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Certified Nursing Assistant (Medical Short Term Care) $2000 Sign-On Bonus 
Job Announcement Code(s): 20-02080

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    Certified Nursing Assistant - Medical Short Term Care Unit

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Part Time (less than 40 hrs/week)
Evening 2nd Shift (3pm to 11pm or similar hours)
Evening 3rd Shift (11pm to 7am or similar hours)
The starting pay is $19.30 per hour. A $1.20 add-on will be added for all hours worked after initial training. A $.45 night and $.60 weekend differential are also available. A $2000 sign-on bonus applies to those who do not have any prior state service in the last 5 years and must stay with CWC for a minimum of one year to retain the bonus. Bonus will be split, $1000 upon hire and $1000 after one year. A 12-month probationary period is required. This position is in pay schedule and range 06/12.
Special Qualifications:
Current CNA certification.
Allyvia Vang, Human Resources Specialist,
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Assessment Information:
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Do you have a passion to help others while earning a competitive wage with phenomenal benefits? We provide successful applicants with paid on-the-job CNA Certification training.

The Central Wisconsin Center (CWC) of the Department of Health Services (DHS) is recruiting to fill multiple Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) positions. These positions are also known as Resident Care Technician - Advanced. CWC is a nationally recognized, long-term care organization which supports individuals with intellectual disabilities. CWC is located at 317 Knutson Drive on North side of Madison. Click here to see what working for CWC is all about.

CWC full-time employees enjoy several State benefits including enrollment in the State of Wisconsin retirement plan, 3.5 weeks of vacation, 9 paid holidays, sick leave, and multiple low-cost insurance options. CWC also has a 24/7 fitness center, free parking, and is on the bus route. For more information about CWC and State employee benefits, please click here.

Low-cost insurance options start at $32/month for single plans and $80/month for family plans after two months of state service.

There are multiple shifts available, including part-time options. These positions require the ability to work scheduled hours as needed (day, evening, night, weekends, and holidays), including overtime as needed with shifts up to 15.5 hours long.

Position Summary:   

The Resident Care Technician - Advanced (RCT-A) is responsible for the care of post-surgical, rehabilitative, and or medically complex individuals admitted to the Medical Short Term Care Unit. In addition to assisting the Activities of Daily Living as indicated, active treatment and achievement of individualized goals for the admission, the RCT-A must demonstrate the ability to adapt to a changing census and level of medical acuity and assignment on short notice. The RCT-A incorporates advanced knowledge of unique needs in the plan of care for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The RCT-A is responsible to adhere to ICF-IID regulations pertaining to, but not limited to: individual protections, active treatment services, individual behavior programs, health care services, and dietary services.

Special Notes:   

Due to the nature of the position, all applicants who may be appointed to this position will be required to allow DHS to conduct a background check to determine whether the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job being filled.

All appointees will be required to receive a TB test, which will be administered by CWC or medical personnel approved by the facility prior to their start date.

This position has physical requirements which may include, but are not limited to: lifting 55 pounds, bending, kneeling, crawling, and twisting. Applicants may be required to pass a physical evaluation to assess these requirements.


Minimally qualified applicants will have:

  • A valid CNA certification.

  • Ability to work additional hours including nights, weekends, and holidays as needed.

  • Ability to work with residents of all ages and genders.

  • Ability to provide care for residents who have intellectual disabilities, intense physical care needs, and challenging behaviors.

  • Experience building positive work relationships with residents and fellow employees.

Well-qualified applicants will have:

  • Experience providing direct care to medically complex individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

  • Experience reading, interpreting, and applying complex information included in treatment programs or frequently changing plans of care.  

How To Apply:   

Click on the "Preview Assessment" link near the top of this announcement to view the qualifications that will be evaluated in the initial part of the selection process.

After you have previewed the assessment and would like to apply for this position, click "Log In" to access your existing account or to create a new account if you do not already have an account in the system. After you have logged in, click "Apply Now." You will be asked to provide your personal information. Attach your current resume (in a Word or PDF compatible format). Your resume is a very important part of your application at DHS and is used during the evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they are related to this job. For suggestions on what to include when developing your resume, please click here. To be considered for this position applicants must complete the online process. Failure to submit all required materials will result in an incomplete application and ineligibility for this position. Application materials will not be accepted if received in an incomplete format, an email, as a hard copy, or as a fax.

Applicants deemed eligible may be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the HR Specialist on this announcement.

Permanent classified State employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, reinstatement) must complete the application process to apply. Pay on transfer, demotion, or reinstatement are based on the State of Wisconsin Compensation Plan.

Questions regarding the in-person assessment and interviews can be directed to Tanya Ketelboeter at Technical issues or questions regarding your application can be directed to Allyvia Vang at

Please note: Important communication regarding this recruitment will be sent via email.

DHS is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce.

Veterans are encouraged to apply. For complete information on veterans hiring programs that may benefit you, please visit the Employment Assistance page on WDVA's website.

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