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  • 20 Nov 2017 4:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Medical Association (AMA) took steps at its recent meeting to call for the creation of a national strategy to oppose legislative efforts that grant independent practice to non-physician practitioners through model legislation and national and state level campaigns. While these tactics are not new, the AMA’s ongoing physician protectionist resolutions are hurting patients and negatively impacting the health of our nation. 

    The AMA resolved to:

    ·    Effectively oppose the continual, nationwide efforts to grant independent practice (e.g., APRN Consensus Model, APRN Compact) to non-physician practitioners;

    ·    Effectively educate the public, legislators, regulators, and healthcare administrators; and

    ·    Effectively oppose state and national level legislative efforts aimed at inappropriate scope of practice expansion of non-physician healthcare practitioners; with report back at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

    The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has issued a statement in response to the AMA’s resolution. Read the statement on our website. We will continue to fight for our patients and their right to high quality care delivered by the provider of their choice.
  • 20 Nov 2017 4:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Wyoming State Board of Nursing (WSBN) proposes to amend Chapter 2 - Licensure/Certification Requirements and Chapter 5 - Fees.

    Wednesday, Nov. 22nd at 12:00 pm.

    In these proposed revisions are important items Wyoming nurses need to be aware of:

    ·    Chapter 2 Section 8.5 proposes that every Wyoming licensed nurses will know have to submit evidence of completing at least two (2) hours of continuing education units related to pain management, and/or opioid use and addiction.

    ·    Chapter 2 Section 13.7 proposes completion of twenty (20) hours of CEUs that provide learning activities related to nursing practice within the last two (2) years and which adhere to the following guidelines: (I) Courses shall be relevant to the applicant's primary area of nursing practice; (II) Fifty (50) minutes of theory is equivalent to one (1) CEU; and

    ·    Chapter 2 Section 13.8 proposes that if an applicant has not practiced nursing during the last five (5) years, applicant shall: (I) Successfully complete a refresher course or the equivalent, accepted by the Board; (II) Successfully complete a nursing education program which confers a degree beyond the licensee’s basic nursing education; (III) Obtain certification by a nationally recognized professional accrediting agency in a specialty area of nursing that is accepted by the Board.

    Click here to review all the draft proposed changes for Chapters 2 and 5.

    WNA requested a public hearing. WSBN will hold this hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd at 12:00 pm. The location of the hearing will be the Board of Medicine Board Room (entrance on South side of building), 130 Hobbs Ave, Cheyenne.

    Participants can attend the hearing either: 

    1. In person, or
    2. Remotely, by accessing a Google Hangouts Meet link (email lori.cook@wyo.gov or call Lori at 307-777-3425 for the video link), or by dialing +1 478 419 0170 PIN: 2235# 
  • 20 Nov 2017 4:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Monday, November 13th, during Nurse Practitioners Week, Governor Matt Mead signed the Wyoming Nurse Practitioner Proclamation, celebrating the contributions that Wyoming APRNs make to health care every day.  

  • 25 Oct 2017 4:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Wyoming Council for Advanced Practice Nursing (WCAPN) membership elected four positions to the WCAPN Board of Directors at the Annual Membership meeting on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Casper. The term for the newly elected Board members began in October 2017 and they will serve through October 2019. 

    The current Board of Directors now includes:

    ·    Colleen Butler, President, 2017-2018

    ·    Margaret A. Easley, President-elect, 2017-2018

    ·    Amy Gruwell, Past President, 2017-2018

    ·    Kelly Eckes, Treasurer, 2017-2019 (newly elected)

    ·    Colby Butler, Secretary, 2016-2018

    ·    Sarah Frank, Member-at-Large, 2017-2019 (newly elected)

    ·    Shala Swarm, Member-at-Large, 2016-2018

    ·    Velvet Maureen Hiser, Member-at-Large, 2017-2019 (newly elected)

    ·    Alicia LePard, Member-at-Large, 2016-2018

    ·    Maria Kidner, AANP Representative

    We would like to thank our outgoing Board Members Linda Stone-Soukup, Marti Mueller, Jill Bass, and Susan Bell-Milby for their service to WCAPN. Your leadership of WCAPN is inspiring!
  • 23 Oct 2017 4:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Nancy Potter who was awarded the Pinnacle Award at the recent WCAPN Conference! Nancy has been a nurse for 54 years and was one of the early Nurse Practitioners in Wyoming and she introduced many patient to the role of an NP/APRN. As a Women’s Health NP, Nancy as touched the lives of not only her patients, but students and APRN’s across the state. She has been a long-standing preceptor for students from multiple programs. Nancy has practiced in the private practice setting with a physician, Planned Parenthood and was a nurse owned private practice owner. She not only managed her private practice, but was a mentor to others who were looking to start independent practices. She carried the respect of the medical community in Casper as an expert in GYN procedures and received referrals from local MD’s, NP’s and PA’s and was always up to date on the current recommendations and used evidence based guidelines to guide her practice. Her patients loved her care, followed her, and was disappointed when she decided to retire. Even though Nancy has retired from her private practice clinic, she still maintains her membership with our organization and attends CEU events. She is truly dedicated to our profession and has made a lasting impression on patients and healthcare providers in Wyoming. We have been fortunate to have her in our profession! 

