WisCaregiver Careers launches program expansion to support nursing homes

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced Thursday the launch of the expanded WisCaregiver Careers program.

The expanded program will help train more certified nursing aides to help support Wisconsin nursing homes.

Wisconsin residents looking to start or advance a healthcare career as a CNA are encouraged to enroll through the program.

Over 240 employers have registered to participate in the on-the-job training program.

“Wisconsin’s caregivers and nurses are a vital part of ensuring the health and well-being of our entire state,” Governor Evers said. “With an aging population and a nursing workforce shortage that has existed for most of the past decade, we are investing in and expanding this successful program to ensure that every Wisconsinite receives the quality care they need. needed and deserves, while providing free, on-the-job training to Wisconsinans throughout the state.”

The WisCaregiver program was launched to address the shortage of CNAs in Wisconsin nursing homes. The program has trained more than 3,500 CNAs since its launch in 2018.

“This expansion of WisCaregiver Careers will make rewarding healthcare careers possible for even more Wisconsin residents, adding staff who will provide critical support to residents of long-term care facilities and our healthcare staff. that continues to be on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19,” said DHS Secretary-designate Karen Timberlake.

In addition to expanding the program, the new funding will also help increase recruitment efforts for interested Wisconsinites. The campaign has a new website, radio and television ads, social media outreach and print ads in local newspapers.

“We want to thank Governor Evers and his administration for this critical investment in the future stability of the long-term care industry,” said Rick Abrams, CEO of the Wisconsin Health Care Association. “In doing so, the Governor has removed a significant financial barrier that has long impeded access to quality CNA education statewide. This essential program not only benefits potential caregivers, but most importantly the residents and families they serve. »

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