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  • 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 KevinMD.com, 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 KevinMD.com 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 wcapnstaff@wcapn.org. 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!
  • 20 Nov 2017 4:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Call for Nominations for the AANP 2018 election opened, Wednesday, November 1. The deadline for nomination applications to be received by AANP is November 30, 2017.

    AANP members in good standing for the 12 months prior to November 1, 2017 (with no lapse in membership), may submit their information for consideration as a candidate in the 2018 election. The term of office for Board of Directors and State Representatives is two years; the President-elect term is one year, followed by two years as President, with a fourth year as Immediate Past President. Term of office for the Nominations Committee is three years. All elected officers begin their term at the close of the AANP 2018 National Conference that will be held in Denver June 26 – July 1, 2018. Visit aanp.org for more information.
  • 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.  

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