(Feb. 12) – Rep. Janet Buckner’s bill to address Colorado’s nursing shortage by expanding pathways for nursing students passed the House with strong bipartisan support today.

“More nurses and better-trained nurses will translate into better health outcomes for Coloradans,” said Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora.

HB18-1086, sponsored by Reps. Buckner and Paul Lundeen, R-Monument, would allow Colorado’s community colleges to offer four-year bachelor’s degrees in nursing. Currently, the community colleges offer only two-year associate’s degrees, and many two-year students decline to pursue the advanced BSN degree because of the expense and hassle of having to transfer to schools where the four-year degrees are offered.

The House voted 55-8 to advance HB18-1086 to the Senate.

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