Additional Nursing Scholarship Opportunities

  • West Virginia Center for Nursing Awards $422,000 in Scholarships for 2017-2018

    West Virginia Center for Nursing Awards $422,000 in Nursing Scholarships for 2017-2018

    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.

  • 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

     

     

     

  • 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

     

  • 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

     

  • West Virginia Center for Nursing Awards $225,000 in Scholarships

     

    The West Virginia Center for Nursing awards $225,000 in scholarships-News  Release 

    The West Virginia Center for Nursing announces that 76 students will receive funds totaling $225,000 as part of the Nursing Scholarship Program for the 2016-17 academic year.   The program, which is administered by the West Virginia Center for Nursing in conjunction with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission helps licensed practical, registered, masters and doctoral nursing students pursue their degrees.

    April Shapiro, who received a $10,000 award for the fall and spring semesters, plans to use her scholarship in order to finish her Ph.D. in nursing at West Virginia University. She will continue to teach nursing in West Virginia in order to fulfill the scholarship’s service obligation to remain in state after graduation.

    “I was so worried about being able to pay for everything,” she said. “What a relief. I can relax now and focus on finishing my dissertation and graduating in May.”

    A record number of candidates applied for the scholarship this application cycle. 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 the web site. The online application will reopen on April 15, 2017, and the deadline to apply for an award for the 2017-18 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.

    For more information, visit www.wvcenterfornursing.org Scholarships.