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  • WVCN New Administrator

    WVCN Appoints Lissa Gonzalez as its New Administrator 

    The Board of Directors of the West Virginia Center for Nursing has announced the appointment of Lissa Gonzalez, MSN, MBA, APRN, FNP-BC, as the Center’s administrator. Lissa joined the Center in late November 2018 after the retirement of the previous administrator Drema Pierson in July.

    “I am pleased to be offered this opportunity and excited to take the Center into its next chapter,” Gonzalez said.

    While still maintaining programs such as the scholarship program, clinical scheduling, and junior nursing academy, Gonzalez wants to expand the Center’s mission with nursing workforce data.

    “I hope to optimize our data and make it useful to assist in strategic nursing workforce planning and development. Our mission at the Center for Nursing is to improve the health and healthcare of all West Virginians through strategic nursing workforce planning and development,” Lissa said.

    Lissa began her nursing career with her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky. She completed her master’s degree in nursing at University of Pittsburgh and began working as a family nurse practitioner. While working as a nurse practitioner in primary care, she obtained another master’s degree, in business administration, from Ohio University. Lissa will continue a part-time clinical practice while working at the Center for Nursing.

    The Center welcomes your feedback and support. You may contact Lissa at (304) 558-0838 or lissa.gonzalez@wvhepc.edu.

  • Long Term Care Services Nursing Demand Projections 2015 – 2030

    This is one in a series of HRSA reports on the health care workforce, in this case intended to provide information on the future demand for RNs and LPNs in LTSS. These occupations are faced with the challenges of a rapidly aging U.S. population, with longer life expectancy and rising burden of disease.

    Looking to the future, many factors will continue to affect demand and supply of the LTSS workforce, including demographically driven demand for health services.10 For example, any potential future changes to the Medicaid program could play a role in determining service use, site of care, and workforce availability.

    Policies to improve population health are likely to increase (rather than reduce) demand for nursing occupations in LTSS due to increased longevity, despite slight short-term declines in demand related to improvements in average health. Long term services Nursing projections HRSA

  • 2018 – 2019 Nursing Scholarship Application

    West Virginia Center for Nursing awards $422,000 in scholarships

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Center for Nursing announced today that 224 students will receive funds totaling $422,000 as part of the Nursing Scholarship Program. The program, which is administered by the West Virginia Center for Nursing in conjunction with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC), helps licensed practical, registered, master’s and doctoral nursing students pursue their degrees.

    “The Center for Nursing plays a crucial role in helping address our state’s need for healthcare providers,” Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the HEPC, said. “This scholarship is an example of our efforts to directly align our higher education initiatives to support workforce development. I am so pleased that we are able to assist these students in fulfilling their dreams for pursuing a meaningful and in-demand career in West Virginia.”

    The number of students receiving funds has increased exponentially from last August, when 76 students were presented with the award. Drema Pierson, MSN, MBA, RN, Administrator for the Center for Nursing, attributed the increase to ongoing promotion of the scholarship and the introduction of an online application that simplified and streamlined the application process.

    In order to qualify for a scholarship, nursing students must be West Virginia residents and agree to fulfill a service obligation to work in West Virginia for each year they receive an award. To apply for a scholarship, students should visit www.wvcenterfornursing.org The online application will reopen on April 15, 2018, and the deadline to apply for an award for the 2018-19 academic year will be June 1.

    The West Virginia Legislature created the West Virginia Center for Nursing in 2004. In addition to supporting the Nursing Scholarship Program, the Center focuses on nursing workforce planning and development to help alleviate an ongoing shortage of nurses. The program is funded by a $10 fee paid during the yearly license renewal process completed by every licensed practical and registered nurse in the state.

  • West Virginia Center for Nursing Awards $469,250 in Nursing Scholarships for 2018-2019

    West Virginia Center for Nursing Awards $469,250 in Nursing Scholarships for 2018-2019

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Center for Nursing announced that 287 West Virginia nursing students will receive funds totaling $469,250 as part of the Nursing Scholarship Program. The program, which is administered by the West Virginia Center for Nursing in conjunction with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC), helps licensed practical, registered, master’s and doctoral nursing students pursue their degrees.

    Drema Pierson, MSN, MBA, RN, Administrator for the Center for Nursing, said that the number of students applying and receiving funds has increased significantly every year with targeted promotion of the scholarship and the introduction of an online application that streamlined the application process in 2016.

    In order to qualify for a scholarship, nursing students must be West Virginia residents and agree to fulfill a service obligation to work in West Virginia for each year they receive an award. To apply for a scholarship, students should visit www.wvcenterfornursing.org  The online application will reopen on April 15, 2019, and the deadline to apply for an award for the 2019 – 2020 academic year is June 1, 2019.

    The West Virginia Legislature created the West Virginia Center for Nursing in 2004. In addition to supporting the Nursing Scholarship Program, the Center focuses on nursing workforce planning and development to help alleviate an ongoing shortage of nurses. The program is funded by a $10 fee paid during the yearly license renewal process completed by every licensed practical and registered nurse in the state.

  • Nursing Workforce 2017 Data Summary

    The Community and Technical College System of West Virginia (CTCS), the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and the West Virginia Center for Nursing hosted a roundtable discussion regarding critical nursing shortages in West Virginia.   CTCS Chancellor Sarah Tucker, HEPC Chancellor Paul Hill, Administrator of the West Virginia Center for Nursing, Drema Pierson as well as, nurse leaders, educators and employers of nurses meet on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Advanced Technology Center in South Charleston, WV to review nursing workforce data and examine best practices to guarantee an adequate supply of nurses into the future.

    Panel Presentations can be found here