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State launches innovative program to recruit nurse aides

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MADISON (WKOW) -- There is a need in Wisconsin for more nursing home caregivers.

The state's launching a new program to recruit and train nurse aides.

It's called the Wisconsin Caregiver Career Program and it's designed to add up to 3,000 nurse aides to the workforce.

The program will offer free training for students and a $500 retention bonus after six months on the job at a nursing home.

Nurse aides provide basic care for residents in nursing homes, performing duties from feeding to bathing to dressing. 

The Department of Health Services got federal approval for the $2.3 million investment.

DHS is developing the program in partnership with nursing homes, LeadingAge Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Health Care Association, and the Wisconsin Technical College System.

In Wisconsin, more than 87,000 residents live in long-term and residential care facilities.

That's an increase of 18% since 2003, yet one in seven caregiving staff positions is unfilled.
 

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