APRN Modernization Act

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Action Alert!

Legislator Co-Sponsors needed for APRN Modernization Act

Background Information

Dear Nurse Colleague,

We are in the first step in the legislative process for advancing the APRN Modernization Act is asking legislators to sign on as co-sponsors. We are at this point and action is needed before FRIDAY MAY 17, 2019

The goal of the legislation is to improve Wisconsin’s Nurse Practice Act (State Statute Chapter 441) to more accurately reflect the legal practice of APRNs in Wisconsin. The legislation has been written and reviewed by multiple parties including the APRN Coalition Steering Committee, representatives and legal professionals. The new legislation will amend the current Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) and move to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). While all APRNs have advanced education and are educationally prepared to assess, diagnose, manage patient problems and perform procedures, CNMs are the only APRNs that are licensed in Wisconsin.

The current legislative language in Wisconsin only specifically identifies those APNs who hold a certificate to prescribe (APNP), 3,682 nurses of the state’s 4,850 APNs. Wisconsin needs all APRNs to have a clear and defined role in advanced practice nursing. Supporting all APRNs in a defined role will increase their ability to provide safe, quality and accessible care, which has clear patient, cost and provider benefits. APRNs are well distributed around the state and routinely provide care for populations and communities who have an increased demand for providers to meet the health needs, including mental health needs.

This legislation is important because the role of the APRN is one of the fastest growing roles in the health care sector. APRN employment as increased 150% since 2009 and the growth of Medicare-eligible individuals will only further increase this growth and demand. Wisconsin also falls far behind the national average of APRNs, with only 6.9% of the RN workforce holding an advanced practice degree, while the national average is 10.9%.

To support this legislation, the APRN Coalition is asking our nurse colleagues of all practice levels to reach out to your representatives to co-sign this legislation.  The Coalition has developed the following tools to assist you in contacting your legislators:

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

If you email your legislator, please BCC Allison Champion at the WNA office.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions regarding this legislation, or if you would like more information. Please also let us know if you would like to help us in any way.

In the name of progress,


Chairperson, WI APRN Coalition

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!