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  • 27 Feb 2018 1:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOCUS & PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH: We are researching a “telehealth” program that is web-based and will allow you to get treatment from the comfort of your home. Patients will work with a speech-language pathologist (talking), a physical therapist (exercise), and a pharmacist (medication) through a computer.

    WHAT WILL HAPPEN: Before the telehealth sessions starts, the patient with work with our study coordinator to answer some case history questions. Then the coordinator will measure the patient's starting points for speech, for exercise, and for medication management. This should take about 70 minutes. The study coordinator will then schedule the patient's telehealth appointments with the speech-language pathologist, physical therapist, and pharmacist.

    After the telehealth sessions starts, participants will work with these professionals via their provided computer for about 8 hours each week. This will continue for 8 weeks.

    1.  The speech-language pathologist will provide LSVT-LOUD intervention to keep or restore the patient's speech loudness. During the first 4 weeks, participants will work with the speech-language pathologist for 4 one-hour sessions each week. During the remaining 4 weeks, the speech-language pathologist will meet with the patient for 1 hour each week to monitor their speech practice, and they will have a one-hour exercise homework to complete four times each week.

    2.  The physical therapist will supervise the particpant's Telehealth Exercise Program for 8 weeks. The therapist will meet with the patient via telehealth one time a week and assign homework for them to complete for 2 additional 60 min sessions each week.

    3.  The pharmacist will meet with the patient up to 1 hour each week to discuss their medicine(s).

    After the telehealth sessions ends, the study coordinator will measure the participant's ending point for speech, exercise, and for medication management. This should take about 70 minutes right after and then again 6 months after they complete the telehealth sessions.

    AM I ELIGILBLE TO JOIN THIS RESEARCH? Contact us for details. Participants must be an adult with Parkinson’s disease in Nevada or Wyoming, can follow instructions, and not in a nursing home.

    WHERE WILL THIS STUDY TAKE PLACE? Participants can be in their home or any other place that has an Internet connection. The health care professional will join participants through the weblink on a computer that we will loan to you.

    For more details, contact study coordinator: Kathleen Nagle, LPN, at or 702-895-1055.
  • 27 Feb 2018 1:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ten days down - Ten to go. 

    With such a short session, deadlines are tight and days are long. It is not unusual for legislators to work very late into the night and then return early in the morning.

    This past week was focused primarily on the budget but they also had to listen to bills that had moved out of a committee. If a bill had not been heard and voted to move on by the Committee of the Whole (COW) by end of business Friday, it d

    ied a quiet death.

    The Legislature will not meet on Monday as the schedule allows them a mid-session break. The focus of next week will be to finish hearing and voting on bills in their house of origin and those that get the majority vote will "cross over" to the other side to start the process again. Bills that cross over do not necessarily ma

    ke it to the final destination, which is the Governor' desk. Just because one side likes and passes a piece of legislat

    ion does not guarantee the other side will agree.

    Speaker Harshman wants to add $750,000 for telehealth grants to Wyoming healthcare providers into the ENDOW bill that will be coming up next week. WNA has asked that WCAPN support this. We need APRNs to send emails to their Representatives asking them to vote in support of this funding. 

    Notes would start like this...Dear Representative ____________. Please support the addition of $750,000.00 to ENDOW to be used for telehealth in Wyoming. (Then fill in your own BRIEF reason why this is important). Click here for additional talking points to include in your email.

    Need to locate your legislature’s email address follow the following link: 
  • 27 Feb 2018 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you read the opinion?

    In order to clarify misconceptions regarding the role and population foci for APRNs in the State of Wyoming, the WSBN Practice Committee has requested email distribution of the of the 2007 Advisory Opinion "APRN Population Focus." Click here to read.

    What is an Advisory Opinion?

    In accordance with W.S. 33-21-122 (c) (iii) of the Wyoming Nursing Practice Act the Wyoming State Board of Nursing can publish advisory opinions relative to whether the nursing procedures, policies and other practices of any agency, facility, institution or other organization that employs individuals licensed or certified under this act complies with the standards of nursing practice as defined in this act and board rules and regulations.

    An advisory opinion adopted by the Board is an interpretation by the Board of what the law requires. While an advisory opinion is not law, it is more than a recommendation. In other words, an advisory opinion is an official opinion of the Wyoming State Board of Nursing regarding the practice of nursing as it relates to a specific standard of care.
  • 26 Feb 2018 5:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Interested in being a speaker at the upcoming Advanced Practice Forum? We'd like to hear from you!

    The event takes place in Sheridan, Wyoming on October 12-13, 2018. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2018.

