2016 WY Annual Convention Yearbook

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THEPOWEROFNURSES

Wyoming Nursing Summit & Convention

September 22-23, 2016

Ramkota Hotel • 800 N. Poplar St

Casper, WY 82601


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Wyoming Nurses Association

301 Thelma Drive, #200, Casper, Wyoming 82609

Phone: 307.462.2600 • www.wyonurse.org

TABLE OF CONTENTS

2016 Wyoming Nursing Summit & Convention

Schedule of Events. ............................................................... 5

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

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

Poster Presenters. ................................................................ 11

WNA Annual Meeting Information and Reports

Board of Directors. ............................................................... 15

Annual Meeting Agenda. ......................................................... 16

2015 Annual Meeting Minutes. .................................................... 17

2016–2018 Strategic Plan ......................................................... 20

WNA Legislative Agenda. ........................................................ 24

President. ...................................................................... 25

Executive Director. .............................................................. 27

WNA Financial Roadmap. ........................................................ 28

Lobbyist . ...................................................................... 39

Region Reports. ................................................................. 41

Wyoming Nurse Leadership Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

ANA Membership Assembly. ...................................................... 46

2016 Leadership Candidates ....................................................... 48

Appendix

WNA Past Award Winners ........................................................ 53

WNA Bylaws ................................................................... 54

WNA Membership Application. .................................................... 72

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Sponsorships

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Attendee Gift

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

General Session

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Exhibitors

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Poster Presenters

“A Team Approach: Designing and Implementing an Academic Personnel

Learning Conversation Experience”

Kayla Boshell

Pamela Clarke, RN, MPH, PhD, FAAN

Shelly Fischer, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE

Denise Gable, MPA

Sarah Kooienga, PhD, FNP, ARNP

Lori Liebl, PhD, RN, CNE

Mary Anne Purtzer, PhD, RN

Susan Steiner, PhD, RN, FNP

Candace Stidolph, RN, MS, FNP-C

Rachel Thomas, MSN, RN, CNE, SANE-A

Candace Tull, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC

JoHanna Wedemeyer, RN, MSN

Jenna Woodard, BSN, RN

“Understanding the Barriers: Registered Nurses’ Considerations

of the Academic Nurse Educator Role”

Marnee’ Crawford, RN, MSN, CNE

“Improving the Advance Directive Request and Retrieval Process in

Critical Access Hospitals: Honoring the Patient’s Wishes”

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Alicia Le Pard, MSN, MBA, APRN, ACNP, FNP, GNP, CDE, BC-ADM, CEN

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Spark Change in Rwanda, Africa”

Maria Kidner, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP

“Evaluation of Suicide Risk Training for Primary Care Providers in a College Health Center”

Nancy McGee, DNP, PMHNP-BC

“Evaluating the Effectiveness of Concept-Based Learning Clinical Activity Toolkits”

Kristy Nielson, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNE

“Yoga as an Intervention for Anxiety Disorders”

J’Laine “Jill” Proctor

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WNA Board of Directors

Anne Raga, President

Dee Gilson, President Elect

Suzey Delger, Vice President

Marianne Madariaga, Secretary

Vickie Winney, Treasurer

Jane Hartsock, Central Region

Christina Brewer, Northwest Region

Alicia LePard, Northeast Region

Shelley Tholl, Southwest Region

Diane Boyle, Southeast Region

Mary Behrens, Nominating and WNLI

Veronica Taylor, Bylaws

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“The Membership Voice”

WNA Annual Meeting

Friday, September 23, 2016

8:00 to 9:30 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, 2015 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. Proposed New WNA Logo

2. Motions from the Board of Directions

3. Motions from the Membership

X. Recognition of Outgoing Board Members

XI.

XII.

XIII.

Tellers Report

1. Introduction of new officers (President-Elect and Treasurer)

Passing of the Gavel to the Incoming President

Adjournment

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Wyoming Nurses Association Annual Meeting Summit and Convention

Ramkota, Casper, WY

Date:

September 25, 2015

Members Present:

Anne Raga, Dee Gilson,¬¬ Tammy Krell, Marianne Madariaga, Alicia LePard, Shelly Evans,

Melissa McMillan, Shelly Tholl, Vickie Winney, Jane Hartsock Mary Behrens,

and Veronica Taylor.

Executive Director:

Tobi Lyon Moore

Lobbyist:

Toni Decklever

Members Absent:

Rebecca Carron, excused

TOPIC DISCUSSION ACTION

I. Call to Order

I. Called to order by A. Raga.

Noted.

II. Roll Call of Board of

Directors and Membership

Representation

II. Roll-call by M. Madariaga.

a. District #1 – 3

b. District #2 – 14

c. District #3 – 0

d. District #6 – 1

e. District #10 – 6

f. District #12 – 2

g. District #14 – 0

h. District #15 – 0

i. District #16 – 1

j. District #17 – 3

k. District #50 – 0

Attendance recorded.

Quorum declared.

III. Declaration of Quorum

III. 100% present Executive Board and 7 WNA members

Approved

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IV. Review of Agenda

V. Approval of September

25, 2014 Annual Meeting

Minutes

VI. WNA Financials

VII. WNA Strategic Plan

VIII. Membership Questions

and Discussion Regarding

Written Reports in the

Annual Book

IV. No new items added

V. Motion raised by T. Krell and seconded by M. McMillan

VI. a. Profit and loss Budget vs. Actual – pgs. 26-27;

an increase shown in NDL Vendors and

Registration. Donation of $1000 from Robert

Woods Johnson. Our rebate ends from ANA.

b. U.S Banking Checking/Savings $34,471.45.

Mainstay Investments $56,978.28 with total assets

of $95,718.03.

c. District back accounts need to be closed but

October 31st and money sent to WNA.

