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Wyoming Nursing Summit and Convention

September 24–25, 2015

Best Western Ramkota Hotel

Casper, Wyoming


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Wyoming Nurses Association

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Phone: 307.462.2600 • www.wyonurse.org

TABLE OF CONTENTS

2015 Summit and WNA Convention Information

Summit and Convention Schedule of Events. ....................................... 6

Sponsors. .................................................................... 9

Exhibitors. ................................................................... 9

WNA Annual Meeting Information and Reports

WNA Mission Statement and Goals. ............................................. 13

WNA Board of Directors. ...................................................... 14

Annual Meeting Agenda. ...................................................... 15

2014 Annual Meeting Minutes. ................................................. 16

WNA 2015 Strategic Plan. ..................................................... 19

WNA Legislative Agenda. ..................................................... 20

President. ................................................................... 21

Executive Director. ........................................................... 23

WNA Financial Roadmap. ..................................................... 24

Lobbyist . ................................................................... 31

District Reports from 2, 12, 16 and 17. ........................................... 33

Wyoming Nurse Leadership Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

ANA Membership Assembly. ................................................... 37

2015 Leadership Candidates .................................................... 39

2015 Proposed Bylaws ......................................................... 42

Appendix

WNA Past Award Winners ..................................................... 57

WNA Bylaws ................................................................ 60

WNA Membership Application. ................................................. 79

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and WNA

Convention Information

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Congratulations

to our 2015

ADN Graduates!

For more information about

our programs

call 307-328-9274 or visit us at

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FCNs nurture the body, mind and

spirit through health education,

early intervention, disease prevention

and personal relationships

Learn more about Faith Community Nursing

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Wyoming Health Council

Visit: www.wyhc.org

Email: ahubbard@wyhc.org

Call: 307.632.3640

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Sponsorships

Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency

Signature Sponsor

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

General Sponsorship

Ivinson Memorial Hospital

Breakfast

Sheridan Memorial Hospital

Chagrining Station Sponsor

US Army Health Care

Refreshment Break Sponsorship

Wyoming Behavioral Institute

Refreshment Break Sponsorship

Wyoming Medical Center

Lanyard Sponsor

THANK YOU!

Exhibitors

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

The Gideons International

Hurst Review Services

Northwest Nazarene University

Sheridan Memorial Hospital

US Army Health Care

Wyoming Cancer Resource Services

Wyoming Behavioral Institute

Wyoming Medical Center

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4. Together everyone achieves more.

For more information, visit www.nowcapservices.org.

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WNA Annual Meeting

Information and Reports

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We have a full-time staff devoted to caring for each individual to help meet their highest

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Telephone 307-265-3740

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The Wyoming Nurses Association is the

professional organization for registered nurses in Wyoming.

Mission:

To promote the profession of nursing, provide a unified voice for nurses and advocate for a

healthier Wyoming.

Vision:

Nurses joined in caring for each other and our profession.

Values:

Unity, Advocacy, Service, and Access to Care.

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WNA Board of Directors

President

Secretary

Anne Raga ♦ District 10 Marianne Madariaga ♦ District 2

Home: 307-688-1527 Home: 307-333-2926

Work: 307-688-1907 Work: 307-268-2485

Email: anne.raga@ccmh.net

Email: mmadariaga@caspercollege.edu

President-Elect

Treasurer

Dee Gilson Vickie Winney ♦ District 2

Home: 307-752-0934 Home: 307-351-3023

Email: deeser@live.com

Email: vickie.winney@ewc.wy.edu

Vice President

Tammy Krell ♦ District 17

Home: 307-877-3165

Email: tamkrell@hotmail.com

Past President

Vacant

District Presidents and Chairs

#1 Cheyenne

Shelley Evans

#16 Cody/Powell

Home: 307-632-4651

Melissa McMillen

Email: shellrose@bresnan.net Home: 307-754-6479

Email: melissa.mcmillen@nwc.edu

#2 Casper

Jane Hartsock

#17 Evanston/Kemmerer

Home: 970-613-1598

Shelly Tholl

Email: jharts7440@aol.com Home: 307-789-6227

Email: stholl@wwcc.wy.edu

#10 Gillette

Alicia LePard

WNLI

Home: 307-687-7803

Mary Behrens

Work: 307-688-2371 Cell: 307-262-2598

Email: alepard@highdeserthealthcare.org

Email: marybehrens1942@icloud.com

#12 Laramie Bylaws

Rebecca Carron

Veronica Taylor

Home: 307-721-4058 Cell: 307-660-6452

Work: 307-760-1609

Email: vftaylor@gmail.com

Email: rcarron@bresnan.net

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“The Membership Voice”

WNA Annual Meeting

Friday, September 25, 2015

8:00 to 9:00 am

I. Call to Order

II.

III.

IV.

Roll Call of Board of Directors and District Membership Representation

Declaration of Quorum

Review the Agenda

V. Approval of September 25, 2014 Annual Meeting Minutes

VI.

VII.

WNA Financials

WNA Strategic Plan

VIII. Membership questions/discussion regarding written reports in the annual book

IX.

New Business/Action Required

1. 2015 Proposed Bylaw Changes

2. Motions from the Board of Directions

3. Motions from the Membership

X. Recognition of Outgoing Board Members

XI.

XII.

Tellers Report

1. Introduction of new officers (Vice President and Secretary)

Adjournment

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Wyoming Nurses Association Annual Meeting

Date: September 25, 2014

WNA Members Present: Tobi Lyon Moore, Executive Director; Anne Raga, President Elect; Marianne Madariaga,

Secretary; Vickie Winney, Treasurer ; Kathy Luzmoor; Jane Hartsock, DNA President; #2 Dee

Gilson, DNA President #3; Melissa McMillan, DNA President #16; Shelly Tholl, DNA President

#17; Toni Decklever, Lobbyist;

Absent: Tammy Krell, Vice President; Faith Jones, Past President, Rebecca Carron, DNA President #12

and Sue Howard.

TOPIC

I. Call to Order

DISCUSSION

ACTION

I. A. Raga for Lisa Horton

Noted

II. Roll Call of Board of

Directors and District

Membership Representation

II. 1. District # 1 – 2

2. District # 2 – 6

3. District # 3 – 2

4. District # 6 – 2

5. District # 10 – 0

6. District # 12 – 3

7. District # 14 – 0

8. District # 15 – 0

9. District # 16 – 0

10. District # 17 – 1

11. District # 50 – 1

Noted

III. Declaration of Quorum

III. Five present per bylaws (3 Executive and 2 WNA

members).

Quorum present.

IV. Review of Agenda

IV. No new items added

Approved by all.

V. Approval of September

27, 2013 Annual Meeting

Minutes

V. Motioned by K. Luzmoor and seconded by D. Gilson.

Approved by all.

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VI. Financial Report

VII. WNA Strategic Plan

VIII. Membership questions/

discussion regarding written

reports in the annual

book.

VI. a. Deferred to T. Lyon Moore - See attached on page

27. Motioned by T. Decklever and seconded by H.

Huber.

b. Account balances: US Bank Checking, $32,676.95;

Education Loan Fund, $2,669.83; US Bank CE

Fund, $1,598.10; Mainstay Investment, $87,960.90.

VII. a. Refer to pages 14 &15.

b. Retreat scheduled for 10/25/2104 in Casper.

c. T. Decklever – We need to refer back to the idea

brought up in the past on how to engage the new

graduates and younger career nurses.

d. M. Burman – We need to completely revision who we

are. The goals listed do not speak to who we are.

e. M. McMillan – We need to tap into the energy of

SNA. We need to ask “What motivates you? How do

you show our enthusiasm?” We need to invest in that.

Students remind us of our own enthusiasm.

f. S. Delger – Long ago it was expected from our school

and employer to be involved in WNA. We need to

offer something special for students. Our expectations

need to be built up.

g. Toni D. – We need to join forces for SNA/WNA. We

need to strengthen SNA for WNA.

h. M. McMillan – We have to find out what the younger

nurses and students are passionate about. WNA is not

visible enough. We are missing the younger nurses.

i. A. Raga – We need to make ourselves relevant to

what excites them.

j. Toni D. – I suggest we all go to the younger nurse and

ask what they need.

VIII. No discussion.

Approved by all.

Noted.

Noted.

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IX. New Business/ Action

Required

X. Outgoing President’s

Message

XI. Tellers’ Report

XII. Announcements and

Adjournment

IX. A. Proposed changes to WNA District Structure.

1. D. Gilson explained rationale behind changing

from districts to regions. Maps shown for proposed

regions. (see pages 36-37)

2. D. Gilson also explained the new proposed WNA

fee structure and why it needs to be standardized.

3. T. Lyon Moore explained the financial risk being

taken with vacant districts that have accounts.

X. A. Outgoing President’s Message

1. T. Decklever read farewell message sent by L.

Horton.

2. Gavel passed to A. Raga

XI. A. Teller for Electronic votes – H. Huber and

J. Hartsock.

1. President Elect - D. Gilson

2. Treasurer – V. Winney

XII. A. Announcements and Adjournment:

1. Strategic Planning Saturday, October 25,

8:30 to 2:00, Casper.

2. Nurses Day at Legislature, February 5-6, 2015 in

Cheyenne.

Respectfully Submitted by Marianne Madariaga, MSN, RN

WNA Secretary

Unanimous vote to change from

districts to regions. Unanimous

votes to change WNA fees to

standardized across the state.

Congratulations.

Congratulations.

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Mission: To promote the profession of nursing, provide a unified voice for nurses and advocate for a healthier Wyoming.

Vision: Nurses joined in caring for each other and our profession.

Values: Unity, Advocacy, Service, and Access to Care

Strategic Plan 2015

Strategies to Achieve Goals:

Proactive and clear strategy to achieve results Strategic messaging Collaboration and strategic partnering

Data-driven decision making Member engagement Involvement from members

• Nurses Day at the

Legislature

• Send two members to

ANAI. WNA would pay

for one and the other

member to attend if they

are able to secure an ANA

scholarship

• Develop and Host a

NCLEX Educational Review

Program

• Wyoming Nurse

Leadership Institute

• Define the structure,

regional guidelines and

financial component to

transition from districts

into five regions.

