Walker: Reform at State Level Reduces Processing Time for Nursing Students
For the City-Times
Governor Scott Walker’s focus on government reform will result in dramatically-reduced application processing time for Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) graduates according to Dave Ross, Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).
After a successful pilot project, the DSPS has officially launched a new Online Licensure Application System (OLAS) for RN and LPN graduates. A part of Governor Walker’s Lean Government Initiative, OLAS replaces a cumbersome paper process with a paperless system that allows new RN and LPN graduates from Wisconsin Board of Nursing approved schools to complete their licensure application online, dramatically reducing the waiting time to begin their career.
“Through innovation sparked by Governor Walker’s focus on government reform, we are making it easier to get to work in Wisconsin,” said Secretary Ross. “OLAS is vital for aspiring credential holders and enables nursing students to move forward with their exam as soon as we’ve been notified of their graduation.”
In addition to allowing new RN and LPN graduates to apply for licensure and pay fees online, OLAS provides schools with an efficient, paperless online process to approve Statements of Graduation or Completion.
“Under the previous paper process, new graduates would wait an average of 15-20 days for their application to be processed by the DSPS,” said Secretary Ross. “As a result of the efficiencies brought about by OLAS, however, application processing time will be reduced to an average of two days. In addition, the OLAS system will save DSPS an estimated 2,160 staff hours each year.”
Plans are underway to expand OLAS to include additional credentials by the end of the year.
More information is available at: https://olas.wi.gov/.