WisCaregiver Career Program

WisCaregiver Careers launched March 1, 2018. Go to WisCaregiver.com to sign up today.


Wisconsin Caregiver Program Logo

In an effort to attract and retain more nursing home caregivers, the Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched an innovative program called WisCaregiver Careers. DHS has received federal approval to move forward with the more than $2.3 million investment to implement the WisCaregiver Careers, designed to add approximately 3,000 nurse aides to the workforce, in this high demand field.

DHS is partnering 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.


Newsletter Updates

WisCaregiver Careers December 2018/January 2019 Update Newsletter (PDF)
WisCaregiver Careers October/November 2018 Update Newsletter (PDF)
WisCaregiver Careers August/September 2018 Update Newsletter (PDF)
WisCaregiver Careers June/July 2018 Update Newsletter (PDF)
WisCaregiver Careers April/May 2018 Update Newsletter (PDF)
WisCaregiver Careers March 2018 Update Newsletter (PDF)
WisCaregiver Careers January 2018 Update Newsletter (PDF)

Program Information
Caregiver Workforce Issues


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 highlight training and testing to be provided at no cost to the student, and a $500 retention bonus paid by participating nursing homes after six months of employment.

Training and Testing

The program will provide free training for up to 1,000 students through approved nursing home nurse aide training programs. An additional 2,000 students will be able to train through an approved Wisconsin Technical College System nurse aide training program. Testing fees for the state competency exam will be covered for all students who successfully complete training through these programs.

Participating WisCaregiver Careers Nurse Aide Training Programs, P-02031A (PDF)

Workforce Solutions

Caretaker sitting at meal with two elderly women

The WisCaregiver Career Program will also include resources and training to help nursing homes hire and retain the best possible workforce.

WisCaregiver Careers Facility Practices for Recruitment and Retention, P-02140 (PDF)

On January 18, Wisconsin nursing homes attended a webinar showing how to implement WisCaregiver Careers as a future employer for students receiving the free training and testing through the program. Below is a copy of the presentation and other materials related to the webinar.

On September 14, 2017, Wisconsin nursing homes attended a webinar introducing them to the benefits of WisCaregiver Careers as a possible solution to the workforce shortage faced by nursing homes. Below is a copy of the presentation and other materials related to the webinar.

2019 WisCaregiver Careers Webinar Series

DHS is hosting a series of free webinars featuring nursing home staff and other experts who will share their best practices for successful staff recruitment and retention. All webinars are scheduled from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The upcoming webinars are:

May 2: Presenter to be determined
September 5: Presenter to be determined
December 6: Year Two Highlights & Accomplishments

Additional information about these webinars will be provided via WisCaregiver Careers email list closer to the date of each webinar. You can sign up to receive these updates.

To participate:

If you would like to make sure your audio is working correctly, click Meeting at the top left corner and select Audio Setup Wizard.

Webinars will be recorded and made available on this page after they take place.

Previous 2019 Webinars

February 7: Webinar featured guest speaker Denise Boudreau-Scott, who discussed innovative ways to improve recruitment efforts.

2018 WisCaregiver Careers Webinar Series

December 6: Year one highlights and accomplishments

November 1: Webinar featured guest Christine M.W. Witt, executive director of Advanced Employment, Inc.

October 11: Webinar featured Susan Churchill and Sharon Mylrea, development specialists with UW-Oshkosh Center for Community Development, Engagement and Training, discussing the Caregivers SOAR! program.

September 6: Webinar featured Dr. Paul White, author and founder of Appreciation at Work and Creating a More Positive Work Culture with the 5 Languages of Appreciation

August 2: Webinar featured guest Karen Hayden of SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital discussed the subject of employee recruitment and retention.

June 7: Webinar featured guest Anna Ortigara of Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), who discussed peer mentorship programs.

May 3: Webinar featured guests from Karen Sautbine of Lakeland Health Care Center and Ila Johnson of Good Shepherd Services addressing the subject of employee recruitment and retention.

April 5: Webinar featured guests from Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center and North Central Health Care addressing the subject of employee recruitment and retention.

March 1: Webinar featured guest speaker, Denise Boudreau-Scott. Topics included website demonstration, media campaign, and employee engagement.

WisCaregiver Careers in the News

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Last Revised: April 3, 2019