• Bylaws

• Each region to have a

regional representative

from the board

• Develop better online

communication and

marking promotional

pieces to use as

communication tools.

• Centralize and revamp

the engagement level of

members for the annual

convention. Develop the

committee from members

all across the state.

• Support the

development and

facilitate the formation

of a Wyoming State

Student Nurses

Association.

• Work with the

Prevention Management

Organization of Wyoming

on a statewide intuitive

on QPR training for

suicide prevention.

• Grow and foster WNA

Affiliate Membership.

Goal: Redefine our organization and make it relevant for all nurses in Wyoming.

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WNA Legislative Agenda

Tammy Krell and Dee Gilson, Legislative Co-Chairs

Membership in the Wyoming Nurses Association gives you a voice in the places where important decisions

are made both at the state and national levels in regards to nursing practice and health care. The WNA

Legislative Agenda is set by a membership ballot and updated every year. The WNA Board of Directors and

lobbyist use the agenda statements for reference when promoting the WNA position on legislative issues.

Access

• Improved access for early

detection and prevention

• Develop a health care

system which includes

patient accountability

• Expansion, coordination

and utilization of efficient

care models

• Health promotion

coverage (physical and

mental health, dental,

vision, etc.) for healthy

and chronically ill adults

and children to improve

quality of life and reduce

high end treatment costs

Professional

Practice

• Advanced Practice Nurses

should have ability to

practice to the full extent of

their preparation and training

• Bachelor’s preparation

within 10 years of graduation

from AD program (current

nurses “grandfathered”; any

legislation would affect future

nurses)

• Financial assistance and

reduced work time for

practicing nurses pursuing

bachelor’s degrees

• The utilization of Advanced

Practice Nurses as primary

care providers for underserved

populations through public

health nursing

• Career tracks that keep

experience and advanced

degrees at the bedside

Affordability

• Coverage for those who

fall between being able

to afford private health

insurance and qualify for

Medicaid, Medicare – i.e.

“gap insurance”

• Expansion of wellness

benefits from private

insurance and work places

• Healthcare billing

transparency (hospitals,

physicians, residential

care etc.)

Considered additions to Strategic Plan

• An active liaison with student nurses associations

• Leadership training in healthcare workplaces

• Mentorship programs in the workplace

• Patient advocacy “the courage to put patients first”

• Provide and support opportunities for nurses to be involved in community and world health care

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President’s Message

Anne Raga

Greetings! Thank you for taking time to read about what YOUR nursing association has been doing for the

past year.

I had the honor of taking office in September of 2014. The Board, which includes elected officers and

district presidents met for strategic planning in October, and created a new strategic plan to guide our

efforts for the next two years. Our overall goal was to redefine our organization and make it relevant

for all nurses in Wyoming. To achieve that goal we defined initiatives and tactics under the headings of

membership, partners, advocacy, structure and quality and innovation. The strategic plan can be viewed

on our website, www.wyonurse.org and is located under the “About” tab. I will highlight a few of our efforts

and accomplishments below.

One of our membership goals was to develop better online communication. Historically, we were sending

out multiple emails with small bits of information. In our world of information overload, we knew many of

our emails were being deleted. To address this, we began sending out a monthly online newsletter which

highlights upcoming events, educational opportunities and news you need to know. Anyone can submit

information to our Executive Director, Tobi Moore to be included in the newsletter.

Another change under Membership was to revamp our convention and annual meeting to better engage

members. Rather than moving the convention around the state to be organized by various districts,

convention will now be held in Casper each year, and organized by a committee of members from across

the state.

In the area of Partners, we wanted to support and facilitate the formation of a Wyoming Student Nurses

Association. I am happy to report that this was accomplished under the leadership of Melissa McMillan.

Another opportunity in this area was to find ways to collaborate with other organizations in the state

who are focused on quality of life for Wyoming residents. We chose to work with the Prevention

Management Organization (PMO) of Wyoming . The PMO is the umbrella group for groups working on

suicide prevention, substance abuse, tobacco prevention, etc. across the state. President-elect Dee Gilson

represented WNA at a statewide meeting this spring, and was able to network with many organizations

who are interested in working with us. We chose the issue of Suicide Prevention as our primary focus this

year, with the goal of having nurses across the state engaging with their local suicide prevention groups to

bring support and community awareness.

In the area of Advocacy, we hosted a successful Nurses Day at the Legislature and were active in getting the

Wyoming Investment in Nursing (WYiN) funding extended. We sent Vice President Tammy Krell to the

American Nurses Advocacy Institute (ANAI). The purpose of the Institute is to teach nurses how to be

advocates in the political arena. Participants are to select a local issue to work on as they progress through

the education process. Look for more to come from Tammy on this topic.

Organizational structure has been our big focus over the last 12 months. At the meeting in 2014 the board

was directed to create a model to move WNA from a district to a regional structure. Many of our districts

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are inactive, which leaves a large number of our members without representation, and we believe a regional

structure will help to alleviate that. You have received a copy of the proposed by-laws changes which will

be voted upon at the annual meeting. If passed, the regional structure will be implemented. We expect this

to be a “work-in-progress” for at least a year.

Under Quality and Innovation, we voted to continue to support the Wyoming Nurse Leadership Institute

(WNLI). This was formerly a joint project between WNA and the Wyoming Center for Nursing and

Healthcare Professionals. The grant funding for WNLI ended, but we felt the program had significant value

and we will continue to support it independently.

As I write this, I realize we really have been busy this year! I want to express my heart-felt gratitude to all

the board members who have worked diligently this year to help us accomplish so much. My thanks go out

also to Tobi Moore, our ED, who does so much for this organization. It is a challenging and exciting time

for nursing nationwide, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve with these wonderful people as we

strive to make a difference for the nurses in Wyoming!

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Executive Director’s Report

Tobi Lyon Moore, MBA, CAE, CFRE

Currently the Executive Director is only a part time contract position. I have been on contract since 2005

and currently hold a three year contract that goes until June 30, 2017.

Lobbyist: Toni Decklever is contracted as the WNA lobbyist. Toni’s contract was renewed for the 2016

legislative session also during June’s board meeting. Toni has been on contract since 2007.

Communications: The “Wyoming Nurse” is mailed quarterly to all nurses who hold license in Wyoming as

a service to nurses and for WNA visibility and promotion. With more than 80% of WNA members having

an email address on file we provide several updates and communication pieces via internet and WNA list

serve and will continue to increase our updates and information to members as the year goes on. This past

year we started a monthly newsletter that is emailed out the 2nd week of every month. WNA website

www.wyonurse.org has online registration for convention and nurses day at the legislature.

Membership: As of June 2015, WNA membership consists of 339 (327 WNA/ANA members and 12 WNA

only members).

In June 2014, WNA membership consists of 340 (323 WNA/ANA members and 17 WNA only members).

In June of 2013 WNA membership consisted of 339 (326 WNA/ANA members and 13 WNA only

members).

Our total affiliate members as of June 2015 is 202, which is an increase of 57 members since June 2015, as

we added the CRNA’s in February as affiliates.

As in years past WNA continues to look for ways to grow membership and retain the members we have.

Thank you to all the WNA members for knowing the importance of your membership, and the hard work

that you put into this organization and most of all your dedication to the nursing profession. I encourage

all members to share their views as to why you are a member and to remain involved in WNA. With every

member doing this WNA will be able to reach their overall membership goals.

Thank you for allowing me the past 10 years to serve as your Executive Director. I have enjoyed getting

to know each of you and truly cherish everything we have accomplished and look forward to the new and

exciting adventures that await us!

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Wyoming Nurses Association

2015 Annual Financial Report

Prepared by Tobi Lyon Moore, Executive Director

Introduction:

This document contains highlights of WNA’s financial results for the fiscal year July 1, 2014 through

June 30, 2015. It also contains information regarding the July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 budget and

opportunities and challenges that continue to face our Association.

Financial Results for 2014/2015:

In 2011/2012, the Association had a profit of almost $6,000, in 2012/2013 we had a profit of again $6,000

and last year 2013/2014 we had a profit of $8,783.56. This is the first time in 3 years we had a net loss of

$1,138.67. There are two reasons for this:

1. We had budgeted to make $12,200 from convention, however we only made a profit of $5,212.86.

Which resulted in a loss of $6,987.14 to assist in balancing the bottom line for the association.

2. WNA website was out of date and membership wanted to be able to register online for

conferences and/or events. WNA did a new website and other online communication tools and

spent $4,013.61 on this new system. WNA also moved to a cloud base system to back up files and

archives, during the move to a new website.

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Lobbyist Report

Toni Decklever, MA, RN, WNA Lobbyist

The Wyoming Nurses Association follows the bills that address our Legislative Agenda and draft legislation

from the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee (LHSS). This committee has been working for the

past two years to address Medicaid Expansion in our state. Though several bills were drafted during the

2015 session, none of them made it through the process.

WNA’s biggest victory was the extension to 2020 of the Wyoming Investment in Nursing (WyIN) funding.

There were a couple minor amendments that were adopted to the current statute including removing the

required year of teaching experience as part of the criteria to apply for graduate degree funding assistance

and allowing teaching at a community college as part of the payoff for doctoral education assistance.

Though many bills did not make it through the entire process, it is possible that the committee or

legislative sponsor will try to get it through next year when the body meets for the 2016 budget session.

Some pieces of draft legislation will come from interim studies and committee meetings that are held

between June and January.

The first interim meeting held by the Labor Health and Social Services Committee took place on June 8-9

in Casper. The Labor, Health and Social Services Committee had several items that were discussed. These

items are based on the Priority List that was developed at the end of the 2015 session.

Priority #: 1 Health Care System Problems

Health care access and affordability continue to be the main health related problem. The Committee will study:

• Primary care, especially for non-Medicaid eligible persons below 100% of poverty level;

• Various models of hospital organization, governance, administration and funding as they affect market,

funding and regulatory difficulties;

• Funding problems and regulatory issues related to safety net programs such as qualified health centers,

rural health clinics and home and community based providers;

• Methods to encourage medical homes.

