Additional Nursing Scholarship Opportunities

  • Nursing Workforce Roundtable 2017

    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

     

     

     

  • West Virginia 2016 Nurse Faculty Survey released

    In 2016, the West Virginia Center for Nursing undertook a survey of nursing programs leading to the associate or bachelors degree preparing students for licensure as a registered nurse. The WV Center for Nursing presents these data for education planning, workforce planning, and potential legislative solutions to the continuing nursing and faculty shortage.

    Click here to read more:   Nursing Faculty Survey 2016 Final

     

  • NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program application now open

    NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program

    Apply for the 2017 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program – They  accepting applications through February 23, 2017.

    Read the 2017 Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 502 KB)1

    Watch this pre-recorded webinar

    Join a Technical Assistance Call
    Saturday, January 21 – Call #1
    2:00-4:00 PM ET
    Call in Number: 888-790-1751
    Participant passcode: 3509954

    Thursday, February 16 – Call #2
    7:00-9:00 PM ET
    Call in Number: 800-369-1747
    Participant passcode: 4128441

    We support registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and nurse faculty by paying up to 85% of their unpaid nursing education debt.

    Am I Eligible for Loan Repayment?

    Review the following NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program requirements to find out.

    I am a:

    • licensed registered nurse;
    • advanced practice registered nurse, such as a nurse practitioner; or
    • nurse faculty member with qualifying nursing debt.

    I received my nursing education from:

    • an accredited school of nursing located in a U.S. state or territory.

    I work full-time in:

    • an eligible Critical Shortage Facility in a high need area (for RNs, APNs),
    • an accredited school of nursing (for nurse faculty).

    We give funding preference depending on your financial need.

    Why Should I Apply for the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program?

    Too many Americans—particularly in underserved areas—go without checkups, preventive screenings, vaccines, and other care, simply because there are not enough health care professionals to provide care and treatment in their communities. The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program enables you to fulfill your passion to care for underserved people in some of the neediest communities across the country.

    If you apply and are accepted to the program , we will pay for 60% of your unpaid nursing education debt over two years, with an option to extend to a third year for an additional 25% of the original balance.

    In exchange, you work for a minimum of two years in one of the thousands of Critical Shortage Facilities across the country, including hospitals, clinics, and other facilities experiencing a critical shortage of nurses.

    How Do I Apply?

    We’re accepting applications through Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Apply here.

    What Should I Do Before I Apply?

    Before you apply, read the annually updated Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 502 KB)1. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the NURSE Corps contract. It outlines the requirement for fulfilling your minimum two years of service at an eligible Critical Shortage Facility.

    What is a Critical Shortage Facility?

    To receive loan repayment as a registered or advance practice registered nurse, you must work full-time at a Critical Shortage Facility (CSF). A CSF is a public or private nonprofit health care facility located in, designated as, or serving a Health Professional Service Area – an area with shortages of primary care or mental health professionals.

    Review the Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 502 KB)1 for a complete list of eligible facilities.

    What is an Eligible School of Nursing?

    To receive loan repayment as a nurse faculty member, you must teach full-time in an eligible public or private nonprofit school of nursing. We consider a school of nursing to be eligible if it is accredited by a national nursing accrediting agency or a state agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education – view a list of these agencies.

    Persons using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in this file. For assistance, please call our Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393.

    Date Last Reviewed:  January 2017
  • Shelia Kyle, WVCN Board Member Interviewed on Nursing Shortage

    Herald Dispatch, Huntington, WV

    HUNTINGTON – From Huntington to Morgantown to Pikeville, Kentucky, hospitals across the Tri-State are in need of nurses to meet demand.

    “Due to rapid growth” and “due to growing demand,” ads recruiting nurses, especially specialty nurses, have popped up recently.

    Pikeville Medical Center is offering a $25,000 signing bonus and free housing if you live 75 miles away from the city.

    “There is a nursing shortage here in the Tri-State and across the nation,” said Angela Henderson-Bentley, manager of public relations at St. Mary’s Medical Center, which operates the St. Mary’s School of Nursing. “St. Mary’s has responded by devoting more resources to retaining and recruiting nurses.”

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The bureau credits this to a multitude of reasons, including an aging population, greater access to health care and need for greater patient education of conditions.

    Moreover, the number of nurses retiring had begun to exceed the number of nursing school graduates in some parts of the country, the Wall Street Journal reported last week. The article noted that during the recession, many older nurses delayed their retirement, but as the economy improves, more of those nurses are beginning to retire.

    Diane Alcorn, longtime nurse at Marshall Health, said she believes the shortage is in part due to government and regulatory body regulations.

    “Physicians are graded on outcomes,” Alcorn said. “It takes a lot of extra paperwork. To decrease their burden, some of that is shifted to the nursing staff.”

    Hospitals employ half of the nation’s almost 3 million nurses, and Alcorn said short staffing can affect the patients.

    “Nurses then only do priority things,” she said. “Some services will not receive attention they need, like education, which is very important. Nurses may not be able to do that as well as we need to because we have more urgent needs.”

    Follow reporter Taylor Stuck on Twitter and Facebook

    @TaylorStuckHD.

  • The West Virginia Center for Nursing Releases 2015 Employment and Wage data for West Virginia Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Advanced Practice Nurses

    The West Virginia Center for Nursing Releases 2015 Employment and Wage data for West Virginia Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Advanced Practice Nurses

     The West Virginia Center for Nursing has released 2015 Employment and Wage data for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and advanced practice nurses for West Virginia and surrounding states, and for urban and non-urban areas of West Virginia.

     

    Each year, the United States Bureau for Labor Statistics releases data regarding specific workforce sectors. Along with data from state sources, the West Virginia Center for Nursing analyzes these data for strategic decision making.

     

    The data shows 2015 total employment, mean hourly wages, and mean annual wages for West Virginia and the states that border West Virginia. The inclusion of data from surrounding states is critical as previous surveys have shown that nurses who live in West Virginia may commute to surrounding states for employment.

     

    Compared to its surrounding states, West Virginia has the lowest mean hourly wage for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, with the gap being largest between West Virginia and Maryland, a gap of over $15,000 dollars annually for registered nurses, and over $7,000 annually for licensed practical nurses.

     

    Additional data shows 2015 total employment, mean hourly wage, and mean annual wage for urban and non-urban areas of West Virginia for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and advanced practice nurses.

    To access the report click here:      2015-wv-nurse-employment-and-wage-data-snapshot