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 CDC‐National 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, co‐chaired 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?”