VII. Next Strategic Planning Session is Oct. 24, 2015 at the

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VIII. a. S. Delger asked if WSNA is linked as an affiliate.

b. M. Behrens mentioned the ANA Facebook

account for health news and updates.

c. D. Gilson reminded us why we are making changes

to the new formed regions, as voted on last year.

d. M. Kidner asked how new regions will be meeting.

Minutes approved as written.

a. Financial report accepted by

memberships. Motioned by

H. Huber and seconded by S.

Delger.

b. Noted

c. Districts have been notified.

Money that belongs to the

region can make their own

choices about how to allocate

funds and we will get a monthly

statement.

Noted.

a. T. Moore can arrange.

b. Noted

c. Noted.

d. Guidelines will be provided by

the board, along with voting

deadlines.

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IX. New Business and Action

Required

X. Recognition of Outgoing

Board Members

XI. Teller’s Report

XII. Adjournment

IX. V. Taylor explained as follows:

a. 2015 Bylaw Changes – all language changed from

DNA to RNA.

b. Motions from the Board of Directors – questions

raised about out of state members.

c. Motions from the Membership – questions raised

about standardized dues.

d. Spelling correction from Platt to Platte County.

X. Presented by A. Raga:

a. T. Krell outgoing Vice President.

b. M. Madariaga outgoing Secretary.

XI. Introduction of New Officers:

a. S.Delger, Vice President

b. S. Howard, Secretary

XII. a. Next Board Meeting Oct. 24, 2015

Strategic Planning, Ramkota, Casper

b. NDL, Feb. 11 and 12th, 2016

Little America, Cheyenne

Respectfully submitted by Marianne Madariaga, MSN, RN

a. Unanimous vote to approve

bylaws.

b. Will be assigned to their region.

c. Explained as voted on last year.

d. Noted.

Recognition gifts received by

outgoing board members.

Welcomed and appointed by

the members and board.

Noted.

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WNA Legislative Agenda

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President’s Message

Anne Raga

Thank you for taking time to read about what YOUR Wyoming Nurses Association has been doing for the

past year. It has been busy and productive!

Following the Annual Meeting and election of officers, The Executive Committee, which consists of the

elected officers, met for a strategic planning session. With the adoption of the by-laws creating the new

regional structure, regional presidents still needed to be elected, so the work of the group was to create a

new strategic plan to be recommended to the full board following regional elections in December. Tobi Lyon

Moore, our ED, led us through a new planning process which helped us to refocus our energies for the future.

We developed objectives under five pillars: Revitalize Brand Identity, Strengthen Grassroots, Organizational

Viability, Leverage the Power of Nurses, and Strengthen Partnerships. The plan was reviewed during a

conference call in January, and approved by the board in February. The 2016-2018 plan is in this book, and

can also be viewed on our website, www.wyonurse.org under the “About” tab. I will highlight a few of our

efforts and accomplishments below.

Revitalize Brand Identity

In looking at our brand identity, we recognized that not many of us can articulate the mission and vision of the

organization, or speak to the value WNA brings to its members. We identified several ways to approach this,

and started with creating talking points around the value of WNA membership. At this year’s annual meeting

we will discuss opportunities to refresh our logo and take advantage of marketing and membership initiatives

through ANA.

Strengthen Grassroots

This focus is all about supporting the transition to the new regional structure. With the adoption of the

by-laws at the Annual Meeting, the districts ceased to exist. We developed a mechanism to hold regional

elections, and called for consents to serve. At the close of elections, we had new presidents in all five regions.

Very few regions elected a full board immediately, but most have accomplished that in the last few months.

We also developed a mechanism for managing the regional funds that brings us into compliance with IRS

regulations for non-profit organizations. As I write this, we are preparing for a meeting for regional leaders to

create a “toolkit” to help in this new model. Making this transition is a big undertaking, and while we have

made much progress, there is still much to do to make it successful.

ANA has recognized the need to reconnect with the grassroots as well, and Dee Gilson will have the

opportunity to participate in the first Leadership Summit in November. With the adoption of the Membership

Assembly, the Constituent Assembly was eliminated. Unfortunately, this impacted the state associations’

ability to bring concerns up from their members, and a new format was approved at the Membership Assembly

in 2015.

Organizational Viability

This area focuses specifically on the work we need to do with technology and communications to keep

our members connected. We have been able to conduct online meetings in most of our regions, which is a

necessity with our large geographical areas. We continue to publish our monthly newsletters, and the quarterly

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“Wyoming Nurse.” With the new regional structure, the Executive Committee took on responsibility for

convention planning, but our goal for the future is to have an active committee made up of members from all

regions. We still have an opportunity to create a mechanism to allow special interest groups to communicate

directly.

Leverage the Power of Nurses

The two primary objectives under this focus are to have members participate in the American Nurses

Advocacy Institute (ANAI), and to grow the Wyoming Nursing Leadership Institute (WNLI). Marianne

Madariaga was selected by the Board to participate in ANAI this year. A new expectation for WNA’s

participant is to prepare a presentation for the following years’ convention, so look forward to something

exciting from Marianne next year.

After taking a year off, WNLI was offered again in 2015 and had an enthusiastic group of participants.

Applications have been received for the 2016 group. We will offer Leading an Empowered Organization

(LEO) this year to both the 2015 and 2016 participants.

Strengthening Partnerships

This year, WNA was offered a seat on the newly organized Prevention Management Organization (PMO)

Advisory Board. As president, I currently hold the seat, but will look to hand it off to another interested

member in a year or so. The PMO is the organization that oversees the funding and operations of the

community groups focusing on tobacco, drug, alcohol and suicide issues.

