Wisconsin Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (WIACNS)

CNSs Across Wisconsin - The APRN Modernization Act is Being Reintroduced and We NEED Your Support

Posted 17 days ago by Anne Putzer

On February 21st, CNSs, NPs, CRNAs, and CNMs from across the state participated in APRN Lobby Day at the capitol in Madison, Wisconsin.  CNSs came out in full force and spent time meeting with legislators to discuss the importance of passing the APRN Modernization Act. The bill focuses on title protection and full practice authority for all four APRN roles.         

Senator Patrick Testin (pictured to the right) has reintroduced the APRN Modernization Act LRB-0589/1. The proposal was forwarded to all of Wisconsin’s State Senators and Assembly Representatives asking that they sign on as a co-sponsor. How can you help to ensure this happens? Contact your legislators today! Ask that they sign-on as a co-sponsor to LRB-0589/1, The APRN Modernization Act. 

The sign-on deadline is March 17th. Senator Rachael Cabral Guevara and Senator Kelda Roys have signed on as 2nd and 3rd co-sponsors and Representative Gae Magnafici is the sponsor for the Assembly draft.  The language of this drafted bill is very similar to the legislative bill that was passed by both houses during the last legislative session. WNA and our four lobbyists continue to work with the Wisconsin Medical Society to gain consensus on the bill’s language. 

When contacting your legislators, please let them know your area of practice and what you bring to patient care. AND...The benefits of the APRN Modernization Act...  only use two reasons

  • Protects the public with truth and transparency about the responsibility and accountability of APRN practice through the creation of a separate licensure.
  • Eliminates unnecessary barriers that have proven to provide no value to the delivery and safety of APRN care and services.
  • Increases access and the delivery of safe care for patients residing in the rural areas of the state and those populations with high health disparities.
  • Modernizes antiquated language to reflect the expected evidence-based APRN practice that has been adopted in 26 states.


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WIACNS leaders remain committed to advocating for the CNS role, and ensuring that the voice of our membership is heard at the state and national level.  We look forward to continuing to serve you and the needs of the CNS role.   For questions related to the current legislative activities, please contact MaryAnn Moon, Chair of the WIACNS Legislative Committee (maryann.moon@froedtert.com).