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The Wisconsin Nursing Workforce:
Status and Recommendations

WCN 2013 Report - The Nursing Workforce in Wisconsin: Status and Recommendations

WCN 2013 Report - Executive Summary


Welcome to the Wisconsin Center for Nursing (WCN) 2013 report, The Wisconsin Nursing Workforce: Status & Recommendations. The historical landmark report provides a comprehensive profile of the current nursing workforce in Wisconsin.
The report was accomplished with support from many individuals and partners. It is based on review of state and national reports and workforce planning efforts, and integrates findings from ongoing data analyses by WCN made possible through mandated surveys and re-licensure fees administered as grant funding under Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 106.30. It also includes data from national workforce reports and affirms the 2011 Institute of Medicine Report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.
We are grateful to the Governor of Wisconsin, the legislators, and our partners at the Department of Workforce Development.  We are also grateful to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, for making the nursing surveys accessible to thousands of nurses in our state, and the nurses of Wisconsin for their cooperation in responding to these important surveys.
WCN deeply appreciates the work of our researchers and the significant contributions of their respective institutions, specifically UW–Madison School of Nursing, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing, UW-Oshkosh College of Nursing and Marquette University College of Nursing. We extend sincere appreciation to the Faye McBeath Foundation, a long standing partner that has provided support for our mission and the nursing profession. WCN appreciates the support of a multitude partners throughout the state. (A complete listing of partner organizations is on page 3 of the report.)
The Wisconsin Nursing Workforce: Status and Recommendations provides strategic recommendations, and is intended for use by educators, health systems, governmental agencies, workforce planners and policy-makers, to implement strategies to mitigate emerging nursing workforce challenges. It provides judicious information on the status of the workforce, and serves as a foundation to address projected nursing shortages which will impact the future of healthcare delivery.
The WCN Board of Directors is proud to emulate Wisconsin’s motto, “Forward,” as we move ahead in planning for our future nursing workforce, and is pleased to provide this report for the people of Wisconsin.