WNA Advocacy Workshop: Leadership, Communication and Policy for Nurses

Friday, September 28 – Saturday, September 29, 2018

Begins Friday Evening, 6:00 PM at The Madison Concourse Hotel
Saturday includes a visit to The Wisconsin State Capitol
Madison, WI

Location and Directions


Join the Wisconsin Nurses Association and your fellow colleagues at the Madison Concourse Hotel and the Wisconsin State Capitol for a workshop that will take you from a policy novice to advocacy expert! This two-day workshop will inform and entertain with relevant topics on nursing leadership, communication & policy training. It may be especially helpful to those in nursing faculty, positions, graduate level nursing students, other nursing associations, and anyone who wants to learn more about nursing in health policy.
8 Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) contact hours will be offered for completion of the two-day workshop.

Registration to this workshop will also include one year of guidance, networking and continuing education through:

  • Quarterly networking sessions
  • Mentoring opportunities with nurse policy experts
  • Policy and legislative updates from WNA
  • Discounted registration to 2019 Nurses Day at the Capitol
  • Opportunity to present at the 2019 Nurses Day at the Capitol

This event was planned by members of WNA’s Public Policy Council and the NP Forum Mutual Interest Group.

Preliminary Agenda

Presenters and Facilitators:

  • Mary Beck Metzger, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, APNP
  • Tina Bettin, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, APNP
  • Jessica Coburn, PhD, MSN, RN, CNL
  • Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
  • Linda Gobis, RN, MN, JD
  • Pat Keller, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
  • Megan LeClair-Netzel, DNP, RN, AGCNS-BC
  • Forbes McIntosh, President, Government Policy Solutions, LLC
  • Barbara L. Nichols, PhD (hon.), MS, RN, FAAN
  • Judy Robson, BSN, MS
  • Kimberly A. Udlis, PhD, FNP-BC, APNP, FAANP
  • Burton A. Wagner, JD
  • Linda Young, PhD, RN, CNE, CFLE

Friday evening Presenter Spotlight – we’re so proud to welcome…

Karen Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN served from 2010 to 2014 as the president of the American Nurses Association – the nation’s largest nursing organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.5 million registered nurses.  Daley spent her entire nursing career at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston until January of 1999 when she left clinical practice due to a needlestick injury that resulted in her infection with both HIV and hepatitis C.  Since that time, she has been actively engaged on a state, national and international level as an advocate for sharps injury prevention.  Over the past 18 years, Daley has traveled to more than 43 US states as well as Europe, Asia and Australia in her ongoing campaign to educate nurses, students, health care administrators and legislators on the importance of needlestick injury prevention.  In recognition of the integral role she played in the passage of federal legislation to amend the 1991 OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and mandate use of safety-engineered sharps, Daley was among those invited to the Oval Office to witness President Clinton sign the Needlestick Safety Prevention Act into law on November 6, 2000.  In 2006, in recognition of the national and international impact of her needlestick injury prevention advocacy, she was recognized as a living nursing legend by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, and was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing.  In 2008, she was a recipient of the International Sharps Injury Prevention Award.

Barbara L. Nichols, PhD (hon.), MS, RN, FAAN As a former WNA and ANA president, I have testified at State and Congressional hearings about the critical and contributing role that nurses play in the care and safety of patients.




Judy Robson, RN, MSN
was considered the “nurse legislator” and received the ‘Nurse of the Century’ award from WNA before retiring as a Wisconsin State Senator. Her motion, which became law, helped fund the Wisconsin Center for Nursing with an increase in the nurse licensure fee. It also required nurses to provide detailed information on their work status via the Nursing Workforce Survey – now every two years the state has a detailed report on the status of the nursing workforce. Her bill, now law, created prescriptive authority for advanced practice nurses in Wisconsin. At the request of school nurses, she was able to change the immunization law for students. Judy also introduced bills to prevent mandatory overtime for nurses. She worked with Nurse Midwives and introduced a bill to allow admitting privileges in hospitals, and with SANE nurses to introduce a law called ‘Compassionate Care for Rape Victims’.

Registration Information:

  • Online registration only
  • Have your ANA/WNA Membership number on hand to register at a discounted rate. Not a member and interested in joining? click here
  • Registration deadline: September 24, 2018

$150 – Regular Registration Fee
$125 – Discounted Rate for WNA Member
$100 – Discounted Rate for Undergrad Nursing Student



Overnight Accommodations:

If you wish to reserve a room for Friday, September 28 at The Concourse Hotel, please contact Allison at the WNA office allison@wisconsinnurses.org or 608-221-0383 x 201.  The reservation deadline for the room block has passed, but she may be able to add a limited number of rooms.

QUESTIONS? Contact Allison at the WNA office at Allison@wisconsinnurses.org or 608.221.0380 ext. 201

Wisconsin Nurses Association is approved with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.