Mission, Vision, Goals, Objectives and Strategic Plan

Mission

The WV Center for Nursing improves the health and healthcare of all West Virginian’s through strategic nursing workforce planning and development.

Vision

The WV Center for Nursing will be a national leader in the development and implementation of strategies to support the education, recruitment and retention of qualified nurse professionals for and in the State of West Virginia.nt.

Goals

  1. Establish a statewide strategic plan to address the nursing shortage in West Virginia;
  2. Establish and maintain a database of statistical information regarding nursing supply, demand and turnover rates in West Virginia as well as future projections;
  3. Coordinate communication between the organizations that represent nurses, health care providers, businesses, consumers, legislators and educators;
  4. Enhance and promote recruitment and retention of nurses by creating reward, recognition and renewal programs;
  5. Promote media and positive image building efforts for nursing, including establishing a statewide media campaign to recruit students of all ages and backgrounds to the various nursing programs throughout West Virginia;
  6. Promote nursing careers through educational and scholarship programs, programs directed at nontraditional students and other workforce initiatives;
  7. Explore solutions to improve working environments for nurses to foster recruitment and retention;
  8. Explore and establish loan repayment and scholarship programs designed to benefit nurses who remain in West Virginia after graduation and work in hospitals and other health care institutions;
  9. Establish grants and other programs to provide financial incentives for employers to encourage and assist with nursing education, internships and residency programs;
  10. Develop incentive and training programs for long-term care facilities and other health care institutions to use self-assessment tools documented to correlate with nurse retention, such as the magnet hospital program;
  11. Explore and evaluate the use of year-round day, evening and weekend nursing training and education programs;
  12. Establish a statewide hotline and website for information about the center and its mission, nursing careers and educational opportunities in West Virginia;
  13. Evaluate capacity for expansion of nursing programs, including the availability of faculty, clinical laboratories, computers and software, library holdings and supplies;
  14. Oversee development and implementation of education and matriculation programs for healthcare providers covering certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered professional nurses, advanced nurse practitioners and other advanced degrees;
  15. Seek to improve the compensation of all nurses, including nursing educators; and
  16. Perform such other activities as needed to alleviate the nursing shortage in West Virginia.

Objectives

  • Statewide Master Plan
  • Long-term solutions
  • Increased educational capacity
  • Skilled nurse leadership
  • Nursing practice research
  • Informed public policy
  • Support vulnerable populations
  • Coalition-building
  • Home for statewide nursing projects

Strategic Plan

  1. Strategic Priorities: (identified in H.B. 4188)

    1. Establish a statewide strategic plan to address the nursing shortage in West Virginia
    2. Collect, evaluate and disseminate data regarding nurse availability and shortage areas
    3. Establish and maintain a website to disseminate information about the center and its mission, and educational opportunities and financial aid available in West Virginia
    4. Evaluate capacity for expansion of nursing programs, including the availability of faculty, clinical laboratories, computers and software, library holdings and supplies
    5. Consult with and advise the commission regarding the commission’s administration of the nursing scholarship program designed to benefit nurses who practice in hospitals and other health care institutions or teach in state nursing programs as provided in section four, article three, chapter eighteen-c of this code
    6. Maintain an active Board of Directors of WV Center for Nursing consistent with §30-7B-4
    7. Report to LOCHHRA and LOCEA on progress of statewide strategic plan to address the nursing shortage in WV and other issues relevant to the practice of nursing Every other year  (2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, etc.)

     

    Strategic Priority 1: Establish a statewide strategic plan to address the nursing shortage in West Virginia

    Outcome 1:  A statewide strategic plan for the WV Center for Nursing, consistent with H.B. 4188, is completed by November 13, 2014

    •  Hold an initial strategic plan session with the board of the WV Center for Nursing and advisors on October 17, 2014.
    •  Refine the strategic plan by November 1, 2014.
    •  Approval of strategic plan by November 13, 2014.
    • Report on the strategic plan by December 1st to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human
    •  Resources Accountability and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability.
    • 2014 Report submitted by December 1 and oral presentation was provided to LOCEA at December 2015 interims.
    •  Release revised strategic plan to stakeholders via website and other communication means by January 1, 2015.

    Outcome 2:  The statewide strategic plan for the WV Center for Nursing is thoroughly reviewed and revised bi-annually by

                             October 30th each year

    Strategy 1:  The statewide strategic plan for the WV Center for Nursing is revised each October of the even numbered

                           years by the Board of Directors and the advisory committee through a formal planning process.

    Board of Directors reviewed progress of the strategic plan at its November 13, 2015 meeting.

    Strategy 2:  Approval of strategic plan by November 13.

    Strategy 3:  Report on the strategic plan on December 1.

    Strategy 4:Release strategic plan to stakeholders via website and other communication means by January 1.

    Outcome 3: The statewide strategic plan for the WV Center for Nursing is used at each meeting to guide decisions, track

                           progress, and identify nursing needs in West Virginia.

    Strategy 1: The strategic plan will serve as an organizational framework for meetings.

    Beginning with January 2016 board meeting, the agenda will follow strategic plan

    Strategy 2:The statewide strategic plan for the WV Center for Nursing is used at each meeting to report on progress.

    Strategy 3:  Progress on the statewide strategic plan for the WV Center for Nursing is updated semi-annually.

     

    Strategic Priority 2: Collect, evaluate, and disseminate data regarding nurse availability and shortage areas

    Outcome 1:  Define nurse and faculty shortage areas using best practices for workforce research.

    Strategy 1:Consult with workforce experts on current workforce shortage definitions.

    Survey LTC and Public Health (see what data is already being collected and/or edit the hospital survey.)

