UW Stevens Point to Offer Nursing Program, Local Healthcare Providers Excited

By: Al Knox - Email
By: Al Knox - Email

According to the American Nurses Association, more than 50 percent of current nurses are near retirement. That’s got one local school starting up a new program, looking to put new nurses out into the workforce within the next couple years.

UW Stevens Point will soon be offering a Bachelor program that will allow registered nurses to get their four year degree.

It’s been a long time coming, UW Stevens Point has been discussing it for more than a decade, and now the school will finally offer a bachelor program, one that will hopefully help keep nurses right here in central Wisconsin.

The program is going to give registered nurses in our area a chance to get their four year degree in nursing. The idea is to help train registered nursed with more experience and hands-on training, like they'll actually see in the work place.

Along with UW Stevens Point, local hospitals and health care providers are excited about the announcement. They’re hoping it keeps well trained nurses right here in central Wisconsin.

President of Ministry St. Michael’s Hospital, Jeff Martin, says this new announcement will benefit people all across the state, and that’s no different for people in our area. "We have found in research that nurses tend to stay within a 30 mile radius of where they get their two year degree. Many of them have started families, so it's really important that educational opportunities be close to home."

Close to home they'd be, Ministry St. Michael’s is directly across the road from UW Stevens Point's campus. That close draw is another thing the Martin says he hopes will help keep nurses local once their degree is completed.

Anyone who’s interested will have to apply just like any other program at the school. Those applications are being accepted over the next couple months.

The new nursing program will begin in Spring of this year.

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