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WNA Advanced Practice Nurse 22nd Annual Clinical and Pharmacology Conference a huge success!

Over 525 Advanced Practice Nurses attended this year's 22nd Annual Clinical and Pharmacological Conference. The conference ran from Thursday, April 17 to Saturday, April 19. The conference included 56 educational offerings, 66 exhibitors, the APN Forum Business Meeting and a time for networking. A new addition this year included non-clinical information. The offerings were Billing and Coding and Employment Contracts. The conference also included the annual WINPAC Fund Raiser, which raised over $1,900.

There was a Thursday night information meeting that provided information relative to Chapter 655 of the Patient Compensation Fund. Chapter 655 currently calls for physician supervision of all Advanced Practice Nurses except for CRNAs. This is in conflict with Wisconsin's Nurse Practice Act Administrative Code Chapter N8, which calls for APNP and physician collaboration. This contradiction is causing legal and independent practice concerns for APNPs. The meeting resulted in support for WNA to pursue a legislative strategy that allows for collaboration vs. supervision in Chapter 655. WNA's APN Forum Board of Directors and WNA's Public Policy Council will be working on the development of a strategy over the summer so that legislation will be ready for introduction at the start of the new legislative biennium in January 2009.

Wisconsin Nurses Association 2008 Recognition Awards

Please take the time to nominate one of your colleagues who are making outstanding contributions to the practice of nursing by nominating them for one of the following awards:

Honorary Awards

* Signe Cooper Image of Nursing Award--Involvement in activities which enhance the image of professional nursing and the image of WNA.

* Vivien DeBack Nursing Leadership Award--Involvement in activities which demonstrate innovation in the advancement of the profession.

* Service to WNA Award--Outstanding participation in the Wisconsin Nurses Association, including (but not limited to), service through elected office and committee involvement.

* Community Service Award--Extraordinary contribution to public education, community outreach, and health promotion.

* Nursing Practice Award--Involvement in activities which demonstrate innovations in patient care; role model for nursing practice; commitment to the practice of professional nursing; and utilization/dissemination of research in practice.

* Nursing Education Award--Demonstrated extraordinary contribution to excellence in nursing education for students and to the development and implementation of continuing education.

* Honorary Friend(s) of Nursing Award--This award is given only to person(s) who have rendered distinguished service or valuable assistance to the nursing profession.

Distinguished Service Citations

* Staff Nurse Advocacy Award--This award is given to recognize excellence in individual staff nurses who provide direct patient care in all practice settings and who advocate for their patients.

* Excellence in Nursing Research Award--Involvement in conducting original research of relevance to nursing practice and theory development in nursing; serving as principal investigator on externally funded, peer reviewed nursing research projects.

* Political Nurse Award--Demonstrated involvement in political activities that promote quality of care; acts as a positive role model in his/her use of the political process to advance health care and/or nursing.

* Advanced Practice Nurse--Demonstrates expert knowledge and practice in an APN clinical area of nursing; demonstrates involvement and contributions in the areas of patient care, consultation, education, or research; demonstrates leadership within the nursing profession.

For the complete nomination process go to http://www.wisconsinnurses.org/docs/AwardsApplication2008.pdf. Nominees must be WNA members with the exception of the Honorary Friend(s) of Nursing Award.
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