re-engaged. Organizations that may apply for funding must be licensed in Colorado.

 The three types of health care organizations that may apply for this program are organizations that: 

  1. Operate as a long-term care facility, meaning it is a nursing home, nursing facility, skilled nursing facility, intermediate care facility, or a health facility that is planned, organized, operated, and maintained to provide supportive, restorative, and preventative services to persons who, due to physical and/or mental disability, require continuous or regular inpatient care.
  2. Hold an official federal designation as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) may also apply.
  3. Hospitals that serve the pediatric population. 

For more information, see the Healthcare Workers Recruitment and Re-engagement Fund webpage.


Upcoming District & Special Interest Group Events:

Zoom Event with Nurse Attorney Irnise Williams

Wednesday, December 7th
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Data Privacy and the Key Elements of Compliance With Irnise Williams
(More information here...)


Safety Considerations for Minimizing Vaccination-Related Errors

NSO, Colorado Nurses Association preferred malpractice carrier, is hosting a webinar for Nursing Professionals December 14th at 3pm ET (1pm MST) to highlight Vaccination Errors and Prevention.  Plan now to attend.

Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET 

Click here to register! 

Webinar Overview:

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), immunizations prevent between 2 and 3 million deaths per year. Despite this success, many children and adults in the US remain vulnerable to the 17 vaccine-preventable diseases. Although vaccination ranks high among the greatest public health achievements of the twentieth century, the success of any individual vaccine relies on correct and widespread administration to the appropriate patient population. Vaccine errors threaten to undermine the protection immunizations provide and often leave patients inadequately protected against serious diseases such as hepatitis A and B, pertussis, diphtheria, cervical cancer, and many others. This program will review events submitted to the ISMP National Vaccine Errors Reporting Program (VERP) and will include a discussion of the risks associated with vaccine errors, including COVID-19. There will be a review of the common types of errors involving vaccines as well as a discussion of best practices for preventing errors as well as patient harm that may occur when errors involve vaccines.


  • Michael Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon), DPS (hon), FASHP, Founder and President Emeritus at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
  • Ronald Zentz, RPh, DDS, FAGD, CPHRM, Risk Control Consulting Director, CNA
  • Jennifer Flynn, CPHRM, Risk Manager, Healthcare Providers Service Organization (NSO)



State Board of Nursing Rulemaking December 9, 2022 : Rules and Regulations to Register Professional Nurses Qualified to Engage in Advanced Practice Registered Nursing

The Colorado Board of Nursing will hold a virtual Stakeholder Meeting on December 9, 2022, for stakeholders to provide feedback regarding proposed updates to Board Rules 1.14 and 1.15, to ensure the Board’s Rules are consistent with currently accepted professional standards. 


Meeting Information

  • Stakeholder Meeting: Friday December 9, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. (MDT)

Ways to Participate

  • Webinar Registration 
  • Written Comments (Link will be updated weekly as comments are received.)
  • Submit Written Comments: If you cannot attend the meeting virtually or wish to make written comments rather than speaking, you may email your written comments to dora[email protected]. Please submit your written comments by Wednesday, December 7, 2022.  


Meeting Format

Comments provided at the Stakeholder Meeting will be limited to the above referenced topics. All written comments will be provided to the Board before the Board considers adopting the proposed rules. If you have any questions or concerns about stakeholder input or the rulemaking process, please send them to dora[email protected]



Next CNA Statewide Members-Only Town Hall Meeting - Nov. 30

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 | 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This FREE members-only webinar meeting will feature:

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERTerry Chase, ND, MA, RN, will present, A Wholehearted Life: One Step at a Time”

Dr. Terry Chase will share her personal experience of a catastrophic spinal cord injury and her transformation resulting in personal and professional growth.  This interactive and engaging session offers an interesting and inspiring mix of personal challenge, positive psychology, grounded wisdom, and a call-to-action for healthcare providers. Dr. Chase skillfully integrates her personal lived experience with an eclectic balance of education and professional training. This session will offer practical exercises and skill building activities for attendees to live fully with resilience, grace, and grit. (See Dr. Chase's bio on this web page). 


Association Updates From:

  • Laura Rosenthal, CNA President
  • Membership Committee
  • GAPP Committee
  • Lobbying Team

Members will be provided with the Zoom information closer to the meeting.

If you are unable to attend this live meeting, it will be recorded and available to members on the CNA website.

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