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 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.
WisCaregiver Career Program Fact Sheet, P-02030 (PDF)
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 from participating nursing homes after six months of employment.
Pigorsch Media Design is creating the marketing and advertising campaign.
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.
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 nursing homes. Below is a copy of the presentation and other materials related to the webinar.
- WisCaregiver Career Webinar presentation slides (PDF), webinar recording, Questions and Answers (PDF)
- Participating WisCaregiver Nursing Homes, P-02031 (PDF)
- Form to submit intent to sign up for the program (nursing homes only).
WisCaregiver Program Webinar Series
Learn about recruitment and retention best practices. Webinars will be conducted by Adobe Connect. All sessions will run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays:
- March 1
- April 5
- May 3
- June 7
- Additional dates will be announced in the future
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