Priority #: 2 Response to federal actions/initiatives

The Committee will monitor and respond to federal actions/initiatives, which may include:

• The decision in King v. Burwell regarding availability of tax subsidies in states with a federally operated

exchange;

• The effect of the Affordable Care Act on small employer groups and the Wyoming Small Employer

Health Reinsurance (WISER) program;

• The Affordable Care Act and the status of the Miner’s Hospital as a primary care provider;

• Other federal requirements regarding supervised agencies that need immediate action.

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Priority #: 3 Medical Education, Retention and Service Gaps

The state’s medical education programs directly impact health care provider availability. The Committee

will study status and effectiveness regarding:

• WWAMI;

• The Wyoming Family Practice Residency program, including potential outreach and service to

underserved areas;

• Nursing education incentive programs, including possible adoption of the Interstate Nurse Licensure

Compact.

Priority #: 4 Review of Reports

The Committee currently receives numerous reports from the departments of Health, Workforce Services

and Family Services. The Committee will respond as necessary to issues raised by the reports. In particular,

the Committee will review a report regarding the worker’s compensation experience modification rate and

the Governor’s report on homelessness in Wyoming.

Priority #: 5 Workforce Safety

Study workforce safety programs and enforcement, including the use of compliance assistance grants.

Committee meetings are open meetings that anyone can attend. The schedule is posted on the Wyoming

Legislature Website. They will be held in August, October and January. WNA members are encouraged to

attend these meetings in order to provide information to the LHSS committee. For more information or if you

have questions, please contact Toni Decklever at tonisrn@gmail.com

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Casper District 2

Jane Hartsock, President

Meetings:

General Meetings:

There were 3 general District #2 Meetings: October 30, 2014, February 26, 2015 and May 7, 2015.

Content:

October 30, 2014: Fall legislative meeting. Toni Deklever was the presenter and numerous

legislators and nominees were present. There were 32 RNs and NSs present.

February 26, 2015: This meeting focused on a clinical topic. The title of the presentation was

“Managing the Care of the Patient with Chronic Pain” by Jane Hartsock, APRN, CNS-BC

certified in Medical Pain Management. There were 25 RNs and NSs present.

May 7, 2015 was the District #2 Annual Celebration of National Nurses Week and Social. There

were 38 RNs and NSs present. The meeting was held at the Petroleum Club in Casper, WY.

Board Meetings:

2014-2015 Board Meetings: 6/27/14, 10/9/14, 1/15/15, 3/26/15, 4/16/15, 6/17/15.

2015-2016 Meetings:

General Meetings: 10/22/15 (Fall Program), 2/25/16 (Clinical Topic) and 5/12/15 (tentative)

Celebration of Nurses Week and Social.

Board Meetings: 8/20/15, 9/17/15, 1/21/16, and 4/7/16.

Officers:

President (2014-2016) Jane Hartsock,

President-Elect (2014-2016) Marianne Madariaga,

Vice President (2015-2017) Sara Johnson,

Secretary (2015-2017) Suzey Delger,

Treasurer (2014-2016) Patti Legler,

Board Member (2014-2016) Amber Mellema,

Board Member (2015-2017) Nubia Arana.

Membership:

We are actively striving to increase our membership. Communication is accomplished through emails. We

continue to reach out to nurses throughout the district in various practice settings. At present we have100

members. The board and officers are continually striving to improve our networking and membership. It was

decided in 2014 that we offer one clinical program that provides CEUs to improve appeal to clinical nurses.

I personally want to thank the officers and board members for the tireless work in making this year a success

for District #2. Without their help nothing could have been accomplished: Thank You.

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Laramie District 12

Rebecca Carron, President

Current Officers:

President: Rebecca Carron

Vice-President: Vacant

Secretary: Elizabeth Huffsmith

Treasurer: Caitlin Vasquez

Meeting Schedule and Content:

4 Times over past year (all meetings were in conjunction with the Alpha Pi Chapter of sigma Theta Tau at UW)

1. Friday, Nov 7: 8 nurses from health care agencies in Laramie gathered to discuss nursing opportunities

with students from the UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.

2. Dec. 1: Pizza Party for students at UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing to discuss nursing

organizations.

3. Tuesday, March 3, 2015: General Meeting to discuss general direction of WNA.

4. Tuesday, May 5, 2015: Nurses Day Celebration/Toni Decklever guest speaker.

Membership: Approximately 25 members.

Powell/Cody District 16

Melissa McMillen, President

Meetings: There have been no meetings this fiscal year.

Officers:

President: Melissa McMillen, Cody Wyoming

Secretary/Treasurer: Kelli Martin, Cody Wyoming

Vice President: Davette Frey, Cody Wyoming

Membership: Membership has declined slightly.

Our district is inactive. We do have officers, but we have not had any meetings or activities. The consensus

was to revitalize once we switch to a regional format.

Evanston/Kemmerer District 17

Lynn Rogers, District Secretary

District #17 did not hold any meetings this year. The current officers are Shelly Tholl (President and

Vice President) and Lynn Rogers (Secretary and Treasurer). Communication was maintained through

occasional e mail updates, review of the Wyoming Nurse Publication, legislative reports and additional

information from the ANA. As of 6/30/2015, the district has $415.58 at Bank of the West in Kemmerer.

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Wyoming Nurse Leadership Institute (WNLI)

Mary Behrens, Chair

For 2015 WNLI the group looked at the future and sustainability of WNLI. The next program is WNLI

# 6—Which will start in Casper at the annual Convention and Nursing Summit. We have been working

very hard to fund LEO that is “Leading and Empowered Organization.” Tuition does not cover the cost of

this exciting program. One fundraiser was held this spring at Mary Behrens home and our second fundraiser

will be held Thursday evening during Convention at Cheryl Wraspers’ lovely home. It is hoped that the

nurses of Wyoming and Nurses who have gone through the WNLI program will come for this lovely event.

The Cost to bring LEO to Wyoming is $12,000.00. It is an excellent course and gives Nurses the tools to

go back to their employers and work on Empowered Leadership. Dr. Maria Kidner took a Leo course and

brought the concepts to the Country of Rwanda.

Here is a brief History of the program and goals:

INTRODUCTION

WNLI (Wyoming Nurse Leadership Institute) was developed 6 years ago with a $10,000 grant from the

Center for Nurses to begin the development of a nurse leadership program. It was under the sponsorship of

WNA. Two WNA board members Veronica Taylor and Susan Howard developed the program with input

from the WNA board. This business plan is to ask WNA to continue to provide leadership, direction and

financial oversight for the WNLI program.

WNLI has run annual sessions during a 9-month time frame with four face-to-face sessions. WNLI offers

leadership development education for nurse leaders and future nurse leaders from all around Wyoming.

Wyoming nurse leaders developed this project and many of the presenters are volunteer nurses from

Wyoming. Participants are Registered nurses from many different venues of nursing throughout our state.

WNLI has always been sponsored by WNA and the last five years the Wyoming Center for Nurses and

Healthcare Partnerships. The Center became involved as the IOM report included Nursing Leadership as

a high priority and WNLI fit the requirements for a Workforce Grant and 3 Robert Wood Johnson Grants.

At this point in time there is no financial support from the center for WNLI. 6 years ago Wyoming Nurses

identified a serious lack of nursing knowledge in several areas critical to effective leadership in nursing.

WNLI was developed to address those knowledge deficits and to provide networking opportunities and

mentors for nurse leaders in Wyoming. WNLI has been extremely successful, feedback collected by WSAC

from both participants and their employers was extremely positive.

Goals for the program:

Provide education in areas identified as essential for Wyoming Nurse Leaders and advance nurse leaders

(IOM report)

Provide a networking opportunity for nurse leaders throughout Wyoming.

Provide mentors for nurse leaders.

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WNA. To promote the profession of nursing, provide a unified voice for nurses, and advocate for a

healthier Wyoming.

WNLI promotes the profession of nursing and promotes membership in professional organizations,

including WNA.

WNLI now must develop a process to sustain itself. Several interested members of WNA, Veronica, Susan,

Vicki Winney, and Mary Behrens have discussed WNLI and would like to propose the following:

• WNLI would be a project of WNA and would be under the direction of the WNA board.

• WNLI would have two WNA members who would be the coordinators of WNLI

• WNA membership/board would be review the WNLI agenda and provide direction and approval of the

coordinators recommendations.

• The WNA board would review all financial aspects of WNLI.

• WNLI would not be offered from June 2014 to July 2015.

• The next WNLI would occur July 2015 – May 2015 and marketing would begin in spring of 2015.

• This year sabbatical would allow fund raising. Training of new coordinators and board review of current

content and delivery methods.

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ANA Membership Assembly

Dee Gilson, WNA President-Elect

During the week of July 22-26, 2015 I started my first orientation and integration into the ANA Membership

Assembly in Washington, D.C. Representatives throughout the nation gathered to work on ANA nursing policy,

by-laws and started dialogue on issues as “Fostering an Ethical Environment and Culture;” “Infection Prevention

and Control Issues in the United States;” and “Public Reporting Advancing Patient Safety and Quality.”

Dialogue and recommendations came out of the discussions and forums on these issues being addressed this year.

Anne Raga, WNA President and I teamed up to make sure we attended all forums so Wyoming had a voice in

development and recommendations given to the ANA board on what we need to work on next year and the

support we all need from ANA to assist on these very important issues.

In attending the Infection Control Forum the themes were:

• Increased globalization has resulted in a real threat and ongoing threat of the spread of existing and emerging

infectious diseases. (Ebola and Reducing Healthcare Acquired Infections).

• Despite all we know, effective infection control prevention and control practices, both individual and

organizational, are not consistently employed in healthcare settings. This presents a significant opportunity to

identify and eliminate barriers to best infection control practices.

