Current Priorities

WNA’s priorities for the upcoming 2019-2020 biennium are: the nurse faculty shortage, workplace violence legislation, preserving the nursing workforce survey, and the APRN modernization act.

View the Public Policy Agenda Here
Nurse Faculty Shortage
Workplace Violence
Preserving the Nursing Workforce Survey
APRN Modernization Act

WNA Legislative Update  8/7/19

Below is a summary of the legislative proposals that WNA has taken a position


WNA Position


Assembly Bill 139 & Senate Bill 134

Relating to: reporting of naloxone administration by ambulance service providers.

Support – The collection of data related to the administration of naloxone is another important tool to addressing the opioid overdose crisis for Wisconsin.

No public hearings scheduled.

Assembly Bill 162 & Senate Bill 155

Relating to: participation in the Volunteer Health Care Provider program by agencies serving homeless individuals.

Support – Provides access to care for the homeless population.  Which in can reduce emergency department and hospital readmissions

Public hearings

5/22/19 and 7/16/19.

Assembly Bill 175 & Senate Bill 163

Relating to: causing bodily harm to harm to a nurse and providing a penalty.


Active Support – This bill provides the same penalty for battery i.e.  Workplace Violence, to a nurse regardless of employment setting. The criminal penalty is a Level H felony subject to $10,000 fine and/or six years of incarceration.

Assembly Public Hearing scheduled for September 19 and Senate Public Hearing September 17.  Take action! Go to WNA’s website to learn more

Assembly Bill 178 & Senate Bill 166

Relating to: eligibility for physician, dentist, and health care provider educational loan assistance programs.

Active Support – Provides loan forgiveness to nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and mental health providers if he or she agrees to practice in a free or charitable clinic or a mental health shortage area for the required time.

Assembly Public Hearing 7/10/19.

Senate Public Hearing scheduled for 8/27/19

Assembly Bill 214 & Senate Bill 200  Relating to: storage and processing of sexual assault kits and requiring the exercise of rule-making. 



Support –Future forensic evidence collected by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) has assurance that the evidence kit backlogs are addressed  and instill a timely and patient centered process for the collection and processing of kits.

No public hearings scheduled.

Assembly Bill 238 & Senate Bill 225 

Relating to: diabetes care and prevention plan


Support – Approximately 356,000 adults and 6,500 children and adolescents in Wisconsin have been diagnosed with diabetes and is the 7th leading cause of death in Wisconsin, This bill requires the DHS, in consultation with the ETF, to develop and implement a plan to reduce the incidence of diabetes in WI improve diabetes care, and control complications associated with diabetes.

Assembly Public Hearing 7/10/19 and Senate 8/6/19.

Assembly Bill 248 & Senate Bill 262

Relating to: eliminating personal conviction exemption from immunizations.



Support – To protect the health of the public, all individuals should be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases except for medical reasons.

No public hearings scheduled.

Assembly Bill 267 & Senate Bill 249

Relating to: advanced practice registered nurses, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority.




Active Support – This legally acknowledges Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) in state statute.   An APRN license will be issued if the following criteria are met: graduate with a master’s degree or higher from an accredited nursing program and the individual has national board certification related to their role.   This bill will provide increased access for patients and safety.

No public hearings scheduled. Go to WNA website to take action. 

Administrative Rule CR 19-087 

Support – The proposed rule supports greater protection for the client receiving care from a Personal Care Worker. Expanding involvement of the RN to directly observe the abilities and competencies of the care delivered by PCW supports quality and safe care

Department of Health Services public hearing 8/9/19.