We continue to seek partnerships with other nursing groups in Wyoming. There are a relatively small number

of nurses in Wyoming, but we can have a huge impact if we work together.

In closing, I want to express my deep gratitude to all the board members who have worked diligently this year

to help us accomplish so much. The regional presidents have worked especially hard to create something new,

and I am thankful for them. Much appreciation is due also to Tobi Moore, our ED, who does so much for this

organization. Very few realize how much work is done behind the scenes to keep us functioning, and Tobi does

it exceedingly well.

Thank you all for allowing me to serve you as President of WNA for the past two years. I have gained a

greater appreciation for the nurses in Wyoming, and have learned from each of you. Welcome to Dee Gilson,

our new WNA President. She will lead us well into the future!

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Executive Director’s Report

Tobi Lyon Moore, MBA, CAE, CFRE

Currently the Executive Director is a contracted part time positon. 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 2017

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 92% of WNA members having a

current 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.

Membership: As of June 2016, WNA membership consists of 354 (333 WNA/ANA members and 21 WNA

only members).

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).

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 11 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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Fiscal Year July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016

Financial Summary

Operating Revenues:

Membership Dues: We profited an increase of $3,422 compared to what we budgeted.

Convention: The 2015 convention we profited $9,561.31 from convention. The P&L for this fiscal year reflects

$11,486.31 as profit. However, we paid $2,250.00 in deposits to presenters that were distributed in the prior

fiscal year. The venue prices and increase in sponsorships this year were the variables that drove the increase in

profitability; registrations were still down an average of 18 people compared to the prior three years.

Legislative Day: We budgeted to profit $7,250 on Nurses Day at the Legislature (NDL). We resulted in a profit

of $4,338.22. This is a decrease from previous years because of us moving to a one-day format, compared to a

two-day registration price. Exhibitor and sponsorship revenue were at a record high of $7,314.95.

Non-Dues Revenue: This year we have seen a dynamic increase in our career center royalty payments. This

is the third year we have had the career center. When we started, the ROI was projected to be realized in the

fourth year, so this is great news to already be at $2,640.01.

Region Income: All district accounts have been closed and deposits have been reflected on the P&L. The

amount that we budget for the region income on the P&L is only for their region dues income. We didn’t

know what amount each district had so we hadn’t budgeted for this. Region dues payments are transferred to

each region account quarterly (October, January, April, July).

Wyoming Chapter AONE: When the Wyoming Chapter of AONE dissolved they allocated their reserve

funds to WNA to allocated for use in leadership development.

Operating Expenses:

We were over budget in two areas this fiscal year: board meeting and travel.

Board meeting is over budget due to the purchase of the board orientation book and mailing it to all board

members and covering the meal cost at the board dinner. Meals were covered this year for two meetings and

retreats, since board members pay their own travel cost and registration to attend events. We built this into

the coming years budget.

Staff travel is over budget for two reasons: airfare cost has been higher this year then what we have had in

years past. The ED has also been on a national level more days in the past year for Membership Assembly and

President Emersion. The ED attended the ANA board meeting prior to membership assembly and attended

the entire event for President Immersion this year. NDL travel was also higher than what it has been in past

years, and the January P&L includes NDL travel.

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Variables for this year was that this fiscal year covered two ANA membership assemblies, typically there is

only one Assembly per fiscal budget. This past year there was a Membership Assembly in July 2015 and then

our most recent one in June 2016. This increased both the membership assembly and staff travel line items.

Net profit:

The consolidation of the district bank accounts that took place earlier this year and was done so after the

budget had been established. Thus, we didn’t account for increase in revenues to hit our bottom line, which

misleads the associations’ actual net income. Without including the district income, the actual WNA

associations’ bottom line, for this fiscal year was a net income of $6,902.88 and not the $31,387.81 that was

reflected on the P&L statements.

Financial History

In 2011/2012, profit of almost $6,000.

In 2012/2013 a profit of again $6,000.

In 2013/2014 a profit of $8,784.

In 2014/2015 a net loss of $1,139.

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Lobbyist Report

Toni Decklever, MA, RN

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

from the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee (LHSS).

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 2017 General session. Some pieces

of draft legislation will come from interim studies and committee meetings that are held between June and

January.

The biggest victory was the passage of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact and the APRN Compact.

Though South Dakota was the first state to pass the RN compact legislation (by just a few days), Wyoming is

the first state to adopt the APRN compact. Even though this has passed in Wyoming we have to wait until

other states have passed legislation before the compact goes into full effect. The Wyoming State Board of

Nursing will provide information as it becomes available. Our appreciation and thanks go out to Rep. Norine

Kasperik and the members of the Labor Health and Social Services Committee for helping us with the passage

of this Legislation.

Because this was a budget session, the biggest topic that was discussed was the state budget. Many programs

were affected by the shortfall of funds this year. One of these programs included the Wyoming Investment

for Nursing (WyIN) funds. Originally this fund was decreased by a million dollars, but with a little help

from Senator Craft and Senator Hastert, they were able to put back 437,000.00. Unfortunately this means

there will be fewer funds available for faculty at the Community Colleges, and less for financial assistance to

students – but it could have been worse.

The first interim meeting held by the Labor Health and Social Services Committee took place on April 28-29

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 2016 session.

