Nursing shortage to be studied in Wisconsin
By JOEL DRESANG
of the Journal Sentinel staff
Last Updated: Nov. 26, 2001
Three state agencies and seven organizations representing nurses and their employers began an electronic survey Monday to learn from Wisconsin's 70,000 registered nurses how to address the state's nursing shortage.
The mandatory survey, conducted as part of nurses' license renewals, will take nearly six months to complete and is intended to seek information on why nurses leave the field and what can be done to retain them.
The state's shortage of registered nurses is expected to increase in coming years as the population continues to age, more residents require health services and more nurses retire.
"We know there is a critical nurse shortage in Wisconsin and that it is only going to get worse," said Jennifer Reinert, secretary of the Department of Workforce Development. "What we don't know is why the shortage exists and what we can do to reverse that trend."
Reinert's agency has teamed up on the survey with the Department of Health and Family Services and the Department of Regulation and Licensing. They're joined by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, the Wisconsin Nursing Coalition, the Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the Wisconsin Health Care Association, the Wisconsin Homecare Organization, the Wisconsin Health and Hospital Association and the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards.
For more information, go to www.dhfs.state.wi.us/healthcareinfo/RN
Nov 29, '01
NOTHING is checked re practice hours NOR is info collected re employment status, work within or out of state in PA. NO CEUS required. No employer requested. As long as you pay license fee and your check clears, you may renew. If you hold a license in another state via receprocity from PA, any discipline against license in another state, that IS reported back to the state and grounds for discipline here.
We have NO WAY of gathering workplace info in PA, a point we have been hammerin away to our legislators.
We have about 126 schools of nursing (Diploma 24, Associate 22, BSN 34= 80 RN; LPN 46): no data collection or central bank re where these graduates go to practice or obtain initial licensure, how many work in state , out of state; Full or part time status.
How many RN's and LPN's employed by healthcare facilities in the state?; How many nurses planning to retire or stop practicing?
...NOTHING to guide us in ensuring adequate students + nurses to practice on our state.
With todays sophisticated computer programs, it's criminal....
My 2 cents. Karen
P.S. RE above survey: I was able to access website and FAQ section---info confidential from employer.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Nov 29, '01