Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed an executive order establishing a Nurse Workforce and Patient Care Task Force to evaluate and disclose nurses' contribution to the quality of care given in licensed healthcare facilities, evaluate the states nursing-practice environment and to submit a report on its findings to the state Legislature and the governors office by Dec. 31.
The group has also been given the task of recommending potential legislative solutions to the state's healthcare workforce shortages, including incentives to encourage nursing graduates to stay in Colorado to work in patient-care settings.
The panel will have three voting members each from the Colorado Hospital Association, Colorado Nurses Association, Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Service Employees International Unions Nurse Alliance of Colorado. The Colorado Council on Nursing Education will have two voting members. Nonvoting members will include representatives from the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, Colorado Medical Society and four legislators. -- by Andis Robeznieks