Scholarship Success!

For Immediate Release                                               Contact: Joey Pettis, Executive DirectorPhone: 877.366.1144 x 2Email: Nursing Scholarship Fundraiser Success Long-Term Care Nursing Symposium 2019 Raises $8,720 Wisconsin – February 28, 2019 – The Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council announces with great excitement that the Annual Nursing Scholarship Banquet Dinner held during their annual Symposium, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, received $4,360 in donations.  This, along with the matching fund donation made by North Shore Healthcare, has earned $8,720 to provide nursing student scholarships to those who are committed to working in the long-term care continuum.  The Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council has had the privilege over the last 26 years to provide $54,000 in nursing scholarships to students pursuing a career in the long-term care continuum.  It is due to the generosity of each of our members and conference attendees that we can provide scholarships.  This year we were presented with an excellent opportunity to increase our funds significantly – North Shore Healthcare matched the money we raise upto $5,000.  The Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council – Education Forum, Inc. will be able to provide at least eight $1,000 nursing scholarships. “We are honored to partner with the Council and award scholarships to nurses who are eager to continue their education and hone their skills in long-term care nursing. We support our direct caregivers and nurses, and we are grateful for the opportunity to help shape the future of those who will provide care to residents,” said Dee McCarthy, Chief Clinical Officer for North Shore Healthcare. Joey Pettis, Executive Director, of Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council, “This year’s banquet was amazing.  Our attendees really stepped up to earn the most we’ve ever made at our banquet.  To also […]

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I’m scared. You should be too.

The Closing of Wisconsin Nursing Homes and the Staffing Crisis Needs Everyones Attention. Last Thursday was Valentine’s Day, but that day my heart was breaking. It started as a pleasant Thursday. The facility I consulted with had a deficiency-free survey — a great accomplishment for their team. The WI DON Council received its provider number from the California Board of Registered Nursing.  A wonderful addition to offering continuing education hours to our members.  I was appointed to be a part of the Wisconsin Dementia Task Force on behalf of the WI DON Council. A tremendous honor to advocate for our dementia resident on behalf of our members. All in all, it had been a week of positives.  Then I heard the news.  Word was out that yet another facility in Milwaukee is closing.  The Director of Nursing, one of our members, and her staff are going through the challenge of closing a facility and displacing the elderly from what they know to call home.   It makes me sad. It makes me angry. It makes me worried.  Wisconsin, we should be scared. I’m scared! Why Scared! This announcement makes six nursing home announcing closures in the first seven weeks of 2019. 27 nursing homes closed in 2016-2018.  Many of these closures were related to the  low Medicaid reimbursement rate. When all is said and done, Wisconsin will have lost 33 long term care facilities since 2016. Read on after you have had a moment to digest the figures above. How can we sustain this rate of closure? How can we continue to care for our most vulnerable population,  if homes are not around when they are needed. We all understand the push for home based care, […]

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Symposium Exhibitor Registration Open

Registration is open for the 2017 Symposium Exhibitor Showcase. Early registration ends Sept. 30th, 2016.

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