This is the third of a series of articles relating to WNA's 100th Anniversary. Wisconsin Association of Graduate Nurses, like all other state associations of nurses, began at once the primary task of establishing a nurse practice act through state legislation. They recognized the need to protect the public from unskilled and untrained persons who claimed to be nurses. In addition, they identified the need to have standards for schools of nursing rather to allow each hospital with a school of nursing to establish their own rules or to fail to have any rules at all. According to Helen Kelly who wrote the first history of the organization, early leaders in 1909 began their discussions about nursing practice legislation at their meetings, but they made the conscious decision to wait a bit until the organization was stronger.