The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies/Division of Registrations, which licenses nurses in Colorado, will reportedly accept and process applications from CRNAs without graduate degrees beginning July 1, 2010. CRNA applicants not currently licensed in the state must obtain a Colorado Registered Nurse licenses as well as inclusion in Colorado's Advance Practice Registry, according to the release. CRNAs that hold an active, unencumbered Compact Multi-state Registered Nurse license will also be eligible.
The AANA notes that the current applications on the DORA website have not been updated and still include the graduate degree requirement. They advise CRNAs to contact DORA directly at (303) 894-2430 to determine when updated forms will be posted on the DORA website or how to otherwise obtain the correct forms.
The Colorado Association of Nurse Anesthetists supported the law, which was enacted on April 29, 2010.
Read the AANA's release on the Colorado CRNA grandfather law.
Colorado Reopens Grandfathering of Practicing CRNAs Without Graduate DegreesWritten by Staff | May 04, 2010
Colorado has enacted legislation that will reopen the grandfathering period for CRNAs without graduate degrees if an applicant has been "recognized as an advanced practice nurse in another state or jurisdiction and has practiced as an advanced practice nurse for at least two of the last five years immediately preceding the date of application for inclusion in the advanced practice registry," according to news release from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
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