A tuition credit will strengthen Wisconsin’s health care workforce by incentivizing nursing students at UW System schools to help staff hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and health care facilities in the state during the recent COVID-19 surge and its aftermath.
The initiative is funded through a $500,000 COVID-19 Response Grant from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Wisconsin Partnership Program and is led by the UW–Madison School of Nursing.
This grant expands the COVID-19 student health care worker initiative previously announced by UW System in December 2021 to help address widespread health care staffing challenges in the state as the omicron variant threatened to overwhelm Wisconsin’s health care systems. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services provided the initial $500,000 toward the incentive program. Now, with a combined $1 million in funding, up to 2,000 UW nursing students will be eligible for a $500 tuition credit during the spring semester for working in hospitals and other health care settings between December 1, 2021 and March 20, 2022.