Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session

Pending Legislation

AR 14

Health care occupation task force

Full Description

(Wieckert) The resolution asks the Wisconsin Technical College System and the University of Wisconsin System to form a task force to make recommendations to the Wisconsin State Assembly on ways to reduce nursing shortage and reduce the shortage of other health care occupation professionals. The resolution further requests that a white paper on recommendations to reduce the health care professional shortage from the task force be submitted to the Wisconsin State Assembly by January 20, 2006.

Referred to: Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities.

UW System Position

SUPPORT: The UW System has participated in a number of task forces on health care worker shortages, including:

  • Governor Scott McCallum’s Taskforce on Health Care Worker Shortage, 2002.
  • Governor Doyle’s DWD Select Committee on Healthcare Workforce Development.
  • The UW System Charting Study in 2003 included a recommendation to increase the capacity of UW nursing programs and subsequently applied for federal funding to address the state’s nursing educator shortage.
  • The 2003 UW Economic Summit also produced a white paper on the education needs for providing health care workers.
  • Additionally, UW System and WTCS worked together to form articulation agreement to ease transfer of credits between the systems for nursing students.

The UW System would welcome the opportunity to continue these discussions and see them translate into a state funding investment to expand the capacity of our healthcare professional programs.