Priority #: 1 Action Related to Reports and Statutory Requirements

1. Joint Subcommittee on Title 25 Issues

2. UW Medical Residency

3. Healthcare Provider Reimbursement Rebasing

4. Dept. of Health Facilities Task Force

5. Multi-Payer Claims Database

Priority #: 2 Community Healthcare Providers

1. Statutory Providers/Requirements

2. Funding/Reimbursement for Community Mental Health Centers

3. Medicaid Reimbursement for Hospice Care

4. Home Health Services – In-State Provider Requirement

5. Title 7 Placement –Availability of Facilities

6. Assisted Living/Nursing Home Rules and Regulations

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Priority #: 3 Access to Healthcare

1. Welfare Program Benefits/Income Levels That Discourage/Encourage Participant Wage Increases

2. Identifying Populations Who Cannot Access Care

3. Telehealth and Insurance Parity

4. Demand for Long Term Care

5. Responsiveness of licensing application process for health care facilities.

Priority #: 4 Response to Federal Actions

1. Impact on WHIP Program and WSEHRP Program

2. Other, as mandated by federal action.

Priority #: 5 Department of Family Services

1. Statutory Cleanup

Priority #: 6 Review of Medicaid benefits when military members move to the state.

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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Northeast Region Report

The NEW Region meets monthly on a video conferencing system by Zoom at 6pm. Email is sent prior to the

meeting to help members remember the meeting. Average attendance is four attendees.

The focus of the NEW is to provide a networking platform for nurses to be involved in the community,

actively recruit nurses who are not members and be a resource to any individual, group or business who needs

to hear from nurses.

In May, the Region held its first inter-county Award Recognition banquet. Gillette hosted nurses from

Campbell, Crook and Sheridan county. Awards were presented to Courtney Fluherty (Rising Star), Sue

Howard and Julie Norlin (Lifetime Achievement), Dee Gilson (Leadership), and Michelle Sumner (Clinical

Excellence).

Each year the NEW Region strives to raise funds to present a scholarship to a high school student seeking to

start a college career with the intent to become a nurse. This year the scholarship was awarded to Cassandra

Mittlieder of Campbell County High School. The NEW Region also offers a scholarship to a student seeking

to further their college career in nursing. Ms. Haley VanderVoort was the 2016 recipients. Both award winners

received a $500 scholarship to apply to their chosen school.

In order to raise these funds, the NEW Region raffled a specially made quilt and their signature wine basket

for Nurses Week, gathering over $1000 in funds to boost their scholarship funds and continue the mission of

helping to create new nurses for new ideas in a new future.

President: Alicia Le Pard, Gillette

Vice President: Marlene Ethier, Sheridan

Secretary: Catherine Comeno-Stamato, Gillette

Treasurer: Rose Renell, Gillette

Northwest Region Report

Meeting Schedule

First Thursday of odd numbered months. First regional meeting was 5/5/16; next meeting 7/7/16.

Officers

President – Christina Brewer

VP Sarah – Anne Galloway

Treasurer – Laurie Squillaci

Secretary – Trudy Craft

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Meeting Content

Discuss meeting frequency; Fundraising; goals for use of funds (scholarships); updates from WNA, WNA/

ANA benefits review; Review WNA strategic plan; education (CE) discussion

Special Events and/or activities – planning fund raising event for October 30th – Pumpkin Run, in alignment

with WNA strategic plan to promote a healthier Wyoming.

Goals

Establish scholarship criteria and engage regional membership in decision making

Central Region Report

Meetings:

General Meetings:

There were 3 General Meetings: October 22, 2015, February 25, 2016 and May 11, 2016.

Content:

October 22, 2015: Fall Legislative meeting. Tobi Decklever was the presenter and two legislators were

in attendance, Sen. Bill Landon and Sen. Drew Perkins. There were 12 members in attendance. This

meeting was held in Douglas, WY.

February 25, 2016: Clinical topic and education: The title of the presentation was Bariatric Surgery by

Dr. Helling, MD. Twelve RNs attended. One hour of CEUs awarded to attendees.

May 11, 2016: Spring Nurses Day Celebration: There were 17 RNs and NSs present. The meeting was

moved from a Thursday to a Wednesday evening because of scheduling conflict at the Petroleum Club.

Board Meetings:

The 2015-2016 Board meetings: 6/17/15, 8/20/15, 9/17/15, 1/21/16 and 4/7/16.

2016-2017 Meetings:

General Meetings: 10/27/16 (Fall Legislative Meeting) will be held in Douglas, 2/23/17 in Casper. This

will be a Clinical Topic Education program. Topic TBA, and 5/11/17 which will be the Annual Nurses Day

Celebration and Social in Casper at the Petroleum Club.

Board Meetings: 8/18/16, 9/16 during the WNA Convention, 4/13/17 and 6/22/17.

Officers:

President (2014-2018) Jane Hartsock

Vice President (2015-2018), Sara Johnson

Treasurer (2015-2017), Marianne Madriaga

Secretary (2015-2017), Suzy Delger

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Membership: At present we have 87 members which has not changed in the last year. We lost one and gained

one member.

Goals: We will be striving to reach out to all RNs that are now part of the Central regions. We will attempt to

include them in multimedia/communication means. During this year we will be having one of our meetings in

Douglas to encourage people from Wheatland and Lusk to attend.

I personally want to thank the officers who have assisted in the transition from a District to a Region. We

continue to have challenges to meet the needs of nurses in our Region but the Officers work tirelessly to

accomplish success. THANK YOU ALL.

Southeast Region

Much of the year has been used to get organized under the new Wyoming Nurses Association Regional structure.

I. Meeting schedule and content

1.1. Regional meetings: One meeting was held on June 1, 2016 to discuss how to proceed under the

new regional structure. There was not a quorum

1.2. Board meetings: One board meeting was held with Diane Boyle and Rebecca Carron in attendance.

Topics of discussion were regional meetings for year 2016-2017 (see proposed dates and topics in

1.2.1 below); budget; and securing regional board members of Secretary and Treasurer.

1.2.1. Regional meetings for 2016-2017

1.2.1.1. September 7 @ 6pm by Zoom. Mary Burman will speak on the Wyoming

Economic Situation’s Affect on Nursing Education in Wyoming.

