As part of UW Health’s ongoing commitment to addressing the nursing workforce shortage, the health system has partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Madison College to create one of the nation’s first registered nurse apprenticeships.

The four-year program is designed specifically to support racially, ethnically and socio-economically diverse health care personnel to pursue an associate degree in nursing and make them eligible to take the board examination to become registered nurses.

Workforce shortages across the health care industry have reached crisis levels, with high turnover rates for nurses nationwide and limited educational opportunities for those wishing to become nurses, according to Rudy Jackson, chief nurse executive, UW Health.

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