UW System offering tuition credit to student nurses who help with health care crisis over winter break

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MADISON, Wis. — Nursing students within the University of Wisconsin System will have the chance to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic while gaining experience and a tuition credit.

UW System President Tommy Thompson announced the new initiative Tuesday. The system’s roughly 4,000 nursing students will be able to receive a $500 tuition credit for working in hospitals and other health care settings over the winter break, along with helping to administer potential vaccines for COVID-19.

“The UW System continues to look for ways to help the state during the pandemic, and this proposal is another example of the Wisconsin Idea in action,” Thompson said in a statement. “We have worked closely with Wisconsin’s health care providers and nursing homes to identify this need and are glad we can help.”

More information on the nursing incentive program will be released at a later time.

Thompson is also working closely with Gov. Tony Evers and state Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to help expand COVID-19 testing throughout the state.

Earlier in the month, the UW System received 250,000 rapid-results COVID-19 tests to open surge testing sites at its 13 four-year universities.

“We continue to prioritize the safety of our campuses and our communities, and we’ll do everything we can to help Wisconsin aggressively fight this virus,” said Board of Regents President Andrew S. Petersen. “We are incredibly grateful for our state and federal partners in combating this serious public health pandemic.”

To date, more than 55,000 tests have been administered across the testing sites, which are free and open to the public.