1.2.1.2. September/October: Meet the Candidate Forum(s). Still in planning phase.

1.2.1.3. January/February: Educational offering – TBD

1.2.1.4. March/April: Legislative Update by Toni Decklever

2. Regional Officers

2.1.1. President: Diane Boyle

2.1.2. Vice-President: Rebecca Carron

2.1.3. Secretary: unfilled

2.1.4. Treasurer: verbal commitment from Shelley Evans

3. Goals for 2016-2017

3.1. Fill all board of directors positions and establish regular board meetings.

3.2. Complete the Regional membership meeting schedule

3.3. Prepare plan to unify the old districts into the SE Region.

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Southwest Region

Meeting Schedule

Meet every other month except during the months of June, July and August. Meetings to be held in various

locations to accommodate members but also have to the meetings via phone, skype or WebEx.

Officers

President: Shelly Tholl

Vice President: Tenny Hanson

Treasurer: Sara Hooten

Secretary: vacant

Meeting Content

Meeting content consisted of Nurses Week and the Officers would deliver a plate of cookies or such to various

healthcare facilities to talk to and encourage new membership.

Special Events and/or activities

None planned so far

Possible goals for the coming year

Increase awareness of benefits of being a member of WNA/ANA

To encourage new membership

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2015/2016 WNA Wyoming Nurse Leadership Institute

Seven nurse leaders from around the state completed the Wyoming Nurse Leadership Institute 2015/2016

which began in September in Casper, Wyoming in conjunction with the Nursing Summit and WNA

convention and ended in April in Casper. Ten participants began the WNLI journey however due to family

circumstances, changes in job positions and budget cuts only 7 successfully completed.

WNLI is a state wide program, designed to develop and enhance leadership skills in Wyoming Nurse Leaders

and future nurse leaders; topics include:

• Identifying skills and competencies for Nurse leader using the AONE competencies.

• A mentoring program.

• Networking with Wyoming Nurse Leaders

• Developing a personal leadership development program.

• Completion of a leadership project at their place of employment.

The target audience for WNLI is experienced Registered Nurses in Wyoming who have been identified by

their employer (or peers, or themselves) as leaders within the profession. The 2015/2016 nurse leaders were

in management, supervisory roles, succession planning and unit educator roles. The presentations and topics

on leadership have been identified by expert nurse leaders and educators in Wyoming and include national

studies on Nurse Leadership competencies. Individual evaluation of strengths and weaknesses is done through

a variety of personal assessment tools including the AONE Nurse Leader competencies and Meyers and Briggs

leadership personality assessment.

The year long program was coordinated by Susan Howard, RN, MSN and Veronica Taylor, RN, MS, CIC

and taught mainly by volunteer nurse leaders throughout Wyoming. The 2015/2016 WNLI had three face to

face sessions (each is 3 days long) bringing in content experts and panels of nurse leaders and in conjunction

with nursing events around the state including “Nurses Day at the State legislature” and the Annual Nursing

Summit and WNA convention. Each participant worked extensively on a leadership project and change that

they led and incorporated into their place of work. Examples of topics include nurses insertion of arterial lines

in ICU and nursery nurses assisting and completing intubations. Both of these topics included working with

the WSBN to determine nursing scope of practice, developing policies and procedures and training of nursing

staff to determine competency. WNLI helps Wyoming nurses develop their leadership and management skills

and develop a network, or support system, throughout nurses around the state.

Through fund raising and sponsorship of Campbell County Health the 2015/2016 WNLI cohort and the

2016/2017 cohort will meet in Gillette in November to participate in Leading an Empowered Organization

(LEO) presented by Donna Wright from Creative Healthcare Management. There will be a few open seats

available for LEO for nonWNLI nurses. Contact Veronica Taylor (307-660-6452 or vftaylor@gmail.com) if

you are interested in attending. There will be a registration fee.

The curriculum and agenda for 2016/2017 WNLI is currently being finalized and applications for participants

are being accepted at this time. Dates have been set with the first session in Casper with WNA convention

in September, second in Gillette with LEO in November, third will be in Cheyenne during Nurses Day at

the Legislature and fourth will be in Casper in April. For more information contact Veronica Taylor, Susan

Howard (sue.howard8491@gmail.com), Vicki Winney or Tobi Moore.

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ANA Membership Assembly June 22- 25, 2016

Dee Gilson, President-Elect WNA

This year has made my second year to participate at the national level with ANA/WNA as one of your

representatives. This experience is very motivating and brings to the forefront; that we can all take an

advocacy role whether it is local, state or national to influence a change in policies, laws or regulations that

govern our profession and practice settings. This is very timely to WNA’s vision and strategies this year to lead

nurses in our state to get “On-Board” at our Annual Summit and Convention this September.

Reflecting on the work of the ANA Membership Assembly I came back with an increased sense of urgency to

be involved. Todays healthcare systems are in trouble and in rapid change. As nurses we are at the forefront

of those changes; whether you work at the bedside and interact with patients and families or are the first

provider, we can all see the ineffectiveness of our systems. The high stress of nursing has taken an impact of

some of our own and we are obligated to find professional systems and ways to help our own.

Some of the highlights of Membership Assembly included many of these discussions at the national level.

Nursing spoke from across the nation to speak and strategize the future of nursing and strengthen our

organizations. Highlights and topics below are just some of the issues that were discussed and motioned to

work on over the next year. You will be seeing many of these in your newsletters and journals and hopefully

will have a better understanding of the issues and topics.

