WNA’s priorities for the upcoming 2021-2022 biennium are: the nurse faculty shortage, workplace violence legislation, preserving the nursing workforce survey, and the APRN modernization act.
WNA Legislative Update 3/17/21
WNA’s Public Policy Council has reviewed and taken a position on the following legislation introduced this 2021- 2022 Legislative Biennium. Positions are decided based on WNA’s Public Policy Agenda for the 2021-2022 Legislative Biennium https://www.wisconsinnurses.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/WNA-2021-2022-PPA.pdf and current Position Statements.
WNA’s Public Policy Council has been spending time reviewing legislative proposals. Below is a summary of the bills that WNA has a position.
Relating to prohibiting mandatory vaccination for employment. Committee assigned: Assembly Constitution and Ethics, and Senate Committee on Human Services Children and Families.
WNA Position: Oppose. This does not assist health care employers from assuring the safety of nurses and their patients. WNA would like to see the use of the current statute that allows for vaccination exemption which is medical reason, religious and personal conviction instead.
Status: Assembly: Passed out of the Committee. Scheduled for a vote 3/23/21 Senate: passed out of committee Ready for Scheduling.
Relating to permitting pharmacists to prescribe certain contraceptives, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty. Committees assigned: Assembly Committee on Health and Senate Committee on Health.
WNA Position: Support. Increases access s to care through utilization of pharmacists. Pharmacists must be educated. The Boards of Nursing, Pharmacy and Medicine are required to develop the criteria.
Status: Assembly: No Action. Senate: passed out of committee. Scheduling to be voted on.
Relating to community health center grants and making an appropriation. (FE). Committees assigned: Assembly Health Committee and Senate Health Committee.
WNA Position: Support. Increase access to care for those populations that are experiencing acute and chronic health conditions, health disparities and those that are unemployed due to COVID-19.
Status: Assembly: No Action. Senate: Passed out of Committee and scheduling for a vote.
Relating to storage and processing of sexual assault kits and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority. Committees assigned: Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety and Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
WNA Position: Support. Advocates for quality and ethical health care, forensic nurse practice and supports important information in the criminal courts.
Status: Assembly: Received that bill that was passed by the Senate on 3/17/21.
Relating to tracking of sexual assault kits in sexual assault cases, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. Committee assigned: Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety and Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
WNA Position: Support. Advocates for quality and ethical health care, forensic nurse practice and supports important information in the criminal courts through the establishment of a standardized policy and procedure for storage.
Status: Assembly received the bill passed by the Senate 3/17/21.
Relating to requiring face coverings in certain situations and providing a penalty. Committees assigned: Assembly State Affairs and Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform.
WNA Position: Oppose. WNA supports a face mask mandate in those settings and conditions that can increase the risk of exposure. Nurses are health care professionals that are providing the care in those care settings. They remain the most at-risk for COVID -19 exposure despite being vaccinated. Nurses are emotionally and physically exhausted.
Status: Assembly and Senate: No Action
Relating to: requiring informed consent before performing a pelvic exam on a patient who is under general anesthesia or unconscious. Committee Assigned: Senate Health.
WNA Position: Active Support: Supports ethical and transparent health care delivery. There are added costs to the training of medical students. The anesthesia provider charges by time increments, operating room staff cannot prep for the next surgical patient due to delays. Prolonging the delivery of anesthesia to patient is not a standard of care.
Status: Senate: No Action