Through recommendations from the participants ANA Reference Committee was able to recommend and support:

1. Engaging with internal and external stakeholders to provide ongoing and “just-in-time” education

about infection control and prevention and disaster response.

2. Support Constituent/State Nurses Associations efforts to communicate, both internally and externally,

during crisis situations.

3. Identify and disseminate innovative strategies to engage nurses in broad infection protection and

disaster preparedness activities.

All in all I was able to gain experience and participate on how nursing policy is done at the national level.

The WNA delegation was very successful in meeting and getting support from “all” of our representatives in

the Senate and House of Representatives. This shows the relationship and respect they have for nursing and

healthcare. I was able to get a great understanding on how ANA strategically and actively works on issues and

healthcare concerns throughout the nation.

Lastly, We were able to recommend and revise by-laws that will affect the structure of the Membership Assembly

and new “Leadership Council” to provide the education needed to new presidents and participants. The final day

was closed with the newly elected officers for ANA being announced and a review of all our work for the week at

Membership Assembly.

I will keep the WNA board updated with events and we will get this information out to all our nurses through

our web and meetings.

Thanks for the opportunity to serve all of WNA and Wyoming Nurses at such a significant event for nursing in

the nation. Wyoming does have a voice that matters.

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WNA Leadership Elections

The Wyoming Nurses Association (WNA) membership will elect the following leadership positions to serve

on the WNA Board of Directors beginning October 2015 to serve until September 2017. Election results will

be announced during the WNA Annual meeting on Friday, September 25, 2015 in Casper, Wyoming.

Elected in 2015 by Statewide Ballot for a two year term is

Vice President

Secretary

Duties of each office:

The Vice-President shall assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President and President-

Elect. The Vice-President shall serve as Chairperson of the Membership and Co-Chair Nurses Day at

the Legislature. The Vice-President shall serve as the elected First Alternate to the ANA Membership

Assembly.

The Secretary shall be responsible for ensuring that records are maintained of meetings of the WNA, the

Board of Directors, and Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, and shall notify members of the

meetings of WNA. The Secretary shall serve as the elected Third Alternate to the ANA Membership

Assembly.

Ballot 2015

Vice President

(Vote for One) o Suzey Delger

o Tammy Krell

o ________________

Secretary

(Vote for One) o Susan Howard

o ________________

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Meet the 2015 Candidates

Name: Suzey J. Delger

City: Casper

District: #2

Professional Education: BSN and MSN from University of Wyoming

Area of Practice: Nursing Education

Present Position: Director of Nursing at Eastern Wyoming College-Douglas Campus

Professional Organization Activities at District (Region), Council, State, National

Level(s) for the past five years, including Student Association office: District Secretary for WNA

District 2; Faculty representative for the Student Nurses Association; Wyoming School Nurses Association

(Served as President, Treasurer, Education Chair); and National Director for the National Association of

School Nurses

Position Statement:

I am submitting my consent to serve in the capacity of Vice-President as I have always believed in

active participation in my professional organization since graduating 40 years ago from the University of

Wyoming. I have been a member of WNA/ANA in the past from 1975-1995. I then became a member

of the Wyoming School Nurse Association/National Association of School Nurses (WSNA/NASN) and

was active in that organization from 1995-2014. I held several leadership positions while a member of the

WSNA/NASN organization including President, Treasurer, Education Chair, and National Director. I have

recently re-joined WNA/ANA and have been a member for nearly one year now and am thrilled to be part

of this organization.

I believe that the major issues before the association include committing to the strategic plan that has been

recently adopted by the organization. As the unified voice for Wyoming nurses we must come up with a

mechanism to recruit the rural nurses to our organization and demonstrate what the advantages are for

becoming a member of this special group that can help them in their day to day practice. As advocates

we must continue to support our fellow 17,000 neighbors and potential patients in securing some type of

affordable health care. We need to continue to fully support the nursing student that can become a change

agents in the state through the Student Nurse Association and then encourage membership in WNA/

ANA. Continued support of the WNLI opportunity is also important to grow our own leaders.

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Name: Tammy Krell

City: Kemmerer

District: #17

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Professional Education: ADN from Western Wyoming Community College; BSN

from University of Phoenix; MSN from Benedictine University

Area of Practice: General

Present Position:

Professional Organization Activities at District (Region), Council, State, National Level(s) for the

past five years, including Student Association office: WNA District 17 President, WNA, ANA, STTI,

Council of Catholic Women, Wyoming Trustee Council for WHA, AORN, Cultural Affairs Committee

WWCC, South Lincoln Event Center Board, South Lincoln Hospital District Board President, American

College of Surgeons, Advanced Trauma Life Support Adjunct Staff, certified class coordinator, Wyoming

Trauma Coalition, Wyoming Trauma Advisory Board

Position Statement:

Hello. My name is Tammy Krell, and I am your current Wyoming Nursing Association Vice President. I

have over 21 years of nursing experience, with over 10 years of those years in leadership and management. I

have a broad background of experience in nursing practice. I have worked in settings ranging from nursing

homes, clinics, ER, Hospitals, ED, Acute Care, ICU, OR, OB, PEDS and Education both in the hospital

and higher education. I have held the positions of Clinical Supervisor, Director of Nursing, and Program

Coordinator all with leadership, organization and prioritizing responsibilities. I have also sat on many

committees and boards. One of the boards I sat on was my local hospital board for four years, soon after

becoming elected to the board I became board chair.

I currently hold a Masters in Nursing and feel that continuing education is a never ending adventure for

nursing. I am a great listener and believe that every nurse should be heard no matter what their background

is or what experience level they may have. I have learned many things from both experienced nurses and

newly graduated nurses; every voice counts, even yours. I am a strong advocate for nursing and nurses. I

would really appreciate your support for Vice President this election.

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SECRETARY CANDIDATE

Name: Susan M. Howard

City: Gillette

District: #10

Professional Education: BSN from University of Minnesota; MSN from the

University of Mary; MS-HAS from NOVA University

Area of Practice: Clinical Education and Professional Development

Present Position: Sr. Professional Development Specialist, Campbell County

Memorial Hospital

Professional Organization Activities at District (Region), Council, State, National Level(s) for the past

five years, including Student Association office: Past Secretary and Past President for District 10; Former

ANA House of Delegate; and Past President and Treasurer for WNA

Position Statement:

I have been involved with WNA on the District and State level for many years. I believe my past

experience as President and as Treasurer will help me work with the board. This past year I had the

opportunity to serve on an ANA Practice Committee, and network with 40 outstanding nurse leaders

around the country. Every opportunity to work with and for Nurses makes me increasingly “pro-nurse” and

more motivated to be actively involved in WNA. Our CMA (State) organization is outstanding. We have

one of the best – although- smallest- state nurses associations in ANA. One of the reasons for this success is

that our board has a clear vision and strong leaders.

In my term as WNA President I learned the importance of good communication within the board and to

the membership. Our Executive Director (ED), Tobi Lyon, is a tremendous resource for the board. The

Secretary works with the ED to document board activity and to disseminate information to the general

membership. In the upcoming year WNA is restructuring into a “region versus District model. This will

involve by laws changes and many decisions about structure and function within WNA. The way these

changes are implemented will require a great deal of communication within the board and with the

members.

Wyoming Nurses is also looking at compact licensure and safe staffing issues. Both of these issues will

involve a great deal of work by the board…the meetings will be very interesting! These board activities will

be documented by the Secretary and that information shared with the general WNA membership.

The quality of the communication within any organization is what allows that group to accomplish its

goals. I would be honored to serve as the Secretary for WNA for the next 2 years.

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Past Award Winners

2000

Excellence in Clinical/Practice of Nursing: Mariah Perkins, Powell

Community Service/Health Promotion: Diana Esteve, Laramie

Leadership In Nursing: Alixe Fiedor, Cheyenne

2001

Excellence in Clinical/Practice of Nursing: Rosalinda Meza, Powell Community Service/Health Promotion:

Sue Hume, Cheyenne Leadership In Nursing: Cheryl Koski, Cheyenne Outstanding Service to WNA:

