New Licensing Requirement for Wisconsin RNs

All Registered Nurses (RNs) in Wisconsin renewing their licenses from January 5, 2012 to March 1, 2012 will be required to complete a confidential survey. The state will use the data from the survey to identify areas of need in the nursing profession. Completion of this survey is required by law for each RN and renewed licenses will not be issued until the online survey, or a paper survey, is completed.

Current RNs can expect to receive a postcard early in January with information on how to renew their licenses and take the required workforce survey online. Completing the survey online, regardless of whether you renew your license online, will be the most efficient way to meet the requirement and get your license issued with the least delay. You may also choose to complete the workforce survey online even if you use the paper invoice for renewal. All that is needed to complete the survey online is your credential number. The credential number is used to verify on your record that you have completed the survey – but the credential number will not in any way be tied to your responses. No e-mail address or payment information is required to complete the survey online.

You may complete the survey from your home computer, at Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Job Centers across the state, or at public libraries.  You may also wish to ask your employer about providing access to computers at work.

If you choose to use a paper invoice to renew rather than using online renewal, you may do so by printing the survey PDF from the DSPS website at: http://dsps.wi.gov/docview.asp?docid=1036&locid=0.

Once the survey responses are analyzed, a statewide nursing center will work with health care and nursing organizations in Wisconsin to develop a statewide strategic plan to address workforce needs in Wisconsin.

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