Education Tools


35% - 60% of new nurses change jobs within their first year of employment. New nurses frequently report that they begin practice feeling the need for more training. Our Nurse Residency Program Model is a guide for health care agencies who are interested in looking at new methods of addressing recruitment and retention. The model includes a series of documents and presentations that form a program to smoothly transition an employed, newly graduated RN into the practice of professional nursing.

This model is available for you to download and revise as needed. We are here to assist you if you need help implementing the program.


Whenever this model is put into action, we ask that credit be given to the Center for Nursing for its development. Moving forward, if you gather any data to demonstrate the effects of your recruitment and retention, please share it with us so we may use the information to inform the growth and success of this model for other institutions. Any data we keep on file will remain anonymous to the public unless you give us permission to connect the information to your institution.  


West Virginia’s demand for nurses continues to grow as nurses’ age and retire and fewer students are drawn to the profession. We created the Junior Nurse Academy (JNA) Program Model to inspire middle school students to pursue a professional career in nursing. We want to show the opportunities and rewards that nursing has to offer while establishing an educational path that will lead to a professional career in nursing.

Participating in a JNA increases self-esteem and confidence in each student while building the potential for future nursing leaders. Reaching out to students before high school gives them the knowledge required to select the correct preparatory coursework. Helping these students gain a clear understanding of just what nursing is all about can assure that West Virginia has a fleet of dedicated, well-trained nurses in the future.

Grant Application/Request for Funding

Junior Nurse Academy Program Model:

Setting up the Program

Program Forms


We have streamlined the process of requesting learning spaces for nursing students at cooperating health care agencies. This ensures quality clinical experiences for all students. The Clinical Scheduling Program is an independent website to schedule and review on site education opportunities. Anyone who is interested, including students, faculty and staff, may review the completed schedules.

Go to the Clinical Scheduling Program.