In an effort to attract and retain more nursing home caregivers, the Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched an innovative program called the Caregiver Career Program. DHS has received federal approval to move forward with the more than $2.3 million investment to implement the Wisconsin Caregiver Career Program, designed to add approximately 3,000 nurse aides to the workforce, in this high demand field.
DHS will partner with nursing homes, LeadingAge Wisconsin, Wisconsin Health Care Association, Wisconsin Technical College System, and the Board on Aging and Long Term Care to implement the program.
Marketing and Recruitment
The program includes funds for marketing and recruitment to highlight the resources available through the program and the rewarding aspects of working as a nurse aide caring for Wisconsin’s elders. Public service announcements will also highlight training and testing to be provided at no cost to the student, and a $500 bonus to be paid to the nurse aide after six months of employment in a nursing home.
Training and Testing
The program will provide free training for up to 1,000 students through approved nursing home certified nursing assistant (CNA) training programs. An additional 2,000 students will be able to train through an approved Wisconsin Technical College System CNA program. Testing fees for the state competency exam will be covered for all students who successfully complete training through these programs.
Nursing Home Engagement
The program will also include resources and training to help nursing homes hire and retain the best possible workforce.
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