The Opioid Epidemic was a very hot topic both at the capital and at the Assembly. Anne, Dee, Faith and Tobi

discussed with our legislatures the need to have their support on this issue. As we met with Senator Barrasso,

he was currently working on a national Opioid bill. He is a true leader and advocate at the national level,

his medical background makes him a credible leader in addressing issues of overdose and death related issues

which are epidemic. At Membership Assembly we strategized and approved initiatives, and focused on how

nurses and advanced practice nurses can play a role in addressing this epidemic. I am sure we will be see much

more on national scene as the bill has moved to the president to sign just this week. Wyoming is not immune

to this issue and I encourage us all to get involved at the local and state level where you can.

Dialogue on: Nursing Advocacy for Sexual Minority and Gender Diverse Populations due to the increased

discrimination and stigma causing health disparities and differences in access to care, in particular the LGBTQ

community which face structural barriers including healthcare professionals who are biased (which may be

largely unintended) and have limited knowledge of culture as well as legal barriers. The formal discussion

included the unwavering commitment of ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretative Statements that

nurses have an ethical duty to respect the beliefs, values, and decisions of all patients as well as an obligation

to address disparities and inequalities through solutions that are ethical and respectful of human rights. The

Reference Committee of which I participated on concluded and recommended to ANA:

• Promote the application of ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses and Interpretive Statements as related to LGBTQ.

• Promote strategies to educate nurses about the potential impact of personal bias, whether conscious or

unconscious, on patient care particularly as it relates to the LGBTQ community.

• Identify strategies to raise the competency of nurses in caring for members of the LGBTQ community.

• Promote standardization gender-neutral terminology and documentation.

Proposed changes to ANA dues Policy which require a by-laws change had very open and lengthy discussions. The

proposed changes were in response to the 2013- seven (7) state Dues Pilot Program and ANA’s need to revise the

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policy to defer application of dues for the next 3 years. The Dues Pilot Program establishes membership categories,

dues rates and payment options. The data presented showed that states who joined the Pilot had a 96% overall

membership growth combined with a reduced price structure. The dues structure has three price points: $126 / $ 150

/ $174, with the $174 with the biggest financial impact. The Amendment to the By-Laws which was voted in now

gives ANA and C/SNA’s the ability to extend the pilot program and increase the number of participating states by

18. It was felt that having three (3) more years and adding up to 18 more states would give both ANA and the states

better data to determine the viability of such a pilot program by 2019. The final decision on moving to a different

dues structure will be voted on by the Membership Assembly in 2019. Expanding the Pilot would give Wyoming

an opportunity to decide if we want to participate, we must have an application in by 19th of August, 2016; this is a

strategy the WNA Board will be discussing in July along with financial impacts to WNA.

The Vision of the Pilot as developed by the Value Pricing Taskforce includes:

• Growth of joint ANA and C/SNA membership

• Growth of overall membership

• Retention of Premier Membership

• Retention of Standard membership

• Financial return

I would like to thank all the membership is allowing me to attend and represent you and hope that we can all work

on these agendas to make a difference in Wyoming and the nation.

Nurses at the Nation’s Capital – 2016 ANA Lobby Day

Anne Raga, MS, RN, CNML, WNA President

On Thursday, June 23rd, President Anne Raga, President-Elect Dee Gilson, and ANA Director-at-large Faith Jones

joined nurses from across the United States to make our presence felt in Washington DC. It is always inspiring to see

hundreds of nurses come together to carry a common message to our legislators.

This year, we continued to encourage our legislators to support S. 578/H.R.1342 which would amend CMS

regulations to give APRN’s full practice authority to order home health services for their patients. The Home Health

Planning Improvement Act 2015 is a major focus for ANA, and we continue to garner support from legislators.

Representative Cynthia Lummis and Senator John Barrasso have signed on to support this bill. We continue to

encourage Senator Mike Enzi to bring his support as well.

Another important measure we addressed with our legislators is the Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2016.

This bipartisan bill was formally introduced on July 14, 2016. This legislation would reauthorize, update, and improve

nurse workforce programs under Title VIII, which supports nurses practicing in rural and medically underserved

communities, advanced education nursing, diversity grants, National Nurse Service Corp, nurse faculty loan

forgiveness, as well as geriatric education.

Wyoming nurses have unique access to our legislators, and we are fortunate to usually have the opportunity to speak

directly to our senators and representative. While few of us are able to make the trip to Washington DC, each one

of us can make our voices and opinions heard. I encourage you to go to rnaction.org to get more information on

these bills and others that impact nurses and our patients. Then take time to communicate with Senators Enzi and

Barrasso, and Representative Lummis on these issues. When Wyoming nurses speak, they will listen. We each have

the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference.

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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 2016 to serve until September 2018. Election results will be

announced during the WNA Annual meeting on Friday, September 23, 2016 in Casper, Wyoming.

Elected in 2016 by Statewide Ballot for a two-year term is:

President-Elect

Treasurer

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

President. The President-Elect will become President of WNA in fall of 2018 for a 2-year term following their

term as President-Elect. The President-Elect shall serve as an ANA Membership Assembly Representative

and attend Membership Assembly held in D.C, June 7-10, 2017 and June 21-23, 2018. The President-Elect

in addition will serve as the Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee, with the Vice President. One of the

responsibilities of the Legislative Committee is to plan the Nurses Day at the Legislator event held February 9,

2017 in Cheyenne.

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 Board of Directors and the WNA membership. The

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

Alternate for ANA Membership Assembly.

_________________________________________________________________________________________

2016 Ballot

President-Elect

(Vote for One) o Christina Brewer

o Kathryn Luzmoor

o ________________

Treasurer

(Vote for One) o Barbara Jean James

o ________________

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Meet the 2016 Candidates

Christina Brewer, CMSRN, RN, MSN

Powell, Northwest Region

RN Coordinator, Nursing Instructor, Northwest College

WNA INVOLVEMENT: Current President of Northwest Region

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS: Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses and the

National League for Nursing.

