Earlier this week, both the State Senate and State Assembly unanimously approved Senate Bill 212 (SB 212), which will make it easier for nurse aides, or CNAs, to be employed in Wisconsin. Currently, Wisconsin does not recognize CNA training and experience completed in other states if it does not equal Wisconsin’s standard of 120 hours of training. This legislation will recognize a CNA’s recent past work experience and training from a different state. It also creates a bridge training program so a CNA seeking employment in Wisconsin from another state will receive credit for the hours of training they received elsewhere. SB 212 is now awaiting action by the Governor.
The service CNAs provide is an important level of care in our health care system, and this legislation will help address the growing need for skilled health care workers in our state. For more information on this bill, please click here.