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Nurse leaders began a vision for the WCN on an important date in history, Sept 11, 2001.

Wisconsin Center for Nursing History

September 11, 2001 – Nursing leaders from around the state discuss a vision for collaboration & redesign to ensure the nursing workforce in Wisconsin

2001-2004 – Creating awareness, enhanced communication, forming partnerships, exploring options for funding

2005 – WCN established as an organization & Board of Directors appointed

2006 - Established 501(c)(3) status as not-for-profit tax exempt organization

2006 – Full-time Executive Director hired.

2007 – Partnership with  Faye McBeath Foundation partnership  - RWJF Partners Investing in Nursing  (PIN) first grant award

2007 - Advisory Council established

2007 – First website created:

2008 –Healthier WI Partnership Program grant – Medical College of Wisconsin in collaboration with members of the Wisconsin Healthcare Workforce Data Collaborative

2009 – Successful legislation, WI Statutes 106.30, to mandate the collection, analysis & dissemination of nursing workforce data, and to occur bi-annually at time of re-licensure for both RNs and LPNs.

2010Wisconsin RN Survey – Historical ‘first’ survey of 77,553 nurses

2011 – WCN Five Year Strategic Plan

2011 Wisconsin LPN Survey

2011Wisconsin Education Survey

2011 - Partnership with  Faye McBeath Foundation partnership  - RWJF Partners Investing in Nursing (PIN) second grant award

2011 – Application RWJF Action Coalition status with Rural WI Health Cooperative to lead response to the IOM Report: The Future of Nursing in Wisconsin

2011 – New website launched

Acord, L., Dennik-Champion, G., Lundeen, S., &  Schuler, S. (2010). "Vision, grit and collaboration: How the Wisconsin Center for Nursing achieved both sustainable funding and established itself as a state health care workforce leader." Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, 11(2), 126-131.