Beverly McDermott, Laramie

2002

Excellence in Clinical/Practice of Nursing: Janet Spomer,Powell

Community Service/Health Promotion: Zelma McMullen, Cheyenne

Leadership In Nursing: Marlene Ethier, Rock Springs

Outstanding Service to WNA: Linda Mink, Rock Springs

2003

Excellence in Clinical/Practice of Nursing: Noreen “Lynnae” Seeley, Powell

Community Service/Health Promotion: Mary Kraft, Evanston

Leadership In Nursing: Hannah Health, Gillette

Outstanding Service to WNA: Ronda Eagleson, Cheyenne

2004

Excellence in Clinical/Practice of Nursing: Karolyn Rood, Powell

Community Service/Health Promotion: LauraWright, Cheyenne

Leadership In Nursing: Faith Jones,Powell

2005

Leadership In Nursing: Cheryl Wrasper, Casper

2006

Leadership In Nursing: Mary Kay Goetter, Cheyenne

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2007

Excellence in Clinical/Practice of Nursing: Marcella Wright, Bosler

Community Service/Health Promotion: Cathy Blanchard, Cody

Leadership In Nursing: Robin Roling, Powell

Outstanding Service to WNA: Krista Blough, Powell

2008

Excellence in Clinical/Practice of Nursing: Nancy Gallinger, Lander

Community Service/Health Promotion: Denise Schuler, Powell

Leadership In Nursing: Maria Kidner, Cheyenne

District 1 Nurse of the Year: Paula Belknap, Cheyenne

District 16 Nurse of the Year: Lisa Horton, Otto

2009

Excellence in Clinical/Practice of Nursing: Phyllis O’Connor, Cheyenne

Community Service/Health Promotion: Tia Hansuld, Casper

Leadership In Nursing: Christina Brewer, Powell

Outstanding Service to WNA: Veronica Taylor, Gillette

District 10 Nurse of the Year: Ginger Costin, Gillette

District 12 Nurse of the Year: Rebecca Carron, Laramie

District 16 Nurse of the Year: Jennifer Jones, Powell

2010

Excellence in Clinical/Practice of Nursing: Nicole Rooney, Laramie

Community Service/Health Promotion: Carrie Deselms, Albin

Leadership In Nursing: Mary Burman, Laramie

Outstanding Service to WNA: Sue Howard, Gillette

Pioneer in Nursing: Marian Gruenfelder, Laramie

District 1 Nurse of the Year: Paula Belknap, Cheyenne

District 6 Nurse of the Year: Karlena Sheehan, Rock Springs

District 10 Nurse of the Year: Rose Rennell, Gillette

District 12 Nurse of the Year: Norma Wilkerson, Laramie

District 16 Nurse of the Year: Celia Solis, Powell

District 50 Nurse of the Year: Judy Dixon, Rawlins

2011

Excellence in Clinical/Practice of Nursing: Jason L. Jones, Rock Springs

Community Service and Health Promotion: Penelope Caldwell, Laramie

Leadership in Nursing: Maria C. Kidner, Cheyenne

Outstanding Service to WNA: Jeanine Niemoller, Laramie

Lifetime Achievement: In loving Memory of Marjorie Wilson

District 1 Nurse of the Year: Jan Beeken, Cheyenne

District 6 Nurse of the Year: Patty O’Lexey, Rock Springs

District 10 Nurse of the Year: Anne Raga, Gillette

District 12 Nurse of the Year: Elizabeth Huffsmith, Laramie

District 50 Nurse of the Year: Barbara Clegg, Rawlins

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2012

Excellence in Clinical/Practice of Nursing: Leslie Comly, Laramie

Community Service and Health Promotion: Barbara Jean James, Rawlins

Leadership in Nursing: Anne Raga, Gillette

Outstanding Leadership for WNA: Faith Jones, Powell

Lifetime Achievement: Baerbel Merrill, Gillette

District 2 Nurse of the Year: Jolene Knaus, Casper

District 12 Nurse of the Year: Caitlin Vasquez, Laramie

District 50 Nurse of the Year: Barbara Jean James, Rawlins

2013

Excellence in Clinical/Practice of Nursing: Patti Legler, Casper

Community Service and Health Promotion: Lynn Rogers, Kemmerer

Leadership in Nursing: Vickie Winney, Douglas

Outstanding Service to WNA: Kathy Luzmoor, Rock Springs

Lifetime Achievement: Norma Wilkerson, Laramie

District 1 Nurse of the Year: Shirley Evans, Cheyenne

District 2 Nurse of the Year: Cheryl Wrasper, Casper

District 6 Nurse of the Year: Kristy Nielson, Rock Springs

District 10 Nurse of the Year: Ramona Bushor, Gillette

District 12 Nurse of the Year: Jeanie Niemoller, Laramie

District 16 Nurse of the Year: Jamie Anthony-Mathews, Powell

District 17 Nurse of the Year: Tammy Krell, Kemmerer

District 50 Nurse of the Year: Lynn Kirman, Jackson

2014

Excellence in Clinical/Practice of Nursing: Natalie Tucker, Gillette

Community Service and Health Promotion: Trinia Soper, Casper

Leadership in Nursing: Veronica Taylor, Gillette

Lifetime Achievement: Mary Burman, Laramie

District 1 Nurse of the Year: Florence Vance, Cheyenne

District 3 Nurse of the Year: Sharla Duncan, Sheridan

District 6 Nurse of the Year: Jean Brunz, Rock Springs

District 10 Nurse of the Year: Alicia LePard, Gillette

District 12 Nurse of the Year: Ann Marie Hart, Laramie

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WYOMING NURSES ASSOCIATION

BYLAWS

AMENDED

SEPTEMBER 2013

Table of Contents

ARTICLE I: NAME, PURPOSES, AND FUNCTIONS. .................................. 61

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP. ........................................................ 61

ARTICLE III: CONSTITUENT NURSES ASSOCIATIONS. .............................. 65

ARTICLE IV: WNA GOVERANCE ................................................... 67

ARTICLE V: WNA MEETINGS. ..................................................... 70

ARTICLE VI: COMMITTEES ........................................................ 71

ARTICLE VII: WORKPLACE ADVOCACY PROGRAM. ................................. 73

ARTICLE VIII: ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATE MEMBERS. .............................. 74

ARTICLE IX: NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS ...................................... 74

ARTICLE X: RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION .......... 75

ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS. ...................................................... 77

ARTICLE XII: WYOMING NURSE. ................................................... 77

ARTICLE XIII: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY. ....................................... 77

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WYOMING NURSES ASSOCIATION BYLAWS

AMENDED SEPTEMBER 2013

ARTICLE I: NAME, PURPOSES, AND FUNCTIONS

SECTION 1: NAME

The name of this Association shall be the Wyoming Nurses Association hereinafter referred to as WNA.

SECTION 2: PURPOSES

The purposes of WNA shall be:

A. To foster high standards of nursing, promote the professional and educational advancement of nurses, and to

promote the welfare of nurses to the end that all people may have better health care.

B. Unrestricted by consideration of age, color, creed, disability, gender, health status, lifestyle, nationality, religion,

or sexual orientation.

SECTION 3: FUNCTIONS

The functions of WNA shall be to:

A. Promote through appropriate means the standards of nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing services

established by the American Nurses Association hereinafter referred to as ANA.

B. Ensure adherence to the Code of Ethics for Nurses established by ANA.

C. Support systematic study, evaluation, and research in nursing and disseminate information relative to research.

D. Promote and protect the economic and general welfare of nurses.

E. Promote and provide for the continuing professional development of nurses.

F. Represent and serve as their spokesperson with professional and community groups and the public.

G. Provide for representation to the ANA House of Delegates.

H. Promote relationships and collaboration with the Student Nurses Association.

I. Stimulate and promote research in nursing, disseminate research findings, and encourage the use of new

knowledge as a basis for nursing.

J. Provide services to constituent district nurses associations, hereinafter referred to as DNAs.

K. Maintain communication with members through official publications.

L. Assume an active role as a consumer advocate.

M. Initiate and influence legislation, governmental programs, and state and national health policy.

N. Ensure an archive for the collection and preservation of documents and other materials which have contributed

to and continue to contribute to the historical and cultural development of nursing in the state.

O. Promote and participate in surveys of nurse manpower resources in the state.

P. Cooperate with other state nursing associations in activities, which concern both organizations.

Q. Protect and promote advancement of human rights related to health care and nursing.

SECTION 1: COMPOSITION

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

A. Individual members of WNA shall be persons accepted as members in accordance with qualifications and

other requirements described in WNA Bylaws. Membership shall be unrestricted by consideration of age, color,

disability, gender, health status, lifestyle, nationality, race religion, or sexual orientation.

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B. Members shall have standing as either regular, associate, or special as follows:

1. A regular member shall be any registered nurse who does not qualify for associate or special standing.

2. An associate member shall be a registered nurse who is:

a. Not employed.

b. A student in full-time study.

c. A graduate of a basic nursing program for the first two years of membership and who has initiated

membership within six months following graduation, and/or

3. A special member shall be a registered nurse who is:

a. 62 years of age and not employed, or

b. Totally disabled.

C. Any registered nurse holding membership in another state may hold dual membership in WNA, paying only

WNA dues.

D. Membership Options: Members will have the option of belonging to WNA only, ANA only, or holding both

WNA/ANA memberships. These options are as follows:

1. WNA (State Membership only). These members will pay only WNA membership dues. They are eligible

for state membership benefits.

2. ANA (National Membership only). These members will pay only National membership dues. They are

eligible for national membership benefits.

3. WNA/ANA (Full membership). These members will pay dues to cover both state and national

membership fees. They are eligible for both state and national membership benefits.

SECTION 2: QUALIFICATIONS

A. A member is one:

1. Who has been granted a license to practice as a registered nurse in at least one state, territory, or

possession of the United States and does not have a license under suspension or revocation in any state, or

is otherwise entitled by law to practice.

2. Who has completed a nursing education program that qualifies the applicant to take the National Council

License Examination for registered nurses as a first time writer, and

3. Whose application for membership to WNA has been accepted in accordance with association policy, and

4. Whose dues are not delinquent, and

5. Whose membership is not under revocation for violation of the Code of Ethics for Nurses or WNA Bylaws,

or

6. Who is an impaired nurse in recovery who has surrendered a license to practice,

7. Whose obligation is to abide by WNA and ANA Bylaws and the Code of Ethics for Nurses.

8. Renewal of membership of new graduates shall be contingent upon having been granted a registered nurse

license.

B. Members shall be unrestricted by consideration of age, color, creed, disability, gender, health status, lifestyle,

nationality, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

SECTION 3: RIGHTS

A. WNA/ANA members shall have the right to:

1. Receive a WNA/ANA membership card, all official publications of the American Nurses’ Association,

the Wyoming Nurse, and e-mail news from the WNA office.

2. Access to all information on WNA’s and ANA’s website – member only included.

3. Be a candidate for WNA/ANA elective or appointed positions in accordance with qualifications set forth

in the WNA and ANA Bylaws.

4. Be a candidate for President, President Elect, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of WNA.

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5. Advocacy and a voice for the profession on both state and federal levels.

6. Education and professional development and valuable personal benefits such as:

a. Continuing education opportunities at regional, state and national levels.

b. Discounts to WNA sponsored continuing education programs.

c. Reduced rates for on-line continuing nursing education.

d. Committee and leadership opportunities.

e. Reduced-cost professional liability programs.

f. Other retirement savings and insurance benefits.

g. Unlimited access to the Nurse Consultant.

7. Submit proposals for consideration to the WNA Board of Directors and members.

8. Attend the Congress of the International Council of Nurses.

9. Due process in disciplinary matters including notice, full and fair hearings, and the right to appeal at the

state level.

10. Be accorded other rights as provided for under common parliamentary or statutory law.

B. WNA only members shall have the right to:

1. Receive a WNA membership card, e-mail news from the WNA office, and the Wyoming Nurse.

2. Access to all information on WNA’s web site.

3. Be a candidate for WNA elective or appointed positions, excluding President, President Elect, Vice

President, Secretary, and Treasurer, in accordance with qualifications set forth in the WNA bylaws.

