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WNA working for you--summer 2008.

WNA Working for You--Summer 2008
Core Issue #1--Workforce Health, Rights & Safety

Workforce Advocacy Legislation/Regulation

WNA is working on the following policy strategies related to promoting
nursing's workplace health, rights and safety.

Legislation/Rule Activity Target Group

Criminalization of AB 683 Quality Improvement Nursing
RN for medical error Act/Decriminalization for workforce
 Unintentional Medical Error
 did not get through the two
 state houses. We will need to
 start over and develop a
 different strategy for
 advancing this legislation in
 the next biennium. WNA is very
 appreciative of all the work
 and support that was provided
 by the Wisconsin Hospital

Supervision of APNPs expressing concerns NP, CNS and
APNP by physician regarding the physician CNM that
as a requirement supervision requirements found have
under the Patient in the Patient Compensation prescriptive
Compensation Fund Fund (PCF) statute. This is authority.
 contrary to state statutes
 Nursing 441 governing the
 authority to prescribe
 providing there is a Colla-
 boration Agreement in place.
 WNA is working with the Office
 of the Insurance Commissioner
 to pursue statute changes in
 the PCF that removes the
 supervisory requirement.

Statute changes for AB 497 did not advance this APNPs
inclusion of APNP legislative year. The legis-
as health care lation allows APNPs to sign
provider disability certificates for
 disabled hunters, sign state-
 ment indicating military
 veteran eligibility for needed
 services and perform special
 examinations requested by
 Department of Transportation.
 WNA will work the assembly
 author and find a Senate author
 for the next biennium so that
 this legislation can get passed.

HFS 35-- Continue to provide input into APNPs
Certification of proposed Admistrative Rule HFS
Medicaid Outpatient 35 regarding role of Board
Mental Health Certified Psych Mental Health
Clinics APNs.

Supporting WNA's Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Group (SIG) Summary of Activity

Advanced Practice Nurse Forum APN Salary & Benefit Survey is in the
 process of being tabulated. Results
 are to be available around June 30,

WI Parish Nurse Coalition Planning Annual Conference in
 conjunction with WNA Convention

Wisconsin Environmental Health Planning Annual Conference in
Nurses Coalition (WEHNC) conjunction with WNA Convention.
 Strategic planning completed and in
 the process of implementation.

WINPAC WINPAC is endorsing 5 RNs who are
 running for a state legislator
 position. The information on these
 candidates, the WINPAC Questionnaire
 and how you can get involved is
 posted on WNA's website

WNA's Workforce Advocacy Program

Core Issue #2--Appropriate Nurse Staffing & Nurse Shortage

Legislation/Rule Activity Target
/Policy Group

Safe Nurse Staffing Working on a strategy for deve- Nursing
 loping model safe staffing Workforce
 legislation that can be
 introduced January 2009.

RN Workforce Data WNA staff is an active participant Nursing
Collection and State on the Department of Workforce workforce
Funding for the Development Subcommittee to
Wisconsin Center identify a strategy for the
for Nursing collection data regarding the
 nursing workforce.

Nurse Fatigue & WNA along with the Wisconsin Wisconsin
Patient Safety Nursing Coalition has developed a RNs
 Working Draft paper on awareness
 campaign related to the impact of
 nurse fatigue and patient safety.

Nurse Faculty Recommendations from the Legis- Nurse
Shortage Task lative/Board of Nursing sponsored Faculty
Force Task Force for addressing the Nurse
 Faculty shortage can he found on
 WNA's website.

Peer Assistance Approved position statement on Nurses
Advisory Council Guidelines for the Chemically
 Dependent, Impaired Nurse and Peer
 Assistance. It can be found on
 WNA's website under the Workforce
 Advocacy/Impaired Practice tab

Core Issue #3--Continued Competencies--WNA Educational Offerings
for 2008

Legislation/Rule Activity Target
/Policy Group

Mandatory Continuing Identified the pros and cons to RNs
Education for RN's mandatory continuing education as
 requirement for RN license renewal.
 Strategy pending

Clarification of Follow-up to WNA Summit of February RNs
Role and Practice 2008. Strategy for advancing
Standards for RN's practice standards for RN and LPN
and LPN's in care in the nursing home has been
Nursing Homes. developed.

Educational Offerings 2001--Mark Your Calendar!

2008 WNA/AVSNA Annual Oct 16-18 2008 Environmental Oct. 16
Convention Health and Parish
 Nurse Conferences

Core Issue #4--Patient Safety/Advocacy

Healthy Wisconsin

Will be working with WNA Districts and other community groups to sponsor Town Hall Meetings on the benefits of Health Care Reform and the important role of the nurse


Check WNA website for listing of the legislative bills that were of interest to WNA. The legislative floor sessions have ended.
You Were Represented April 2008-May 2008

Topic Individual/Group Location Date

Promoting Nurse Nurses Foundation Madison 4/11/08
Scholarships and of Wisconsin
Research Funding

ANA and National ANA Midwest States Chicago 4/12 &
Nursing Issues Meetings 4/13

Overview of WNA Public Eau Clare District Eau Claire 4/14/08
Policy Agenda Public Policy

Presentation on Eau Claire County Eau Claire 4/14/08
Delegation Issues Public Health
 Department RN

Presentation on Advance Practice Wisconsin 4/17/08
Employment Contracts Nurses Dells
and Patient Compen-
sation Fund Statutes

Presentation on WNA Lakeshore Cleveland 4/21/08
Criminalizalion for District
Medical Errors

Board of Nursing Wisconsin Board of Madison 5/1/08
Meeting Nursing

Strategies for state- DWD Subcommittee on Madison 5/1/08
wide collection of Data Collection on
nursing workforce data health care workforce

Exhibit at Milwaukee Nurses Week Lamplight Milwaukee 5/5/08
District Nurses Event Walk

Nurse Interviews desire Representatives from Madison 5/8/08
to amend Adm Code N8 Wisconsin Chapter of
(APNP) Nurse Midwives

Media Interview on ANA Reporter Madison 5/27/08
Health Care Reform

WNA Public Policy WNA Public Policy Madison 5/31/08
Agenda Council Meeting
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Date:Jul 1, 2008
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