On the heels of Governor Doyle’s announcement of over $11 million in WI health care workforce funding, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Devleopment and Wisconsin Center for Nursing recently announced the results from the state’s Registered Nurses Survey.
According to DWD Secretary Robera Gassman there will be an increase need for new health care workers, and nurses are in the greatest demand of all occupations in the state. Survey results show nurses are significantly older than the general labor force, so addressing future labor shortages will be key. Over 8,000 healthcare workers per year will be needed through 2018. Currently the state licenses about 77,500 RNs.
More survey information can be found at worknet.wisconsin.gov.
The Wisconsin Center for Nursing will be analyzing all the survey data and developing a statewide strategic plan to address nursing workforce needs. A formal report will be issued to the WI Legislature in September 2011.