4. Submit proposals for consideration to the WNA Board of Directors and members.

5. Advocacy and a voice for the profession at the state level.

6. Education, professional development and valuable personal benefits such as:

a. Continuing education opportunities at regional and state levels.

b. Discounts to WNA-sponsored continuing education programs.

c. Committee and leadership opportunities.

d. Reduced-cost professional liability programs.

7. Due process in disciplinary matters including notice, full and fair hearings, and the right to appeal at the

state level.

8. Be accorded other rights as provided for under common parliamentary or statutory law.

C. ANA only members shall have the right to:

1. Receive an ANA membership card, the official publications of ANA, and the Wyoming Nurse.

2. Access to all information on ANA’s web site – member only included.

3. Advocacy and a voice for the profession at the national level.

4. Education and professional development and valuable personal benefits such as:

a. Continuing education opportunities on a national level.

b. Reduced rates for on-line continuing nursing education.

c. Reduced-cost professional liability programs.

d. Retirement savings programs.

e. Major and Comprehensive Medical and Dental Insurance.

f. Life Insurance, Hospital Disability Income, and Excess Major Medical.

g. Auto insurance discounts

5. Due process in disciplinary matters including notice, full and fair hearings, and the right to appeal at the

state level.

6. Be accorded other rights as provided for under common parliamentary or statutory law.

SECTION 4: OBLIGATIONS

A. Member shall have the obligation to:

1. Uphold the Bylaws of ANA, WNA, and DNA to which the member belongs.

2. Uphold the Code of Ethics for Nurses as adopted by the ANA House of Delegates.

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3. Pay dues as required by the WNA or ANA.

4. Fulfill the requirements of an office or committee if elected or appointed.

SECTION 5: DISCIPLINARY ACTION AND APPEAL PROCESS

A. Cause for Disciplinary Action: Cause for disciplinary action by WNA against a WNA/ANA member shall be

limited to failure to fulfill the obligations as cited in these bylaws; and other actions detrimental to the purposes,

goals, and functions of WNA/ANA.

B. Disciplinary Proceedings: Disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with policies and

procedures established by the Board of Directors which shall have final disciplinary authority over members.

C. Disciplinary Action: Depending on the severity of the violation, a member may be reprimanded, censured,

suspended from membership or permanently expelled from membership.

D. Appeal of Disciplinary Action: A member may appeal any disciplinary action in accordance with procedures

adopted by the WNA Board of Directors.

E. Recognition of Disciplinary Action of Another ANA State Nurses Association: Any disciplinary action taken

by another ANA State Nurses Association against one of its individual SNA/ANA members shall be given full

recognition and enforcement provided such action was taken in accordance with the disciplining State Nurses

Associations bylaws and disciplinary procedures.

SECTION 6: DUES

A. Dues shall be established by the WNA membership and be consistent with ANA policies that apply to WNA

only, ANA only or WNA/ANA membership options.

B. The WNA shall continue to pay dues to the ANA pursuant to the ANA Bylaws and House of Delegate

policy until such time as two thirds (2/3) of the entire WNA/ANA membership votes to disaffiliate from the

ANA. WNA membership is defined as individual members of WNA who have ANA rights and privileges of

membership as a result of their WNA/ANA membership. The vote may occur by mail or electronic ballot, with

appropriate notice and procedures to protect the integrity and validity of the vote.

C. Members who qualify for associate status may elect to pay fifty percent (50%) of annual dues required for regular

members.

D. Members who qualify for special status may elect to pay twenty-five percent (25%) of annual dues required for

regular members.

E. Membership rights in WNA are forfeited when dues are thirty (30) days delinquent.

SECTION 7: CHANGE OF DUES CATEGORY

When a change in dues category is made within a membership year, no monies shall be refunded nor shall additional

monies be collected.

SECTION 8: TRANSFER

A. A WNA member who has completed full payment of dues in one DNA may transfer to another DNA without

payment of additional dues for the remainder of the membership year. Transfer is requested through the WNA

office.

B. If a DNA elects to charge additional fees for services to transferred members, its policies shall not interfere with

the right of the members as defined by these Bylaws.

C. A member who has paid full dues may transfer to another SNA by requesting transfer through the WNA office.

D. A member of another SNA who has paid dues may transfer to WNA without further payment or refund of dues

for the remainder of the membership year.

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ARTICLE III: CONSTITUENT NURSES ASSOCIATIONS

Constituent Nurses Associations of WNA are the District Nurses Associations, hereinafter referred to as DNAs.

DNAs are organized in accordance with the WNA Bylaws and have adopted bylaws and policies that are in harmony

with the Bylaws, functions, and purposes of WNA.

SECTION 2: BOUNDARIES

Boundaries of a DNA shall be defined by the WNA Board of Directors. The boundaries may be changed or new

DNAs created in accordance with procedures adopted by the WNA Board of Directors.

SECTION 3: DNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A. Composition: The DNA Board of Directors shall consist of four (4) elected officers: President, Vice President,

Secretary and Treasurer.

B. Terms of Office:The President and Treasurer shall be elected in the odd numbered years. The Vice President and

Secretary shall be elected in the even numbered years. No one shall serve more than two consecutive two year

terms in the same office.

C. Elections: DNA elections will be held at the same time of the year for all districts from April 1st through July

31st, for officers whose terms of office are ending in any given year.

SECTION 4: OBLIGATIONS

DNAs shall be required to:

A. Assure that their members are qualified as provided in Article II of these bylaws.

B. Adopt and maintain such bylaws as do not conflict with the Bylaws of ANA and WNA.

C. Submit reports to the WNA Board of Directors upon request.

D. Notify the WNA office of the names and addresses of officers, other members of the Board of Directors, and

chairpersons of committees.

E. Provide a copy of the DNA bylaws and amendments to the WNA office.

F. Send, when requested and possible, nominations of qualified members and associates for WNA and ANA

offices, delegates to ANA meetings, WNA and ANA committees, allied groups requesting

representation, and names for submission to the Governor of Wyoming for appointment to the State Board of

Nursing.

G. Prepare an annual report for publication when required by the Board of Directors.

H. Nominate representatives for the WNA Board of Directors.

I. Assure representation of their district on WNA Board of Directors.

SECTION 5: RIGHTS OF A DNA

Rights of a DNA shall be:

A. Voting representation on the WNA Board of Directors.

B. Scheduling DNA meetings with regard to frequency and content.

C. Elections of officers without censure or interference by the WNA Board of Directors.

D. Except for District #50, appoint/elect a representative to the WNA Board of Directors in accordance with these

bylaws.

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A new DNA may be formed and recognized by WNA when the following conditions are met:

A. There is a minimum of five (5) members.

B. The DNA has established bylaws consistent with the WNA Bylaws.

C. The DNA has elected officers as specified in the DNA Bylaws.

D. The DNA has provided the Executive Director of WNA with the bylaws, membership list, names of officers,

and amount of DNA dues. Nothing in the WNA Bylaws shall determine the amount of DNA dues.

SECTION 7: DISSOLUTION OF A DNA

A. Dissolution of a DNA can be accomplished by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of a majority of the current

membership and approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors of the WNA, provided sixty (60) days

notice was given the total DNA membership of such proposed action.

B. The Board of Directors of the WNA shall continue to manage the affairs of the DNA until such time as the

dissolution is complete and final payments of indebtedness are made.

C. When a DNA is disbanded for any reason, any funds remaining in the treasury after all debts have been paid

shall be handled in one of the following ways:

1. In the event that all members of the disbanded DNA join another DNA, the balance of funds will go into

the operating fund of that DNA.

2. If the members of the disbanded DNA join more than one other DNA the funds will be divided

proportionally among the constituent associations involved. Any members who do not join another DNA

because one does not exist will have their proportionate funds deposited with the WNA treasurer in

escrow for two years. In the event that a member of a disbanded DNA joins another DNA within the two

year period, the member’s portion of the dues will be deposited with that DNA. Any funds remaining in

escrow at the end of the two years will be deposited in the WNA general account.

D. Within three (3) months following disbanding, a final report shall be sent to the WNA office, by the President

and/or Treasurer of the disbanded DNA, indicating what disposition has been made of the funds.

SECTION 8: REINSTATEMENT

Reinstatement of a DNA that has been disbanded may be reinstated by a seventy-five percent (75%) vote of the

WNA Board of Directors.

SECTION 9: DISQUALIFICATIONS

A DNA which fails to comply with the requirements of these Bylaws or for other causes deemed sufficient may be

disqualified as a constituent district association of the WNA by a seventy-five percent (75%) vote of the WNA

Board of Directors provided due notice has been given. Such DNA and its members must be notified before the vote

is taken and shall have opportunity for a hearing with the Board within ninety (90) days prior to the hearing.

SECTION 10: REORGANIZATION OF A DISBANDED DNA

If, within two years, a disbanded DNA reorganizes, the funds received by the WNA, exclusive of interest, shall be

returned to the reorganized DNA, provided it can show reasonable evidence of remaining organized, complies with

the uniformity specified by ANA, performs those responsibilities of a DNA deemed necessary by the WNA Board of

Directors, and is approved for reorganization by the Board of Directors of WNA.

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SECTION 11: DIVISION OF A DNA

If one DNA divides into two separate DNAs, the funds remaining in the treasury shall be divided proportionately

between the two DNAs.

SECTION 12: MERGING OF DNAS

If one DNA merges with another DNA, the funds remaining in the treasury shall be placed in the operating fund of

the DNA with which it is merging.

SECTION 1: DEFINITION

ARTICLE IV: WNA GOVERNANCE

Governance of WNA is through the Executive Committee (EC) and the Board of Directors (BOD), henceforth

defined as the Governing Body (GB) of the organization.

SECTION 2: COMPOSITION OF THE GOVERNING BODY (EC AND BOD)

A. The Executive Committee (EC) shall be composed of WNA elected officers (President, President-Elect, Vice-

President, Secretary and Treasurer) and the WNA Executive Director (ED), who is a non-voting member.

