UW schools hope programs avert nursing shortage

Posted Monday, January 20, 2014 --- 9:50 a.m.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- Four schools in the University of Wisconsin System are hoping a new grant program will help avert a nursing shortage in coming decades.

An Eau Claire Leader-Telegram report says the schools want more nurses to become nurse educators, so they can train more people to fill open positions.

As incentives the schools are offering fellowships and loan-forgiveness programs. The grants will be available to nurses enrolling in graduate programs at UW campuses in Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee and Oshkosh.

The money is part of a $3.2 million UW System economic-development incentive grant.

A report from the Wisconsin Center for Nursing says the state could face a shortfall of 20,000 registered nurses by 2035 -- a result of expected retirements and an aging population.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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