Colorado hospitals will be able to hire nurses from other states more quickly under a bill that has gained preliminary approval.
The bill directs the governor to enter into a multistate nurse licensure compact. Nineteen states, including Utah, Idaho and Nebraska, already participate in the compact. A licensed nurse residing in a state that participates in the compact can work in another compact state without getting another license or paying additional fees. A database shared by the compact states tracks licensing information and disciplinary actions.
The state Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed the bill last week. Next, the Senate Appropriations Committee will consider it.