B. The Board of Directors (BOD) shall be composed of the EC and all District Presidents. One new graduate nurse

within two years of initial licensure shall be appointed the BOD.

C. The immediate past President, shall be ex-officio member of the BOD.

D. The WNA President is the presiding officer over the Governing Body.

SECTION 3: AUTHORITY

The Governing Body shall have the duty and power, delegated to it by the membership, of acting for the membership

in the intervals between Annual Meetings, as well as other duties and powers as defined in these Bylaws.

SECTION 4: ACCOUNTABILITY

The Governing Body shall be accountable to the WNA membership.

SECTION 5: RESPONSIBILITIES

The Governing Body shall:

A. Exercise the corporate responsibility and fiduciary duties of the Association consistent with the applicable

provisions of law.

B. Provide for implementation of Association policies and positions approved by the WNA membership.

C. Provide direction and approval of the functions of the Executive Committee.

D. Establish financial policies and procedures, adopt the budget, fix and approve amount of bond for appropriate

officers and staff, and present an annual financial statement to the membership. Professional audit consultation

shall be utilized as deemed necessary.

E. Establish policies and procedures for the transaction of Association activities, and operation and maintenance

of the WNA Executive Office.

F. Establish policies and procedures for nominations and elections.

G. Establish standing and special committees of the Board as deemed necessary for the performance of its duties

and define the purpose of authority of such committees.

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H. Define qualifications for appointive office, make appointments and fill vacancies as delegated to the Board in

these Bylaws.

I. Appoint, define the authority and the responsibilities of, and annually review the performance of the WNA

Executive Director.

J. Establish fees for the Annual Meetings, specified activities, and services.

K. Provide for WNA liaison or representation at meetings of voluntary organizations and of public or

governmental agencies.

L. Establish relationships and collaboration with the Wyoming Student Nurses Association.

M. Assume other duties as may be provided for elsewhere in these Bylaws and by the WNA membership.

N. Confer constituent membership on DNAs meeting the qualifications established in these Bylaws.

O. Establish policies and procedures for disciplinary action against members and DNAs.

P. Control the use of the official WNA logo and the procurement and sale of replicas thereof.

Q. Establish policies and procedures approving publications and other printed materials prior to their distribution.

R. Establish policies and procedures for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information.

S. Ensure the maintenance of an archive for the collection and preservation of documents and other materials that

have contributed and continue to contribute to the historical and cultural development of nursing in the state.

T. Establish the mechanism to advocate for and protect the human rights and ethical concerns of the nursing

profession.

SECTION 6: TERM OF OFFICE

A. Officers shall be elected for a two-year term. The President-Elect and Treasurer shall be elected in even

numbered years. The Vice-President and Secretary shall be elected in the odd- numbered years.

B. The Governing Body shall appoint the representative of the non-districted membership in the odd-numbered

years. The designee shall serve two years or until his/her successor is appointed. Only members from the nondistricted

areas will be eligible for this position.

C. The Governing Body shall appoint the new graduate nurse in even numbered years for a two year term. Only

new graduates within two years of initial licensure will be eligible for this position.

D. No one shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same office or more than eight (8) consecutive

years on the Governing Body. Any person who has served less than a full term but more than twelve (12)

months shall be considered to have served a full term in that office.

E. Persons may again serve on the Governing Body following a two (2) year absence.

SECTION 7: QUALIFICATIONS

To be eligible to serve on the Governing Body, a person shall:

A. Hold current membership in the WNA and the DNA represented if a DNA representative.

B. Not concurrently serve as an officer or director of another organization if such participation might result in a

conflict of interest with WNA.

SECTION 8: VACANCIES

A. In the event of a vacancy:

1. In the office of President, the President-Elect shall become President for the remainder of the term and

shall continue in the office as President during the following biennium.

2. In the office of President-Elect, the Vice-President shall become President-Elect for the remainder of

the term and shall perform the duties of the Vice-President and President-Elect until assumption of

Presidential duties.

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3. In both the offices of President and President-Elect, the office of President shall be filled by the Vice-

President who shall serve until the next general membership meeting when both vacancies shall be filled

by election.

4. In case of any other office, representatives of the non-districted members, or chairpersons of standing

committees, the Governing Body shall appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of the term.

5. Any member of the Governing Body absent without notice from two (2) consecutive meetings of the

Governing Body shall be considered to have resigned. Upon confirmation by the Secretary of two (2)

unexcused absences, the vacancy shall be filled in the manner stated above.

SECTION 9: DUTIES OF OFFICERS

A. The President of WNA shall serve as the spokesperson on matters of Association policy and positions.

Specifically, the President of WNA shall:

1. Be chairperson of the Executive Committee, and the Governing Body.

2. Preside at all meetings of the WNA.

3. Present a yearly report at the Annual Meeting.

4. Serve as a representative to the ANA Membership Assembly.

5. Serve as WNA ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee.

B. The President-Elect shall assume the duties of the President in his/her absence or at the direction of the

President. The President-Elect shall serve as a representative to the ANA Membership Assembly. The

President-Elect shall serve as co-chairperson of the Legislative Committee.

C. The Vice-President shall assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President and President-Elect.

The Vice-President shall serve as co-chairperson of the Technology and Public Relations Committee. The Vice-

President shall serve as the elected First Alternate representative to the ANA Membership Assembly.

D. The Treasurer shall be responsible for monitoring the fiscal affairs of the Association and shall provide reports

and interpretations of WNA’s financial condition to the Governing Body and the WNA membership. The

Treasurer shall serve as co-chairperson of the Finance Committee. The Treasurer shall serve as the elected

Second Alternate representative to the ANA Membership Assembly.

E. The Secretary shall be responsible for ensuring that Records are maintained of meetings of the WNA, the Board

of Directors, and Executive Committee of the Governing Body, and shall notify members of the meetings of

WNA. The secretary shall serve as co-chairperson of the Nursing Practice Committee. The Secretary shall serve

as the elected Third Alternate representative to the ANA Membership Assembly.

F. Officers shall fulfill the assigned responsibilities and duties as outlined under Committee Functions.

G. Officers and other members of the Governing Body shall fulfill the responsibilities of the Governing Body as

defined in these Bylaws.

SECTION 10: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

There shall be an Executive Committee of the Governing Body composed of the officers that shall have the power

to transact business between Board Meetings in accordance with the rules established by the Governing Body. Such

transactions shall be reported at the next regular meeting of the Governing Body. The Executive Committee shall

review WNA policies and procedures each year in January.

SECTION 11: DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Executive Director shall:

A. Manage the Association in accordance with policies established by the Board.

B. Be accountable to the Board of Directors.

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C. Employ, direct, promote, and terminate staff of the Association.

D. Represent the Association and serve as spokesperson on matters of established policy and positions.

E. Prepare and submit required ANA reports.

F. Be responsible for the publication of the Wyoming Nurse.

G. Attend the ANA national meetings.

H. Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and standing committees.

I. Serve as the elected Fourth ANA Alternate to the Membership Assembly only if the Executive Director is an

RN member of WNA.

SECTION 12: MEETINGS

A. Meetings of the Governing Body shall be held at least two (2) times annually at a time and place determined by

the Governing Body. Special meetings may be called by the President and shall be subject to ratification at the

next regular meeting of the Governing Body.

B. Business requiring action by the Governing Body may be conducted by mail or other media. Such action shall

be subject to ratification at the next regular meeting of the Governing Body.

C. Unexcused Absence from two consecutive regular meetings of the Governing Body shall be cause for declaring

a vacancy in the position. Such vacancy shall be determined by a majority of the Governing Body.

SECTION 13: QUORUM

A minimum of five members of the voting membership of the Governing Body, one of whom shall be the President,

President-Elect, or Vice-President, shall constitute a quorum of the Governing Body. Minutes shall be distributed to

all members of the Governing Body within sixty (60) days of any meeting.

SECTION 1: FREQUENCY

ARTICLE V: WNA MEETINGS

The WNA general membership shall meet at least annually, at such place and time as shall be determined by the

Governing Body.

SECTION 2: SPECIAL MEETINGS

Special Meetings of the WNA can be called by the Governing Body and shall be called by the President upon

written request of a majority of the Districts.

SECTION 3: NOTICE OF MEETINGS

A. Notice of the annual business meeting and convention shall be mailed to the membership at least thirty (30)

days before the first day of the business meeting.

B. Notice of special business meetings shall be mailed to the membership at least fifteen (15) days before the first

day of the business meeting.

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SECTION 4: QUORUM

Five (5) members of the Governing Body, one of whom shall be the President, President-Elect, or Vice-President,

and representatives from at least two-thirds (2/3) of the DNAs shall Constitute a quorum for transaction of business

at any regular or special meeting of WNA.

SECTION 5: VOTING BODY

The voting body at all annual and special meetings should consist of all members in good standing who are in

attendance.

SECTION 1: STANDING COMMITTEES

ARTICLE VI: COMMITTEES

WNA standing committees shall include: Legislative, Nursing Practice, Technology and Public Relations, Bylaws

and Finance.

SECTION 2: COMPOSITION

A standing committee shall be composed of at least three (3) members.

SECTION 3: APPOINTMENT

Each standing committee shall be composed of three (3) members of WNA and shall have been appointed by the

WNA Governing Body.

A. The President shall appoint a chairperson for the Bylaws Committee and at least one member of the Board of

Directors to serve on this committee.

B. The President-Elect shall also serve as the co-chairperson of the Legislative Committee.

C. The Vice-President shall serve as the co-chairperson of the Technology and Public Relations Committee.

D. The Secretary shall serve as the co-chairperson of the Nursing Practice Committee.

E. The Treasurer shall serve as the co-chairperson of the Finance Committee.

SECTION 4: TERM OF OFFICE

A. Members of all standing committees may serve two (2) terms or until their successors are appointed.

B. Members of all standing committees may serve for two (2) consecutive terms on the same committee and may

serve again following a two (2) year absence from that committee and no more than eight (8) years on the

Governing Body without a two year absence.