  • 18 Oct 2017 4:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Wyoming State Board of Nursing proposes to amend Chapter 2-Licensure/Certification Requirements and Chapter 5 - Fees. The revisions in Chapters 2 and 5 are intended to reflect language recently enacted in the Nurse Practice Act, including the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact. The amendments also add an incorporation by reference for producing public records, add fees to cover additional operations expenses, and update licensure competencies to ensure public safety. The proposed amendments also add definitions specific to the chapters and restructure sections for clarity.

    Copies of the proposed amended rules may be viewed on the Board’s website at https://nursing-online.state.wy.us, obtained by an email request to cynthia.labonde@wyo.gov or obtained by a written request addressed to the Wyoming State Board of Nursing, 130 Hobbs Ave., Suite B, Cheyenne, WY 82002 after September 26, 2017. Written comments may be submitted to the Board at the email or office address noted above on or before November 13, 2017.        

    A public hearing will be held if requested by 25 persons, a governmental subdivision, or by an association having not less than 25 members. Requests for a public hearing may be addressed as indicated above. 


  • 14 Sep 2017 9:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Wyoming Council for Advance Practice Nurses (WCAPN) will be electing four positions to the WCAPN Board of Directors: President Elect, Treasurer, and (2) Member At Large. The term for each will begin October 2017 and serve through October 2019.

    The candidates for the Board of Directors are:

    President Elect

    ·       Margaret A. Easley, RN, MSN, FNP-C; Lander

     

    Treasurer

    ·       Kelly Eckes, DNP, FNP-C, CNRN; Casper

     

    Member At Large (elect 2)

    ·       Sarah Frank, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, CPNP; Casper

    ·       Velvet Maureen Hiser, FNP-C; Casper

     

    All current and valid members have received instructions via a September 13, 2017 email on how to access their official electronic ballot. All members are asked to complete an electronic  ballot by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

    Election results will be announced during the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Casper.

     

  • 31 Aug 2017 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WCAPN recognizes that there has been and will be individuals that dedicate time, knowledge and skills to advance the role of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Wyoming in profound ways.

    The WCAPN Pinnacle Award was designed in August 2016 to have the ability to acknowledge individuals who have contributed to the advancement of APRNs. Award recipients are individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary dedication and long-term contribution that has influenced the APRN role in Wyoming and made a lasting impression on the profession.

    Any WCAPN member in good standing can request the WCAPN board to consider an individual for the Pinnacle Award. The person who is being considered for the Pinnacle Award does not need to be a member of WCAPN or an APRN.

    Do you know someone that you would like to be named 2017 Pinnacle Recipient? To make a nomination, send one to two pages of typed information about the person to be considered that explains how the person has impacted APRNs in Wyoming. Please be sure to include your name, email, address and phone number along with the nominees contact information. The request for consideration needs to be submitted electronically to WCAPN Executive Director, Tobi Moore tobi@wcapn.org by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

    The Pinnacle Award will be given during WCAPN annual meeting on October 14, 2017 in Casper, Wyoming.

    The 2016 Pinnacle Award Recipients were Ann Enlow, FNP-C and Marsha K. Siegel, EdD, FNP-BC.


  • 22 Jun 2017 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the passing of SF0021 in March 2017, starting on July 1, 2017 APRN's and PA's will be able to sign medical death certificates in the state of Wyoming.

    WCAPN is exploring the possibility of providing online education around how to complete a medical certificate of death. Would you be interested in this type of education? If so send an email to the WCAPN office at tobi@wcapn.org


  • 22 Jun 2017 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline has been extended to Thursday, August 31, 2017

    Download the "Consent to Serve

    The WCAPN Nominations Committee is seeking interested WCAPN members who wish to serve in a leadership role on the Board of Directors. These leaders will be elected in September 2017 by the members through a statewide ballot for a term of two years. The term of office will begin following the annual meeting on October 14, 2017. The positions are as follows:

    President Elect
    Treasurer
    (2) Member at Large

    The position of President-elect will serve for three years serving as President-elect during year one, serving as President during year two, and serving as Past President the third year. The President-elect serves primarily in a learning role by assisting the President in the business of WCAPN. 

    The President-elect will assume the duties of President in the fall of 2018. The President presides over Board and meetings.  Represents (or designates representative of) the WCAPN in business, legislative, and other related activities. Directs (or appoints leadership for) activities of the council including educational, legislative, and public presentation. Appoints committees and leadership of committees, and directs activity/purpose of committee.

    The Past President serves in a support/mentoring role for the Board. May assume temporary leadership position in the temporary absence of the President.

    The Treasurer serves as the custodian of WCAPN funds in collaboration with the Executive Director. Examines monthly financial reports, monitors and evaluates financial affairs, and provides insight and direction regarding financial goals. The Treasurer provides an annual financial summary report for The Board and General Membership at the fall Annual Membership meeting.

    Members at Large serve as representation of the general membership to advise, participate, and contribute to Board on all matters of the organization

    Currently the WCAPN board meets four times a year. Two of those meetings are fact-to-face and the other two are by conference call.

    All interested candidates for office must be a current WCAPN member. Each candidate needs to complete a Consent to Serve form. The form along with a headshot of yourself needs to be sent to the WCAPN office by August 31, 2017.

    Elections will occur in Septembers and the winners will be announced at the annual meeting on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Casper.

    If you have any questions or need further information contact the Nominations Committee: Linda Stone-Soukup lstonesoukup@gmail.com or Marti Mueller martimue@netzero.net

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