The Wisconsin Center for Nursing has predicted that by 2035, Wisconsin could see a shortage of at least 20,000 nurses. The lack of nurse educators contributes to the nurse shortage in Wisconsin and across the country, and Nurses for Wisconsin partners hope to attract candidates to the award-winning programs in the UW System.
Nurses for Wisconsin, a partnership between UW System nursing programs at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW Oshkosh and UW-Stevens Point, created a series of videos focused on the urgent demand for nurse educators within the UW System.
Nurses for Wisconsin received $3.2 million in the UW System 2013-15 Economic Development Incentive Grant program to address the nurse educator shortage and recruit faculty. The grant supported fellowship and education loan forgiveness programs to encourage nurses to pursue doctoral degrees or postdoctoral training and assume nurse educator positions in Wisconsin.
The video series includes six short videos featuring the programs at each of the Nurses for Wisconsin campuses. Faculty members, clinical staff and students share their personal experiences and highlight unique aspects of their specific nursing programs. The videos also emphasize the growing demand for nurse educators and encourage nurses to consider this option as a career path.