C. No members of WNA shall serve on more than two (2) standing committees at a time.

D. One member of the Finance, Legislative, Technology and Public Relations, and Nursing Practice Committee

will be appointed in the even years. The remaining two (2) members of these committees will be appointed in

the odd years.

SECTION 5: ATTENDANCE

Unexcused absence from two (2) consecutive committee meetings shall be cause for declaring a vacancy in the

position. Such vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the Governing Body for the remainder of the unexpired

term.

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SECTION 6: ACCOUNTABILITY

Standing committees shall be accountable to the WNA Governing Body and submit reports as required by these

Bylaws.

SECTION 7: QUORUM

A majority of any committee shall constitute a quorum at any committee meeting.

SECTION 8: RESPONSIBILITIES

A. The Finance Committee shall:

1. Be co-chaired by the Treasurer and ED. In collaboration, the co-chairs shall recruit at least one other

member.

2. Prepare and submit annually a WNA budget.

3. Appoint an audit committee to perform an internal audit bi-annually at the close of the Treasurer’s term of

office and submit a report to the Governing Body.

4. Determine policies and procedures which shall be consistent with these Bylaws.

5. Monitor WNA financial affairs including investments and expenditures.

6. Provide fiscal reports and interpret WNA financial condition to the Governing Body and membership.

7. Consult with appropriate accounting and fiscal experts as needed to make recommendations to the

Governing Body.

B. The Legislative Committee shall:

1. Be co-chaired by the President-Elect and the WNA lobbyist.

2. Lead in legislation and health policy by recommending positions on current legislative issues to the WNA

Governing Body while keeping the Governing Body current on legislative affairs.

3. Actively participate in the legislative process as committee members and by mentoring WNA membership

in the legislative process.

4. Keep WNA membership informed regarding legislative issues compatible with WNA legislative agenda.

5. Submit an annual budget to the Finance Committee.

C. The Technology and Public Relations Committee shall be:

1. Co-chaired by the Vice-President and an appointed Technology and Public Relations committee member

from District Presidents.

2. Promote the development of nursing leaders.

3. Influence workforce initiatives.

4. Help sustain organizational viability by using current information and data technologies to increase and

sustain WNA membership and facilitate achievement of WNA goals.

5. Submit an annual budget to the Finance Committee.

D. The Nursing Practice Committee shall:

1. Be co-chaired by the Secretary and an appointed Nursing Practice Committee member from District

Presidents.

2. Advance the professional development of nurses by strengthening WNA members’ nursing practice

through educational, consultative, and publication services.

3. Promote the creation of a professional work environment for the enhancement of the practice of nursing.

4. Develop position and policies for recommendations to the WNA Governing Body related to relevant

nursing practice issues.

5. Submit an annual committee budget to the Finance Committee.

E. The Bylaws Committee shall be appointed for a two year term in the even years. The Bylaws committee shall:

1. Be chaired by a WNA member appointed by the President.

2. Be composed of at least one member of the BOD or District Presidents appointed by the President.

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3. Review WNA and District bylaws.

4. Interpret WNA bylaws.

5. Receive and prepare proposed amendments to WNA bylaws. 6. Maintain currency of WNA bylaws.

7. Provide consultation on DNA bylaws.

8. Submit an annual budget to the Finance Committee.

SECTION 9: REPORTS

All standing committees shall prepare an annual report to be published for the general membership. These reports

are to be submitted to the WNA office at least sixty (60) days prior to the first day of the Annual Meeting.

SECTION 10: SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. The Governing Body shall establish special committees as deemed necessary to carry out the functions of

WNA.

B. The Nominating Committee shall serve as a special committee and shall be appointed for two year terms in

the odd years. Members shall serve until their successors are appointed. There shall be three members of the

committee, each representing a different district or geographical area of the state. The committee members shall

elect their chairperson. The functions of the Nominating Committee shall be to:

1. Request the names of candidates for elective offices.

2. Prepare a slate of qualified candidates and publish each slate at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual

Meeting.

3. Present the slate of candidates to the WNA membership.

4. Implement the policies and procedures for nominations and elections as established by these Bylaws and

the WNA Governing Body.

5. Submit an annual budget to the Finance Committee.

SECTION 1: DEFINITION AND PURPOSE

ARTICLE VII: WORKPLACE ADVOCACY PROGRAM

The Wyoming Nurses Association shall, as a State Nurses Association (SNA) and full member of the ANA, work to

provide a workplace advocacy program for the purposes of:

A. Offering non-collective bargaining Workplace Advocacy strategies, programs, and services to nurses;

B. Supporting nurses in personal and professional growth and development in the practice setting in order to

promote positive work-related experiences;

C. Collaborating with others to provide services and to develop policies that positively impact the work

environment for all nurses;

D. Providing education to nurses on workplace issues;

E. Promoting and providing leadership and mentoring in the workplace environment;

F. Conducting, evaluating, and supporting workplace-related research;

G. Engaging in any lawful act or activity permitted by corporations exempt from federal income tax under Section

501(c)(6) of the IRC and the District of Columbia Nonprofit Corporation Act, as the same may be amended or

supplemented (the “Act”).

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ARTICLE VIII: ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATE MEMBERS

An organizational affiliate member of WNA is an association that:

A. Is a nursing organization that meets the criteria established by the WNA membership.

B. Has a governing body composed of a majority of registered nurses, which is not meant to preclude the

participation of associate nursing organizations.

C. Has been granted organizational affiliate/membership status by the WNA Governing Body.

D. Has paid an organization affiliation fee to WNA.

SECTION 2: RESPONSIBILITIES

Each organizational affiliate member shall maintain a mission and purpose harmonious with the purposes of WNA

SECTION 3: RIGHTS AND SERVICES

Rights and services of the organizational affiliate member shall be determined by the WNA. These rights and services

do not include ANA rights, including the right to vote for ANA delegates and alternates. Rights and services of

organizational affiliates shall be posted on the WNA website.

SECTION 1: NOMINATIONS

ARTICLE IX: NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

A. DNAs and organizational units shall be requested to submit a list of members who are qualified and willing to

serve in elective offices.

B. Candidates for any elective office shall meet established qualifications and shall complete a WNA resume/

consent form.

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D. A member who meets the established qualifications for any elective office may declare as a candidate by writing

to the WNA office.

E. The slate of candidates shall be sent to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Business

meeting.

F. At least two nominees for each position to be filled shall be placed on the ballot

G. Nominees must sign “Consent to Serve” forms.

SECTION 2: ELECTIONS

A. Elections shall be by secret ballot. A mail ballot is permissible.

B. The ballots shall clearly state that candidates for President and President-Elect are concurrently running as

representatives to the ANA Membership Assembly. Furthermore, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary, are

concurrently running as First Alternate, Second Alternate, and Third Alternate representatives to the ANA

Membership Assembly, respectively. This representation is for two year terms each or until a successor is elected.

C. At the time the President-Elect moves to the office of President, that person’s name must appear on the ballot

to be elected as a representative to the ANA Assembly for a two year term or until a successor is elected.

D. All WNA/ANA members in good standing are eligible to vote.

E. Members may vote for a member whose name does not appear on the ballot by writing in

the name of the member if the member is qualified and has consented to serve if elected.

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F. A plurality vote shall constitute an election. In a tie, the choice shall be by lot.

G. The terms of office shall begin at the adjournment of the WNA Annual Meeting.

H. All ballots and credentials shall be preserved for sixty (60) days after the adjournment of the WNA Annual

Meeting.

SECTION 3: CHALLENGE

Any challenge to the election shall be filed with the office of WNA not more than thirty (30) days after the

adjournment of the WNA Annual Meeting.

SECTION 4: REMOVAL OF ELECTED OFFICERS

A. Any officer elected by WNA may be removed whenever such action is deemed to be in the best interest of the

Association, or for just cause. Removal of an elected officer requires a majority vote of WNA membership.

B. Removal of an elected officer shall be handled as a vacancy and the provisions covering vacancies elsewhere in

these Bylaws shall apply.

ARTICLE X: RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION

SECTION 1: MEMBERSHIP

WNA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association. WNA shall pay dues to ANA in accordance

with the policies adopted by the ANA House of Delegates

SECTION 2: REPRESENTATION

A. Membership Assembly: WNA is entitled to representation at regular and special meetings of the ANA

Membership Assembly in accordance with ANA Bylaws and policy.

1. The WNA President and President-Elect shall serve as permanent ANA Membership Assembly

Delegates. The WNA President-Elect shall be elected as President-Elect and ANA Membership

Assembly Delegate. When the President-Elect becomes President, election as an ANA Membership

Assembly delegate must occur.

2. The Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Executive Director will serve as first, second, third, and

fourth Membership Assembly Delegate Alternates respectively.

3. Vacancies shall be filled only by elected alternates.

4. Constituent Assembly: WNA shall be entitled to representation at the ANA Constituent Assembly

(the President of WNA or his/her designated alternate and the Executive Director or his/her designated

alternate).

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SECTION 1: AMENDMENTS WITH NOTICE

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ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS

A. The Bylaws Committee chairperson shall receive proposed amendments to these Bylaws at least ninety (90)

days prior to the WNA Annual Meeting.

B. Amendments proposed by the Bylaws Committee for action by membership shall be submitted to the WNA

office sixty (60) days prior to the WNA Annual Membership Meeting and shall be appended to the Annual

Meeting notice.

C. These Bylaws may be amended with prior notice at an annual or special meeting of the WNA by a secret ballot

and a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the membership voting.

SECTION 2: AMENDMENTS WITHOUT NOTICE

A. These Bylaws may be amended without prior notice at an annual or special meeting of the WNA by a secret

ballot and a seventy-five (75%) percent of the membership present and voting.

B. These Bylaws may be amended by the Board of Directors in the event such amendments are required for

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ARTICLE XII: WYOMING NURSE

The Wyoming Nurse shall be the official publication of WNA and shall be published and provided to each member

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ARTICLE XIII: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The most recent edition of Roberts Rules of Order governs this association in all parliamentary situations that are

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