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Tip Sheet for the Week of Jan. 9, 2006

RELEASED: Jan. 9, 2006

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire nursing administrators are encouraging nurses in the Chippewa Valley to complete a statewide survey that they hope will help Wisconsin develop strategies to alleviate the state's nursing shortage.
The 2006 Registered Nurse Workforce Survey — created by several state agencies — will help identify ways to more effectively train and attract new workers to the health care field. Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development economists estimate that 10,000 openings for new and replacement health care workers will be created each year for the next 10 years, as demand for health care increases and current workers retire. Nurses are in the greatest demand. The Chippewa Valley Nursing Education and Practice Advisory Committee (a committee of nursing directors in practice and education in the Chippewa Valley) has endorsed the survey and is encouraging nurses to participate. Elaine Wendt, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UW-Eau Claire and a member of the Chippewa Valley committee, is available to talk about the nursing shortage, including a shortage of nursing faculty, and the importance of the survey. You can reach Wendt at (715) 836-5287 or wendtle@uwec.edu.

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A new program to help public elementary, middle and high school teachers learn innovative, hands-on strategies to teach history is under way at UW-Eau Claire. "Making Americans, Making America: Community, Citizenship, and the Constitution," a three-year program funded by a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Education grant, is accepting applications from interested teachers throughout much of Wisconsin. Educators who teach history to students in grades 4-12 in eight CESA districts can apply for the fellowships. The 70 teachers accepted can earn up to 15 graduate credits (at no cost to them) at UW-Eau Claire. They will participate in three summer institutes at UW-Eau Claire as well as workshops in their regions. The teachers will present the knowledge they gain to other teachers in their regions. As a result, the program will benefit hundreds of teachers and thousands of Wisconsin school children throughout the state. Since few school districts — especially in small, rural areas — have funds to support teacher professional development, the grant program will give teachers opportunities not typically available to them. For more information about the program, contact program director Dr. Oscar Chamberlain at (715) 836-5501 or chambeob@uwec.edu.

Calendar Item
UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, Jan. 16,
in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday. Offices will open and classes will resume Tuesday, Jan. 17.

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