Wisconsin Nursing Coalition
The purpose and function of the Wisconsin Nursing Coalition is:
- An organized means of disseminating information through a common network among nursing organizations.
- A forum for exchanging information and ideas that is of concern to Wisconsin nurses.
- To present its position concerning selected issues and ideas about nursing and nurses in public and private forums (e.g., organizational correspondence, newspapers, electronic media, public hearings).
- To be a common voice for nurses in Wisconsin.
- Membership will consist of Wisconsin Nursing Organizations which are defined as any organization located in Wisconsin which has as a majority of its voting members RNs, LPNs, nursing students, or any combination.
- Payment of annual assessment fee that is used to cover administrative costs incurred by the sponsoring organization.
- Appointment of representative by the member organization for the fiscal year (January 1 – December 31.)
- Appointment of ex-officio representatives as approved by the WNC membership.
History of the Wisconsin Nursing Coalition
There is a history in Wisconsin of the various nursing organizations meeting for the purposes of networking, exchange of information, advancing the practice of nursing and imporving the systems where care is delivered.
|1970’s||There was a formal group that met at least three times a year called the Wisconsin Nursing Network. This group was made up of representatives from the various nursing organizations, schools of nursing and nurse administrators. The WNN had formal operating procedures, officers, standing committees, established agenda format and used Robert’s Rules of Orders to conduct business. The group dissolved sometime in the late 1980’s.|
|1989||The Wisconsin Nursing Coalition was formed for the following reason:
Mission: To promote systems that enable nurses to fulfill their unique role in providing quality health care.
Membership: To be inclusive of nursing organizations only.
|1990||The purpose and function of the Wisconsin Nursing Coalition had some revisions that include the following:
Mission: To be a common voice for nurses in Wisconsin.
Voting: Be restricted to groups that are nursing based.
Dues: $25.00 per year to cover the costs of mailing. WNA was designated maintain files, agendas, send out meeting notices and materials because they have staff.
Lobbying: Each organization will continue to use their own lobbyist to advance their own priorities.
|Mid-1990’s to present||WNC has issued position and unity statements, action plans and participated in annual summits
Summary of Positions
1997 – Support of Title Protection for Nurses
WNA President assumes the role of the chairperson. WNA Executive Director serves as staff to the WNC. Minutes are recorded and are rotated among the members.
Current annual dues are $100.00. This covers the administrative costs that are provided by WNA.
Meetings are scheduled for every other month, usually on the forth Thursday of the odd months of the year. (January, March, May, July, September, and November).
Standing items include, approval of minutes, review status of action plans, legislative/regulatory issues, member reports, and agenda items for next meeting.
WNC Member Organizations
American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter (AACN-GMC)
National Black Nurses Association, Inc. – Milwaukee Chapter
SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin
South Central WI American Occupational Health Nurses (SCWAOHN)
Wisconsin Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (WARN)
Wisconsin Department of Corrections – Correctional Nursing (Prison/Jail and Juvenile Institutions)
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Wisconsin Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association
Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council
Wisconsin Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)
Wisconsin Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals, AFT, AFL-CIO
Wisconsin Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses (WISPAN)