2020 Nurses Day at the Capitol

What’s Nurses Day at the Capitol?

Nurses Day at the Capitol is designed to help nurses in Wisconsin appreciate the importance of their role in influencing health policy and affecting change in their practice. The intent is for nurses to take the information learned at Nurses Day and use it to advocate for better nursing practice and better patient care in their work environments and communities, and ultimately to advance the profession of nursing. Each participant will attend educational sessions in the morning at Monona Terrace to prepare for group meetings with their legislators at the State Capitol (arranged by WNA staff) in the afternoon. Almost 1,000 RNs, APRNs, student nurses, and nursing faculty participated in 2019!



Step 1: IDENTIFY THE NAMES of your State Legislators – Enter your permanent (home) address (or school address if from out of state) under the ‘Who Are My Legislators’ section of The Wisconsin State Legislature Homepage. Read their bios and visit their Home Pages to learn more about them while you are there!

Step 2: REGISTER by February 26
Registration Fee = $50        WNA Member = $35        Student Nurse = $25
Must pay with credit card at time of registration.
Option to pre-order a ‘Brown Bag Lunch’ from Monona Terrace for $15 (otherwise lunch is on your own)
To register group of 10 or more, contact megan@wisconsinnurses.org or 608-221-0383 x203

Step 3: Complete your review of the ‘PRE-NDAC TOOL KIT’ materials below prior to March 4th
– Watch the Preparing for NDAC video presentation (to download presentation, please click hereComplete the brief evaluation after viewing to verify completion
How a Bill Becomes Law
Legislative topics: Nurse Faculty Shortage Crisis
Overview of the Nurse Faculty Shortage
Unblocking the Education Bottleneck
Increasing Childhood Vaccinations through Removal of Personal Conviction Waiver
Vaccine Overview
Newswise article: Childhood Vaccine Study
Legislative Bill AB 248

Step 4: ATTEND the Conference and MEET with your Legislators on the afternoon of March 4th
‘Schedule of Legislator Meetings Times and Locations’  (spreadsheet will be posted here prior to conference) 

Step 5: DEBRIEF with WNA representatives and receive your CNE Certificate before leaving*


Continuing Education Credit

*3.75 contact hours of Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) credit will be awarded for completing this activity

  • Participants must attend the entire day, meet with legislator(s) and exchange their completed ‘Report’ at the debriefing to receive a  Certificate of Completion
  • No certificates will be issued after March 4, 2020
  • There are no conflicts of interest for any of the planners or presenters of this activity.

Conference Location and Parking

Monona Terrace and Convention Center
One John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703
There is a parking lot at the convention center accessible via West Wilson Street and the eastbound lanes of John Nolen Drive. For more info, please refer to the Directions & Parking section of their website. Most legislator visits will take place at the Capitol building – a 3 block walk from Monona Terrace.

Interested in Exhibiting at this Event?

We welcome your participation! Please access the online Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration form for more information.
Please note that Exhibitor/Sponsor registration must be received by February 17 to be listed in the printed Conference Program.

Questions about this event?
Contact Megan Leadholm at WNA by email or at (608)221-0383 ext. 203


Are you proud to be a nurse or nursing student? Want to show your nursing pride? Stop by the WNA membership booth to pick up your WNA “Nursing Hero” shirt. The back reads, “Save one life… and you are a hero. Save one hundred lives… and you are a nurse!” Available in long sleeve for $20, with sizes from S to 2XL. Cash, check, and credit card accepted.

Visit with the League of Women Voters at Nurses Day!

WNA supports the work of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin to increase voter registration throughout the state.  In so doing, we are happy to have volunteers from the League join us at Nurses Day to assist with voter registration, help participants find their voting locations, and answer general voting questions.  Stop by their table next to Nurses Day check-in and cross ‘registering to vote’ off your to-do list!

Check out their website for more information: https://www.lwv.org/local-leagues/lwv-wisconsin

Thank you to our Gold Sponsor:


Wisconsin Nurses Association is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
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