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November 2017

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WNA is working on political advocacy for nurses and patients along with professional development strategies to support nursing practice, competence, and personal health.

Nurse Workforce Health, Rights, & Safety


APRN Modernization Act Legislation has been introduced that adopts the National Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. WNA has organized the APRN Coalition to advance AB568/SB497 APNs
Board of Nursing Rules Revision Update The Board of Nursing is developing a Scope Statement regarding revisions to N1. WNA is monitoring and offering input as appropriate during BON meetings. RNs
Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact has passed out of both legislatures. The next step is for the Governor to sign and adopt into law. WNA has lobbied in support.
Addressing Workplace Violence WNA’s Workforce Advocacy Council is surveying nurses regarding the prevalence of violence in the workplace. RNs
Healthy Nurses for Wisconsin MIG Members of WNA’s Healthy Nurses for Wisconsin Mutual Interest Group (MIG) are working on the strategic plan.  Join the Healthy for Nurses MIG on our website under the “Groups” tab. RNs
Telemedicine/ Telehealth WNA continues to participate in the interdisciplinary Task Force to identify regulatory issues for practicing telehealth. WNA attended August 2 meeting RNs
Increase autonomy for APRNs WNA has actively lobbied for changes to the Medicaid statutes that clarify APRNs can treat patients and document encounters without a physician co-signature. APRNs

Continued Competence & Conferences

3/1 – Nurses Day at the Capitol – Madison 4/7 – Healthy Nurses for Wisconsin – WI Dells
4/13 – WI Nursing Leadership Academy – Grafton 4/18-4/20 – WI School Nurses Conference – Madison
4/26 – 4/28 APRN Conference – Madison 5/21 – Jail Health Conference – WI Dells

Appropriate Nurse Staffing & Nurse Shortage



Healthcare Workforce Planning The Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW), of which WNA is a member, focuses on healthcare workforce data and health care delivery design models. RNs
Patient-Centered Team-Based Care Application of the conceptual model and use for diagnosing, treating and managing hypertension. Other resources and toolkit. Go to RNs
New RN Grads WNA’s Mentorship Committee is sponsoring a mentorship program for WNA members. RNs
Future Nursing Leader Award WNA’s Mentorship Committee has selected 5 student nurses for WNA’s Future Nursing Leader Award for this Fall. RNs
Future of Nursing WNA is partnering with the members of the Wisconsin Nursing Coalition to identify strategies for continuation of the recommendations from the WI Action Coalition. RNs
Nurse Faculty Advocating for funding to increase the supply of nurse faculty. RNs

Patient Safety/Advocacy


Legislation WNA is supporting a number of legislative bills that support patient access and care RNs
Team-Based Care & Hypertension WNA’s Clinical Expert Hypertension Panel has developed recommendations for health care organizations and teams that support decreasing the incidence of hypertension in Wisconsin. RNs
PEOLC Nursing Coalition MIG Members of WNA’s Palliative & End-of-Life Care Nursing Coalition MIG are developing a strategic plan for the newly formed Mutual Interest Group.  Join the PEOLC Nursing Coalition on our website under the “Groups” tab. RNs
Opioid Epidemic WNA is part of a statewide coalition that is identifying strategies for addressing the opioid epidemic. RNs

You Were Represented September 6 – November 17






Policy Meeting Sen. Vukmir Health Staffer (APRN Legislation) State Capitol 9/6
Workforce WNA Workforce Advocacy Council Call 9/11
Practice WNA Tri Council Meeting WNA 9/12
Practice Meeting with representatives from Medical Society, WCN and WEA Trust Madison 9/13
Policy Attended Board of Nursing Legislative and Regulations Committee Mtg DSPS 9/14
Policy APRN Coalition Messaging Committee Meeting Call 9/14
Policy WNA Public Policy Council Meeting WNA 9/16
Workforce WNA Workplace Violence Survey Committee Meeting Call 9/20
Leadership WNA Reference Committee Meeting Call 9/20
Policy APRN Coalition Communication & Outreach Committee Meeting Call 9/20
Policy Meeting Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (APRN Legislation) State Capitol 9/21
Policy APRN Legislative Breakfast Oshkosh 9/22
Policy Meeting with DHS Chief Legal Counsel (APRN Legislation Update) Madison 9/25
Workforce Panel Moderator WI Council on Medical Education & Workforce Conf. WI Dells 9/27
Policy Testimony on Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact State Capitol 9/28
Practice APRN practice and reimbursement info (WI Organization of Nurse Exec’s) Call 9/28
Policy APRN Coalition Messaging Committee Meeting Call 9/28
Policy APRN Coalition Legislation Committee Meeting Call 10/2
Workforce Healthy Nurses for WI Conference Planning Committee Meeting Call 10/4
Policy Meeting with Sen. Vukmir (APRN Legislation) State Capitol  10/4
Policy Meeting with Sec. Gutiérrez (APRN Legislation) DSPS  10/4
Leadership WNA Reference Committee Call 10/5
Policy Update on APRN Legislation to WNA Councils, MIGs Call 10/6
Leadership WNA member calls on proposed Bylaw changes & Dialogue Forum Call  10/11
Workforce WI Council on Medical Education & Workforce Advisory Council Mtg Madison  10/11
Policy APRN Lobby Day State Capitol  10/12
Leadership Presentation WI Student Nurses Association Leadership Summit Oshkosh  10/14
Policy Testimony on Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact State Capitol 10/17
Leadership WNA Membership Assembly and Annual Meeting Green Bay 10/20-21
Policy APRN Legislation Committee Meeting Call 10/25
Grant Meeting with State and Regional Public Health Rep, to discuss survey DHS 10/26
Leadership Presentation to Edgewood College BSN Nursing Students Madison 10/27
Policy APRN Legislation Committee Meeting Call 10/27
Leadership Presentation to Edgewood College MSN/DNP Nursing Students Madison 11/1
Grant Healthy Nurses for Wisconsin Planning Committee Meeting Call 11/4
Policy Board of Nursing Meeting DSPS 11/9
Workforce Data Collaborative Meeting DWD 11/13
Grant Fall Collaborative and Heart Disease Stroke Committee Meetings Madison 11/14
Policy Legislator Meeting on APRN Legislation State Capitol 11/15
Policy Meeting with Patient Compensation Fund Senior Policy Staffer on APRN Legis OCI 11/16
Grant Planning Meeting DHS 11/16
Policy APRN Legislation Coalition Committee Meeting Call 11/16

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