    To learn more or to submit your proposal click this link: Call for Speakers.docx

    If you have any questions, contact

  • 26 Feb 2018 3:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WCAPN, in partnership with the Wyoming Nurses Association, Wyoming Hospital Association and High Desert Healthcare, hosted a Nursing and Legislative reception on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Little America Hotel, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The reception was held in conjunction with WNA's Nurses Day at the Legislature.

    In addition, WCAPN hosted an APRN briefing session prior to the reception to update attendees regarding the 2018 Legislative session and issues facing APRN's.

    We packed the Little America Hotel's grand ballroom, with over 275 attendees and 23 exhibitors. This year’s theme Understanding Workplace Violence: Seeking Civility. This issue is at the forefront of our profession and the day provided timely information on the topic.

    The day started with a presentation on “Nurse Licensure Compact: What’s in it for me?” provided by Cynthia LaBonde, MN, RN, Executive Director for the Wyoming State Board of Nursing. The keynote “Workplace Violence: It affects all of us” was presented by Gordon Gillespie, PhD, DNP, RN, CEN, CNE, CPEN, PHCNS-BC, FAEN, FAAN. Gordon's presentation included his research efforts derive from his clinical practice and responding to patient, visitor and coworker aggression and his research has been funded by the CDCNational Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Nurses Foundation, and Emergency Nurses Association Foundation. Most recently, Gordon chaired the national workplace violence conference, cochaired the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario’s second edition of the Best Practice Guideline “Preventing and Managing Bullying and Violence in the Workplace,” and guest edited an interprofessional journal issue on workplace violence. Attendees then heard from Tina Smith, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming presented “Can I Reduce My Risk for Physical Violence?” which was an introduction to crisis prevention training. 

    Following lunch attendees engaged in a meaningful and collaborative conversation to identify opportunities for action in Wyoming around workplace violence. The educational sessions for the day wrapped up with WNA Lobbyist, Toni Decklever, MA, RN who provided an energetic and dynamic presentation around the “2018 Legislative Process and Bills: What do they mean to me?”

  • 19 Jan 2018 3:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Northeast Wyoming Region of the Wyoming Nurses Association, and the local members of the Wyoming Council of Advanced Practice Nurses cordially invite you to reach out to your nursing constituents prior to the 2018 Legislative Session to hear our input to your upcoming issues.

    February 8, 2018

    Gillette Campus, Northeast Wyoming Community College

    Health Sciences Center

    6:30 p.m.

    Coffee and Desserts will be available.

    Please RSVP via email or call (307) 257-7620. We look forward to meeting and interacting with you. We are passionate about the health of Wyoming, reducing the costs of healthcare and making sure the burden of legislation is effective and necessary.

  • 19 Jan 2018 3:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AANP, NAPNAP and NONPF responded to an article that ran in, a physician blog. The article, titled Independent practice: Both nurse practitioners and physicians should be outraged, ran January 5, 2018 and contained numerous erroneous statements. AANP, NAPNAP and NONPF all contributed to a response that was shared with and posted on AANP’s website.

    Incident on American Airlines Flight

    An incident occurred on a recent American Airlines flight that necessitated the crew requesting assistance for a passenger in distress. When a nurse practitioner responded immediately, she was not allowed to provide the services needed. Please read AANP’s letter from Joyce Knestrick to American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker

  • 19 Jan 2018 3:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The WCAPN 2018 Strategic Plan is available for download here. The plan includes WCAPN's plan for leadership development, organization viability, association visiblity, membership connection, educational opportunities, public policy and partnerships. Check it out!

  • 19 Jan 2018 3:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WCAPN will hold its annual Advanced Practice Forum on October 12 & 13, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Sheridan, Wyoming

    Registration will open by July 1st and Call for Speakers will be available in February. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

    Mark your calendars to join us in October!

  • 19 Jan 2018 3:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join us for the annual Nurses Day at the Legislature on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Little America Hotel & Resort in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The theme is Workplace Violence.

    8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Conference

    5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. - Legislative Briefing - FREE to all APRNs!

    6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Legislative Reception - WCAPN members get in free to the reception

    There will be a full day of great speakers, which will be followed by a WCAPN-sponsored legislative reception in the evening. Download the complete agenda here.

    WCAPN, in partnership with the Wyoming Nurses Association and the Wyoming Hospital Association, will be hosting a Nursing and Legislative reception on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Little American Hotel in Cheyenne from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Because of WCAPN sponsorship, WCAPN members may attend reception at no cost.

    To register to attend the reception only (at no cost for WCAPN members), email the WCAPN office at To register for the one-day conference, click the button below. Early Bird pricing ends February 1, 2018!

    Sponsorships and exhibit spaces are available! For more information, click here. Get your message in front of more than 350 attendees that includes nurses, educators, nurse practitioners, student nurses, and legislators. All sponsorships include an exhibit space!

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