WisCaregiver Career Program

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In an effort to attract and retain more nursing home caregivers, the Department of Health Services (DHS) launched the innovative WisCaregiver Career Program on March 1, 2018. DHS received federal approval to invest $2.3 million to implement WisCaregiver Careers, designed to add approximately 3,000 nurse aides to this high-demand field.

To learn more about the program, refer to the WisCaregiver Careers Fact Sheet, P-02030 (PDF).

Program Status

WisCaregiver Careers for nursing homes launched in 2018 and concluded on June 30, 2021. We are no longer accepting applications for nurse aide training. Wisconsin Health Care Association in Collaboration with LeadingAge Wisconsin is administering a DWD Fast Forward Grant. Please contact Kate Battiato for more information.

Caregiver Workforce Issues

Workforce Solutions

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, 2018 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

December 12: Year Two Highlights & Accomplishments.

September 5: Webinar featured guest speaker Stephen Campbell, Data and Policy Analyst at PHI, who discussed smart decision making to support nursing home recruitment and retention.

May 2: Webinar featured guest speaker Christopher Ridenhour, who discussed opportunities for employee coaching, engagement, and retention.

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 Two Highlights and Accomplishments

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

October 11: Webinar featured guests 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 guest 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: October 19, 2021