Two main issues that should be a priority for the WNA are care access and nursing involvement/engagement.

Care access remains an issue for our very unique Wyoming population. Nurses are in a great position to

advocate for residents and can work with residents and lawmakers alike to determine what access in Wyoming

should look like. Without nursing engagement, this demanding task may not be achieved at a State level, not

to mention national effects.

Personal interest in the position of President-elect comes after serving as Northwest Region President and

having the opportunity to attend the 2016 ANA Membership Assembly. As Regional President, for a newly

developed region, it has been stimulating work to engage nurses over such a large geographical area. I look

forward to assisting the Board in escalating the grassroots in our regions. At the ANA Membership Assembly,

I observed the amazing power of the voice of the nurse, and was able to witness, first hand, how each States’

perspectives are heard and considered. Although we are “small,” Wyoming nurses play an essential role in the

government of the ANA.

My goal is to contribute to the WNA in ways that share the voice of Wyoming residents regarding access to

care needs, and to engage Wyoming nurses on a state and national level.

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PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATES (continued)

Kathryn M. Luzmoor, MS, RN, CNE

Green River, Southwest Region

Nursing Program Director, Western Wyoming Community College

WNA INVOLVEMENT: Member since 1985; WNA Vice President 2003-2005 and

2008- 2013; President District #6 2003- 2004; Vice President District #6 2001-2003

and 2004-2013

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS: NLNAC 2006-present; Wyoming Center for Nursing

and Health Care Partnerships-RENEW Prof. Deb. Co-chair 2011-present; Hospice of

Sweetwater County, numerous positions since 1983, currently on Quality committee;

Wyoming Hospice Organization 1983-1988 (several years as president); Vice President of Sweetwater County

Board of District Health; Chair Southwest Counselling Board of Directors

The Wyoming Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association are invaluable to nurses and the

health and safety of the nation. From the days when the ANA fought for needle stick safety, back safety and

now to addressing bullying in the workplace and nurse fatigue, the ANA gives nurses the evidence to improve

their practice and advocate for themselves with their employers. I would like to serve as the President-Elect to

increase the visibility of both the WNA and the ANA.

I am supportive of the WNA’s Strategic Plan with the goal of creating opportunities for Wyoming nurses

to participate in professional growth through the provision of essential resources that energize, enable and

strengthen the nursing experience and insight. Too often nurses feel like players in their positions vs. leaders.

It is my goal to do what I can to give nurses their voice to improve their work environments for themselves

and their patients. I want to see how nurses are reaching out to improve the health of WY and to do what I

can to encourage and assist them.

I have a long history of service to the WNA and am eager to continue that service.

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TREASURER CANDIDATE

Barbara Jean James

Rawlins, Southeast Region

Educator, Carbon County Higher Education Center/Memorial Hospital Carbon County

WNA INVOLVEMENT: Member since 2004; District #50 President

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS: National League of Nursing; President of Rawlins

Soroptimist Club; Board member of Xi Kappa Sorority; Board member for American

Diabetic Association; I served as District; Past Board member for Boys and Girls Club

of Rawlins; Past Board member for Rawlins Downtown Development Authority

I believe the major issues for the Association is getting more nurse’s involved, communication and leadership.

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

healthier Wyoming.” I believe this statement starts with all of us and we need to increase the number of nurses

involved with WNA, increase direct relationships with consumer’s, promote positive healthy behaviors, and

listen to what the new generation is telling us.

I am running for the position of WNA Treasurer because I believe with my strong leadership skills,

communication, and organizational skills gained through extra-curricular involvement. Balancing course

work, clinical, and work requires commitment, time management and, at times, my well regarded sense of

humor.

My goals are to help promote WNA, provide leadership, recruit and communicate our vision “Nurses united

and caring for our profession.”

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WYOMING NURSES ASSOCIATION

BYLAWS

AMENDED

SEPTEMBER 2015

Table of Contents

ARTICLE I: NAME, PURPOSES, AND FUNCTIONS .................................. 56

ARTICLEII: MEMBERSHIP ....................................................... 56

ARTICLE III: CONSTITUENT NURSES ASSOCIATIONS .............................. 60

ARTICLE IV: WNA GOVERNANCE ............................................... 62

ARTICLE V: WNA MEETINGS .................................................... 65

ARTICLEVI: COMMITTEES ...................................................... 66

ARTICLE VII: WORKPLACE ADVOCACY PROGRAM ............................... 68

ARTICLE VIII: ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATE MEMBERS ........................... 69

ARTICLE IX: NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS .................................... 69

ARTICLE X: RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION .......... 70

ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS .................................................... 71

ARTICLE XII: WYOMING NURSE ................................................ 71

ARTICLE XIII: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY ..................................... 71

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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 Membership Assembly.

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 Region nurses associations, hereinafter referred to as RNAs.

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:

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

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

i. Not employed.

ii. A student in full-time study.

iii. 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

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

i. 62 years of age and not employed, or

ii. 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:

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

eligible for state membership benefits.

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

are eligible for national membership benefits.

c. 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:

a. 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.

b. 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

c. Whose application for membership to WNA has been accepted in accordance with association

policy, and

d. Whose dues are not delinquent, and

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

Bylaws, or

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

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

h. 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:

a. 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.

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

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

forth in the WNA and ANA Bylaws.

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

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

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

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

ii. Discounts to WNA sponsored continuing education programs.

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

iv. Committee and leadership opportunities.

v. Reduced-cost professional liability programs.

vi. Other retirement savings and insurance benefits.

vii. Unlimited access to the Nurse Consultant.

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

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

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

the state level.

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

B. WNA only members shall have the right to:

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

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

c. 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.

