APRN Modernization Act

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June, 2020 Update

Unfortunately the legislative session ended with the no public hearings held in either the Assembly or Senate Health Committees.  We were not able to come to agreement with the Wisconsin Hospital Association who wanted APRN “documentation of collaboration with a physician”   included in the legislation.  WNA opposed this as it did not achieve our goal of Full Practice Authority for all APRNs which impacts patient access to quality care..  WNA’s Nurse Practitioner Forum Board and the WNA Board will be working with legislators and candidates on supporting the APRN Modernization Act for the next biennium.

12/27/2019 Update

It looks as though there are going to be public hearings on the APRN Modernization Act Legislation (SB 249 and AB 267). The public hearing will not occur the week of Jan 6 as we had hoped.  However, the next Assembly Health Committee is scheduled for Wednesday January 15, 2020.  WNA is asking all RNs and APRNs to be ready to contact their legislators asking for their support of the legislation.

12/15/2019 Update

Take Action Now! Time to Contact your Legislators about the APRN Modernization Act
It looks as though there are going to be public hearings on the APRN Modernization Act Legislation (SB 249 and AB 267). The public hearings may be held as early the week of January 6, 2020. WNA is asking all RNs and APRNs to be ready to contact their legislators asking for their support of the legislation.
In order to assist you with contacting your legislators WNA is offering multiple 30-minute “Take Action Now!” Informational Conference Calls. On each call we will cover the following:
1. Purpose and importance of legislative committee public hearings.
2. Overview of SB 249 and the companion bill AB 267.
3. Why we need nurses’ involvement.
4. How you can support the passage of the APRN Modernization Act.
These informational calls are free to WNA members and $15.00 for non-members. Any proceeds will be used to cover our lobbying and advocacy efforts. Thank you in advance for your contribution.
The schedule of upcoming morning and evening conference calls is as follows – please register for the ONE that best fits your schedule:
Date Time
Tuesday December 17, 2019 7:00 – 7:30 am

7:00 – 7:30 pm

Wednesday December 18, 2019 7:00 – 7:30 am

7:00 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, December 19, 2019 7:00 – 7:30 am

7:00 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 21, 2019 9:00 – 9:30 am
Sunday, December 22, 2019 6:00 – 6:30 pm

 

Monday December 30, 2019 7:00 – 7:30 am

7:00 – 7:30 pm

Thursday January 2, 2020 7:00 – 7:30 am

7:00 – 7:30 pm

Friday, January 3, 2020 7:00 – 7:30 am
BEFORE REGISTERING – Verify the names of your Legislators
We would like to know if you are a constituent of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and/or the Assembly Committee on Health members. Please go to the state legislature website and click on Who are My Legislators by putting in your home address http://legis.wisconsin.gov/. You can find this on the upper right hand side of the home page.
For more information contact bri@wisconsinnurses.org or gina@wisconsinurses.org
Links to related materials for conference call:

7/9/2019 Update

Next step is Public Hearings.

The APRN Modernization Act has been introduced in both the Senate and Assembly.  These companion bills are:

2019 Senate Bill 249 was introduced on May 30, 2019 and assigned to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

2019 Assembly Bill 267  was introduced on June 7, 2019 and assigned to the Assembly Health Committee.

There are a total of 40 legislators that have signed on as cosponsors to the bills.  Thanks to all of you who contacted your legislator.

We are hoping that the Committees will hold public hearings before October.

WNA will be hosting two webinars to review the legislation.  The first webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30th, please click here to learn more about the webinar.

For additional information please see this infographic and  please read this FAQ

The APRN Modernization Act is a legislative proposal developed by APRNs for APRNs to:

  • Increase the visibility of APRN practice and role through adding a new section in Wisconsin’s Nurse Practice Act the creation of the APRN practice in Wisconsin State Statute 441. docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/441
  • Reflect the language found in the 2008 APRN Consensus Model developed through the leadership of the National Council of States Boards of Nursing which calls for APRN Licensure, school of nursing accreditation, national board certification and graduated with a master’s or DNP degree. ncsbn.org/Consensus_Model_Report.pdf
  • Provide title protection for APRN and the four roles; CNM, CRNA, CNS, and NP.
  • Amend current statutes (~50) by changing APNP to APRN

More Info:
Goal of APRN Modernization Act Legislation
APRN Modernization Act InfoGraphic

In order to achieve passage of the APRN Modernization Act, APRN nurse associations, nurse associations and individual APRNs have formed The Wisconsin APRN Coalition.  The purpose of the Coalition is to provide timely and accurate information on the legislative proposal using a secure website and a toolkit for effective legislator communication,  including sample letter writing and communication to other APRNs, employers, and consumers. Please click here to learn more about The Wisconsin APRN Coalition!