Colorado nurses should see no interruption in their licensing and Colorado patients should feel no interruption of care as a result of the passage of SB18-027. The law enters Colorado into an updated, 25-state compact in which member states recognize a common set of licensing criteria. This means that Colorado’s nearly 90,000 nurses can respond quickly to work across state lines without worrying about licensing requirements. The agreement also reduces friction for nurses coming into the state that are helping to address the current nursing shortage in Colorado.
I am a proud sponsor of this bill, and I’d like to thank the nurses, community members, and stakeholders that made its passage a reality. A week is an extremely short amount of time to get a bill passed through the General Assembly and signed into law, but it’s possible when we work together and communicate. I have high hopes for the rest of the session, and I look forward to doing good work for the people of HD29.