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

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

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

i. Continuing education opportunities at regional and state levels.

ii. Discounts to WNA-sponsored continuing education programs.

iii. Committee and leadership opportunities.

iv. Reduced-cost professional liability programs.

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

the state level.

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

C. ANA only members shall have the right to:

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

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

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

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

i. Continuing education opportunities on a national level.

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

iii. Reduced-cost professional liability programs.

iv. Retirement savings programs.

v. Major and Comprehensive Medical and Dental Insurance.

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

vii. Auto insurance discounts

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

state level.

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

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SECTION 4: OBLIGATIONS

A. Member shall have the obligation to:

a. Uphold the Bylaws of ANA, WNA, and RNA to which the member belongs.

b. Uphold the Code of Ethics for Nurses as adopted by the ANA Membership Assembly.

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

d. 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.

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SECTION 8: TRANSFER

A. A WNA member who has completed full payment of dues in one RNA may transfer to another RNA.

Transfer is requested through the WNA office.

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

office.

C. 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.

SECTION 1: DEFINITION

ARTICLE III: CONSTITUENT NURSES ASSOCIATIONS

Constituent Nurses Associations of WNA are Region Nurses Associations, hereinafter referred to as RNAs.

RNAs 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

A. Boundaries of a RNA shall be defined by the WNA Board of Directors. The boundaries may be changed

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

B. WNA has been divided into five (5) Regions using county lines, as follows:

a. Northwest Region—Park, Teton, Fremont, Hot Springs, Washakie and Big Horn Counties

b. Northeast Region-Sheridan, Johnson, Campbell, Crook and Weston Counties

c. Central Region—Natrona, Converse, Niobrara, Goshen and Platte Counties

d. Southeast Region---Albany, Laramie and Carbon

e. Southwest Region—Sweetwater, Lincoln, Sublette and Uinta Counties

SECTION 3: RNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A. Composition: The RNA 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: RNA elections will be held at the same time of the year for all Regions from April 1st through

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

SECTION 4: OBLIGATIONS

RNAs 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 RNA bylaws and amendments to the WNA office.

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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 Region on WNA Board of Directors.

SECTION 5: RIGHTS OF A RNA

Rights of a RNA shall be:

A. Voting representation on the WNA Board of Directors.

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

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

SECTION 6: DISSOLUTION OF A RNA

A. Dissolution of a RNA 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 RNA membership of such proposed action.

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

the dissolution is complete and final payments of indebtedness are made.

C. When a RNA 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:

a. In the event that all members of the disbanded RNA join another RNA, the balance of funds will

go into the operating fund of that RNA.

b. If the members of the disbanded RNA join more than one other RNA the funds will be divided

proportionally among the constituent associations involved. Any funds remaining in escrow at the

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

c. 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 RNA.

SECTION 7: REINSTATEMENT

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

the WNA Board of Directors.

SECTION 8: DISQUALIFICATIONS

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

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

WNA Board of Directors provided due notice has been given. Such RNA 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.

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SECTION 9: MERGING OF RNAS

If one RNA merges with another RNA, the funds remaining in the treasury shall be allocated in the operating

fund of the RNA 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 Region Presidents/elected

representatives. 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 RNAs meeting the qualifications established in these Bylaws.

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

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 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.

C. 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.

D. 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 RNA represented if a RNA 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:

a. 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.

b. 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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c. 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.

d. In case of any other office, or chairpersons of standing committees, the Governing Body shall

appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of the term.

e. 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:

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

C. Preside at all meetings of the WNA.

D. Present a yearly report at the Annual Meeting.

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

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

G. 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.

H. 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.

I. 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.

J. 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.

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

L. 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.

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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.

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 Regions.

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 three of the RNAs 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.

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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.

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:

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

member.

b. Prepare and submit annually a WNA budget.

c. 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.

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

e. Monitor WNA financial affairs including investments and expenditures.

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

membership.

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

Governing Body.

B. The Legislative Committee shall:

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

b. 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.

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

membership in the legislative process.

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

e. Submit an annual budget to the Finance Committee.

C. The Technology and Public Relations Committee shall be:

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

member from Region Presidents.

b. Promote the development of nursing leaders.

c. Influence workforce initiatives.

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

and sustain WNA membership and facilitate achievement of WNA goals.

e. Submit an annual budget to the Finance Committee.

D. The Nursing Practice Committee shall:

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

Presidents.

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

through educational, consultative, and publication services.

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

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

relevant nursing practice issues.

e. 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:

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

b. Be composed of at least one member of the BOD or Region Presidents appointed by the President.

c. Review WNA and Region bylaws.

d. Interpret WNA bylaws.

e. Receive and prepare proposed amendments to WNA bylaws.

f. Maintain currency of WNA bylaws.

g. 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 Region or geographical area of the state. The committee

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

a. Request the names of candidates for elective offices.

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

Annual Meeting.

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

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

and the WNA Governing Body.

e. 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;

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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 Region of Columbia Nonprofit Corporation Act, as the same may

be amended or supplemented (the “Act”).

SECTION 1: DEFINITION

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. RNAs 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.

C. Members shall be considered eligible for only one office in WNA at any one time.

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. The committee will strive to have at least two nominees for each position to be filled and placed on the ballot

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

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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.

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 Membership Assembly

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.

a. 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.

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

fourth Membership Assembly Delegate Alternates respectively.

c. Vacancies shall be filled only by elected alternates.

SECTION 1: AMENDMENTS WITH NOTICE

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

conformity with the ANA requirements, by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Governing Body present and voting.

ARTICLE XII: WYOMING NURSE

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

member of WNA according to WNA policies.

ARTICLE XIII: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

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

that are not provided for in the law or in the charter, Bylaws, or adopted rules of WNA.

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