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training requirements for Wisconsin

Regulatory Bodies

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Wisconsin Board of Nursing
Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care

Federal: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

  • Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)
  • Personal Care Workers (PCW)
  • Home Health Aides (HHA)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)

State Specific Training Requirements

  • In Wisconsin, Personal Care Workers (PCWs) are not regulated or required to complete any specific training or education. However, they may receive training through their employers or through state-approved training programs. Therefore, there are no specific requirements for initial or annual training hours for PCWs in Wisconsin.
  • For CNAs, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services requires that at least two of the 12 hours of annual training cover infection prevention and control, including standard precautions, and at least one hour cover resident rights.
  • HHA annual training addresses the following topics: Infection control; Client rights and confidentiality; Care of the elderly and disabled; Communication with clients and families; Observation, reporting, and documentation; Nutrition and meal preparation; Safety and emergency procedures; Abuse and neglect identification and reporting; Medication administration; Basic body mechanics and transfer techniques; CPR and first aid; End-of-life care
  • It is important to note that the specific designations and requirements for home and health care workers in Wisconsin may vary depending on the type of services being provided, the setting in which those services are provided, and other factors. Some home and health care agencies may require additional training or certifications beyond the minimum state requirements, depending on the specific services they provide and the needs of their clients.
  • Therefore, it’s important for home and health care providers and agencies to check with their employer or a Wisconsin-approved training program to determine any additional training requirements that may apply to their job.

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