UW System encourages students in healthcare to join front-line fight against COVID-19 pandemic


(WFRV) – The University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson is encouraging UW students with nursing skills and other health backgrounds to work on the front lines of Wisconsin’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by offering some added incentives.

“The UW System has identified a need and is stepping up to help,” President Thompson said. “As Wisconsin deals with this terrible pandemic, the need for health care workers has never been greater. 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.”

The System announced that its nursing students would be able to earn real-time experience and a $500 tuition refund for agreeing to work in hospitals and other health care settings and to help administer vaccines, including anticipated vaccines that combat COVID-19.

A $500 tuition refund will be provided to students who 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, and February 1.
  • 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.

The program is open to students currently employed or who become employed in a Wisconsin clinical or health care setting and students who qualify will receive a $500 tuition refund at the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

UW officials note that students may receive only one $500 tuition refund regardless of the number of hours worked beyond the 50-hour minimum. Students interested in becoming involved can connect with employers via Handshake, an online job listing, and candidate management system.

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