The Center for Nursing leads strategies to support the education, recruitment and retention of nurses in West Virginia.

We believe in creating long-term solutions to create a better future for all nursing professionals in our state. We use workforce planning, education, financial support, research and nurse practice development as our tools to make this happen.

The Center for Nursing was created in May 2005 at the recommendation of the Nursing Shortage Study Commission, a group established by the WV Legislature in 2001. The Commission found that an organization needed to be created to figure out solutions to key issue areas affecting nurses, including:

Creating healthy work environments and job satisfaction

Finding funding for nursing students and continuing education

Evaluating nursing education programs

Forming alliances with initiatives that leverage support and funding

SINCE THEN, THE CENTER FOR NURSING HAS BEEN A HUB OF ACTIVITY TO SUPPORT THESE GOALS.

Creating models such as the Junior Nurse Academy and the NurseĀ Residency Program, conducting regular surveys with employers and educators about employment and training, gathering data on the size of the workforce and activities, all work in support of the recruitment and retention of nurses in West Virginia.