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. Prior to Nurses Day, WNA will schedule appointments with legislators at the Capitol for all attendees. Over 500 RNs, APRNs, student nurses, and nursing faculty participate each year!

AGENDA for 2019 Nurses Day at the Capitol (updated 2/24/19)

8:15 AM-12:30 PM at Monona Terrace
12:45-4:00 PM at State Capitol OR Monona Terrace (lunch on own, scheduled meetings with legislators)
Debriefing back at Monona Terrace – exchange completed ‘Report’ for a Certificate of Completion before leaving for the day.

Handouts and Resources – are posted below for participants to download/print as desired.  Hardcopies will not be provided at conference.
Tips for Communicating with Legislators 
WNA Legislative Agenda for the Biennium

Workplace Violence – PowerPoint handout
Workplace Violence – Talking Points

Nursing Faculty Shortage – PowerPoint handout
Nursing Faculty Shortage – Talking Points

Preservation of the Nursing Workforce Survey

APRN Modernization Act – PowerPoint handout
APRN Modernization Act – Overview handout
APRN Modernization Act – Talking Points

Legislator Visit Times – are still being finalized. Some appointments will be in a new location because of the large groups. Please check back for Finalized appointments 2/26/2019.
Last updated: 2/26/2019; 1:50 pm
Legislator Appointments

Continuing Nursing Education Credit – 3.25 contact hours are available to participants who attend all morning sessions, meet with their legislators as scheduled, and exchange their evaluation/report of meetings to the debriefing area at Monona Terrace.  The Certificate of Completion (noting the CNE credit) can only be obtained at Monona Terrace on the day of the conference – no online evaluation option is available.

Meetings with Legislators – you will identify your legislators when registering, WNA will arrange times during the afternoon for individual/group meetings with the legislators involved. Meetings may take place at the Capitol building or at Monona Terrace.

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.

Register Registration is closed

$50.00 – Regular Registration Rate
$35.00 – Reduced Rate for WNA Members (must enter ANA/WNA member # to receive member rate)
$25.00 – Student RN Rate (currently enrolled in a nursing program)
Pay online with a credit card or request an invoice for payment.  Payment must be received PRIOR TO the day of the event.
For group registrations of 10 or more – please contact

Deadline to register for NDAC: EXTENDED to Tuesday, February 19!

‘Meet and Greet’ with Alex Wubbels

An opportunity for NDAC attendees to meet with Alex Wubbels is planned at the Monona Terrace from 3:00-5:00 PM following the meetings with legislators.  Light snacks will be served. This event is co-sponsored by WNA and the Emergency Nurses Association.
Cost to attend is $10 – payment by credit card only – registration is separate from NDAC
Deadline to register for the ‘Meet and Greet”:  Friday, February 22

‘Meet and Greet’ RSVP

Brown Bag Lunches available for $15.00

These lunches must be pre-ordered – they will NOT be available for purchase on the day of the conference.

Lunch is on your own for this event, and there are many casual dining choices near the Capitol.  You also have the option to pre-order one of these ‘brown bag’ lunches from Monona Catering on your conference registration form for $15.00.  Each lunch will include a bag of Lays (original) Potato Chips, a banana, and your choice of canned soda or bottled water. Choose from:

  1. Ham & Swiss Wrap: Ham & Wisconsin Swiss Cheese with dill slices rolled in herb tortilla with lettuce, tomatoes & Dijonnaise sauce
  2. Thai Chicken Salad: Grilled chicken, Napa and red cabbage, shredded carrots, green onion, red pepper, bean sprouts, served with Sesame Vinaigrette (Gluten Free/Dairy Free option) 
  3. Pesto Veggie Wrap: Spring mix, asparagus, portobello mushroom, roasted red pepper, tomato, feta cheese & pesto sauce wrapped in herb tortilla

You will receive a ‘lunch ticket’ specific to your order when you check in to the conference. Your Brown Bag lunch will be available at the Monona Terrace at 12:30 PM. There will be no refund for lost or unused tickets.

If you are already registered for conference and now wish to add one of these Brown Bag lunches – fill out this separate 2019 NDAC Brown Bag Lunch Order form. Credit card payment is required to submit order.

THANK YOU for SPONSORING this event! Be sure to visit these exhibits at conference…

GOLD level Sponsors:                  

SILVER level Sponsors:       ______

Interested in Exhibiting at or Sponsoring this event?

We welcome your participation! Please access the online Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration form for more information.  Deadline to register as an Exhibitor Sponsor is February 20, 2019

Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration


Questions? Please contact the WNA office at 800.362.3959 or

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