MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Four UW campuses are getting grants to help train teachers for nursing schools.
The Madison, Milwaukee, Eau Claire, and Oshkosh campuses are sharing over $3 million in UW incentive grants. They're using the funds to offer fellowships, and forgive student loans for those who agree to teach in nursing schools.
It's an effort to reduce an expected shortfall of registered nurses. The Wisconsin Center for Nursing says the state will have 20,000 fewer RN's than it will need by 2035 unless something's done now.
The additional nurses are needed to handle a growing number of Baby Boomers in their golden years. Many new instructors will replace those who retire.
The average age of nursing instructors in Wisconsin is 58 -- and the Center for Nursing says a third of instructions plan to retire over the next four years.
At UW-Eau Claire, up to 80 percent of qualified undergraduate nursing students have been denied admission because there are not enough people to teach them.
Wisconsin now trains 3,100 nurses a year. The center's report says we'll need 7,500 in just six years.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)