The West Virginia Center for Nursing (Center) is charged by W.Va. §30-7B with crafting a statewide strategic plan to address the nursing shortage in West Virginia. Pursuant to this directive, we are seeking to engage with nursing partners and other stakeholders across the state in the crafting of this plan to ensure all voices are heard and represented.
The Center was created by the Legislature after a recommendation from the Nursing Shortage Study Commission in May 2005. The Study Commission found there was a need for an organization to develop solutions to the key issues affecting nurses in the state. The Center was restructured by the Legislature in 2014 to focus on nursing scholarships and nursing workforce data. Since this restructuring, the Center has been housed with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Current work of the Center includes but is not limited to:
- Creating models like the West Virginia Junior and Senior Nursing Academy and Nursing Residency.
- Conducting surveys of nursing employers and educators.
- Gathering nursing workforce data
- Administering the West Virginia Nursing Scholarship Program
- Supporting the recruitment and retention of nurses in West Virginia
To this end, we have outlined a broad structure for crafting and implementing a strategic plan to address the nursing shortage in the state. On the subsequent pages of this document, you will find this structure. We encourage you to have your voice heard and offer suggestions in the crafting of this plan so that we are sure our recommendations represent all stakeholders in West Virginia.