Wisconsin State Policy Fact Sheet


American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Wisconsin State Policy

Nurse Practice Act: W.S.A. 441.001

Regulatory Structure: Reduced Practice

State law constrains patient access to NP care. NPs are required by law to maintain a regulated collaborative agreement with a physician for at least one element of NP practice.
WI ADC s N 8.10

Regulatory Agencies

NP practice is regulated by the Board of Nursing.
W.S.A. 441.01

Licensure Requirements

State law requires an RN license, a graduate degree in an NP role and national certification.
WI ADC s N 8.03

Continuing Education*

State law requires 16 CE hours every two years. See the Board of Nursing for details.
WI ADC s N 8.05

Malpractice Insurance

NPs are required to have professional malpractice liability insurance as determined by the Board.
WI ADC s N 8.08

Medical Staff Membership**

NPs are not permitted to join medical staffs.
WI ADC s DHS 124.12

Signature Recognition on Items of Patient Care

  • Physical Therapy: Wisconsin NPs are authorized to refer to physical therapy.
    W.S.A. 448.56
  • Parking Permits: Wisconsin NPs are authorized to provide proof of disability for disabled parking permits.
    W.S.A. 341.14
  • Do Not Resuscitate Orders: Wisconsin NPs are not presently authorized to sign do not resuscitate orders.
    W.S.A. 154.19
  • Death Certificates: Wisconsin NPs are not currently authorized to sign death certificates.
    W.S.A. 69.18
  • Provider Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment (POLST): Wisconsin’s POLST program is developing.

*Contact hours in specific topics may be required. Please contact your state’s Board of Nursing for current information.
**Medical staff membership refers to governing and voting privileges and is not reflective of clinical or admitting privileges within institutions.

Updated November 2017

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