In an effort to attract and retain more nursing home caregivers, the Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched an innovative program called the WisCaregiver Career Program. DHS has received federal approval to move forward with the more than $2.3 million investment to implement the WisCaregiver 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.
The program will also include resources and training to help nursing homes hire and retain the best possible workforce.
On September 14, Wisconsin nursing homes attended a webinar introducing them to the benefits of the WisCaregiver Career Program as a possible solution to the workforce shortage faced by the nursing home industry. Below is a copy of the presentation and other materials related to the webinar.
- WisCaregiver Career Webinar presentation slides (PDF), webinar recording (Adobe Connect, help), Questions and Answers (PDF)
- Form to submit intent to sign up for the program (nursing homes only). Please submit intent no later than Friday, October 13.
- Unemployment rates by county (PDF)
- Map showing locations of technical colleges, nursing homes with nurse aide training programs and all other nursing homes (PDF)
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