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10 • Colorado Nurse | May 2018 Legislative Connection Dinner 2018 The Official Publication of the Colorado Nurses Foundation in partnership with the Colorado Nurses Association Rebecca Sposato MS, RN DNA 16 Member Bipartisan cooperation was a common theme at the 18th Annual Legislative Connection Dinner held January 30th at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center. Every year the event brings together the State’s lawmakers and nurses from multiple specialties, student nurses to discuss the health issues affecting the people of Colorado. The evening had the highest attendance ever with 56 nurses, 96 students and 18 legislators for a total of 170 guests. The event was organized by DNA #16 with C.J. Cullinan serving as mistress of ceremonies, with DNA 23, SIG 23, SIG 30, SIG 31, Colorado Center of Nursing Excellence, Colorado Association of Nurse Anesthetist, Front Range of Association of Neonatal Nurses as sponsors. Bipartisan cooperation was already evident in the remarkable accomplishment of the near unanimous passing SB18-027: Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact within eight days of its first reading at the opening of 71st General Assembly. Sponsoring Senator Jim Smallwood describes it as a win-win for nurses and patients by improving the application for multistate nurse licensure candidates. Gil Romero, from Capitol Success Group and lobbyist for CNA, introduced each legislator and inquired about upcoming sponsored bills. Several lawmakers shared the goals of transparent billing and increasing the number of healthcare professionals in rural counties. Senator Irene Aguilar wants to establish channels for nurses to report unsafe patient care situations. Many legislators expressed respect for nurses’ dedication and essential role in Colorado’s future. Next several nurse leaders informed the audience about upcoming legislative bills supported by CNA. Patricia Abbott and Angela Petkoff who chair the Government Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) committee are closely following HB18-1086: Community College Bachelor Science Degree in Nursing and HB18-1114: Licensure of Genetic Counseling and several bills addressing opioid addiction and treatment. Another benefit of the legislative dinner is connecting with student nurses and giving them an early start in advocating for the profession. For many students, the Legislative Dinner is their first encounter with CNA. Lysa Mikes from Front Range Community College responded that she was “excited to bring change to the healthcare industry and make safer working environments for nurses who endure injuries and assaults.” District 16 thanks everyone who made the event a success, and is grateful to the staff of Scottish Rite Masonic Center, and also to First Baptist Church for extending use of their parking lot. And also thank all the following legislators for their attendance. Senator Irene Aguilar: District 32 Senator Larry Crowder: District 35 Senator John Kefalas: District 14 Senator Tim Neville: District 16 Senator Smallwood: District 4 Senator Jack Tate: District 27 Senator Nancy Todd: District 28 Senator Rachel Zenzinger: District 19 Representative Susan Beckman: District 38 Representative Jeff Bridges: District 3 Representative Janet Buckner: District 40 Representative Daneya Esgar: District 46 Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp: District 29 Representative Susan Lontine: District 1 Representative Barbara McLachlan: District 59 Representative Paul Rosenthal: District 9 Representative Cole Wist: District 37 Senator Aguilar & Student Attendee Representative Todd, Mr. Todd & CNA Member CJ Cullinan Representative Colleen C GAPP Co-Cha Petkoff & Patr CNA LEG We have the following RN openings: RN Circulator: Surgery Department RN Day Surgery: Surgery Department RN Triage/Chronic Disease: Primary Care RN: Long Term Care (Part Time) Plus many PRN openings I LOVE WHAT I DO BAYADA gives you the tools, training, and opportunity to live up to your - and our - values of compassion, excellence, and reliability. Opportunities now available for nurse leaders, staff nurses, therapists, and home health aides. Find out more about how you can follow your heart and give your life to something bigger than yourself. Contact Elizabeth Acuna at or 720-391-0673. WE LOVE WHAT WE DO

The Official Publication of the Colorado Nurses Foundation in partnership with the Colorado Nurses Association May 2018 | Colorado Nurse • 11 Buckner & asper Representative Smallwood & CNA Member Karren Kowalski Representative Beckman Representative Lee Representative McLachlan Representative Esgar irs Angela icia Abbott Representative Bridges & CNA Member Carol Goldstein Representative Wist & CNA Member Judith Burke Representative Zenzinger & Kathy Crisler SIG 30 Members ISLATIVE EFFORTS 2018 Continuing Education Opportunities • Bone Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse (BMTCN®) Review Class (Metro Denver)-May 22nd – 23rd • Stroke Symposium (Northern Colorado)- May 23rd – May 24th • Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum-1 Day Provider Renewal (Metro Denver)- June 1st • Quality in Cancer Care (Northern Colorado)- June 16th • Advanced Burn Life Support© (Metro Denver)- June 19th • Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum (Metro Denver)- July 19th – 20th • ELNEC (Northern Colorado)- September 12th – 13th • Advanced Practice: Leading Healthcare into the Future (Metro Denver)- September 28th For more details or additional courses, please go to: (Click on Classes & Events Tab) YOUR CAREER MATTERS. Now Hiring Nurse Instructors in Denver! Full-time and part-time opportunities available! For over 30 years, Concorde Career Colleges has prepared thousands of people for rewarding careers in the healthcare industry. Our goal is to prepare students for the most in-demand jobs in healthcare. Nursing instructors will be responsible for delivering academic instruction for clinical and/or theory components of the Practical Nursing or Associate’s Degree in Nursing Program. Qualifications we’re looking for include: Current Colorado RN license or willing to obtain, MSN, 4 years of recent clinical experience, self-starter, excellent communication skills, sense of urgency and results oriented To learn more and apply, email resumes to or visit Be part of life changing work. Join Concorde. EOE/M/F/D/V

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