UW System releases specifics on new student nursing program

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Posted at 7:49 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 20:49:34-05

The UW System is releasing details on its new program allowing students to gain experience on the front lines of the pandemic while getting paid for their service.

About 4,000 nursing students can sign up for the program. They will get $500 in tuition refunds, in exchange for working at hospitals and other health care facilities. That includes helping administer COVID-19 vaccines to patients.

“As Wisconsin deals with this terrible pandemic, the need for health care workers has never been greater," System President Tommy Thompson said in a news release Monday. "The UW System is glad to be able to offer this incentive to students, who can use this opportunity to learn and to help our fellow Wisconsinites.”

To receive the refund, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be enrolled at a University of Wisconsin System campus during the Spring 2021 semester.
  • Must work a minimum of 50 hours in a Wisconsin clinical or health care setting, such as a hospital, clinic, nursing home, long-term care facility, state or local health care facility, or state veterans home, between December 1, 2020, and February 1, 2021.
  • Must meet health care licensure and certification requirements, such as a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Emergency Medical Technician (CEMT), or Nurse Aid. Students who also qualify as a CNA under the emergency rule currently in place can participate as well.

Head to the UW System's website to learn more.

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