    Review WV Public Health Workforce survey.

    Strategy 2:  Develop formulas for data collection.

    Check the National Forum of State Workforce Centers for formulas to be sure we are using most current.

     

    Outcome 2: Support the effort of stakeholders in streamlining data collection measures and systems.

    Strategy 1:Convene meeting with stakeholders to analyze current data collection measures and systems.

    Develop relationships with public health and long term care stakeholders during 2016 to advance the potential of conducting surveys with those industries

    Convene a meeting during the first quarter of 2016 of all entities that collect nursing data to ourline all data sources and identify overlaps and gaps.

    Strategy 2:  Develop future strategies for coordination of data collection measures and systems.

     

    Outcome 3:  Develop a faculty vacancy survey with partners

    Strategy 1: Develop the survey by working with appropriate stakeholders such as The Board of Nursing, HEPC and NEFWV to avoid duplication.

    Check with LPN Board and Department of Education for LPN faculty data.

    Strategy 2: Collect data from nursing programs in the state.

    Initiate survey at May 2016 Association of Deans and Nurse Executives meeting with June 30th deadline to complete on survey monkey.

    Strategy 3: Evaluate data collected.

    Strategy 4: Disseminate data to legislature and stakeholders.

     

    Outcome 4:  Administer surveys to nurse employers using identified formulas.

    Strategy 1: Develop the survey by working with appropriate stakeholders.

    Review 2010 Survey tool and revise as needed

    Strategy 2: Collect data from nurse employers in the state.

    Work with Jim Kranz at the West Virginia Hospital Association to conduct survey of hospitals during the first quarter of 2016.Data collected will reflect fiscal year 2015.

    Strategy 3: Evaluate data collected.

    Strategy 4: Disseminate data to legislature and stakeholders.

     

    Outcome 5:  Use data to inform policy related to financial aid, development of new educational programs, continuing programs

                            and workforce development.

    Strategy 1:Increase awareness of the data available from Center to all stakeholders.

    Post current WV nurse workforce data to web site and present to identified nurse collaborators

    Strategy 2:  Collaborate with stakeholders to provide data to use for policy development for financial aid, new

                           educational programs, continuing education programs and workforce development.

    Utilize current WV nurse workforce data in operations and education development committees

     

    Outcome 6: Develop an outreach strategy related to the mission of the Center for Nursing.

    Strategy 1: Identify opportunities for the Center to expand outreach efforts.

    Participate in advisory capacity on nurse work groups

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    Strategy 2: Allocate resources for outreach in a systematic way.

    Include travel and promotional expenses in budget

    Strategy 3: Evaluate outreach strategies annually.

    Compare scholarship application trends to outreach efforts by county/region.

     

    Strategic Priority 3:  Establish and maintain a website to disseminate information about the center and its mission, and educational opportunities and financial aid available in West Virginia

     

    Outcome 1: Review website annually by May 30 to assure clear and current content.

    Strategy 1: Use best practices in website presentation for content development and review.

    Strategy 2: Assure website is user friendly and compliant with current regulations.

    Strategy 3: Develop clear policy procedures on posting of content.

    Develop a draft policy procedure for web site use

    Strategy 4:Assure content is relevant to all stakeholders.

    Investigate adding a resume repository for potential faculty.

    Replace goals and objectives with updated Strategic Plan on website

    Research weekly or monthlye newsletter using blog postings

    Update board member pictures and bios

    Add links to our partners/collaborators

    Update bylaws

    Update career handbook salary and refresh links for school directory using RN Board listing

    Update LPN and RN articulation

     

     

    Outcome 2: Evaluate website analytics semi-annually in September and February of each year.

    Strategy 1:  Use data from website analytics and target information and delivery.

    Consult with web designer to identify users, frequency, google key words etc…

    Assure that web site display properly on all devices

     

     

    Strategic Priority 4: Evaluate capacity for expansion of nursing programs, including the availability of faculty, clinical laboratories,

                                  computers and software, library holdings, and supplies

     

    Outcome 1:  Partner with stakeholders, including theFuture of Nursing WV, NEFWV, WVOADN, WVLN & regulatory boards to evaluate barriers to expansion on programs by May 2016.

    •     Strategy 1:  Partner with Future of Nursing WV to determine what work already has been completed.

     

    Strategy 2:Convene a meeting of stakeholders to evaluate data collected by a variety of organizations regarding barriers

                                 to program expansion by May 2016.

     

    Outcome 2:  Use data regarding barriers to expansion of nursing programs to inform policy during the 2017 legislative program.

    Strategy 1: Develop a white paper on barriers to program expansion using data collected by a variety of stakeholders by

                         January 2016.

    Strategy 2: Collaborate with stakeholders including the NEFWV, WVODAN, WVLN, and regulatory boards to develop

                          strategies for program expansion, including resource acquisition.

     

    Outcome 3: Maintain the clinical scheduling program and expand this program statewide to make optimal use of scarce available

                           clinical sites for student rotations.

    •    Strategy 1: Evaluate resource needs for program continuation and expansion by November 2015.

    •    Strategy 2: Collaborate with stakeholders for resources to continue the clinical scheduling program with expansion

                                statewide by Spring semester 2017, with implementation for Fall semester 2016.

     

     

    Strategic Priority 5: Consult with and advise the commission regarding the commission’s administration of the nursing scholarship

    program designed to benefit nurses who practice in hospitals and other health care institutions or teach in state nursing programs as provided in Section 4, Article 3, Chapter 18-c West Virginia code

     

    Outcome 1:  Participate with HEPC in continuous improvement of nursing scholarship program.

    •     Strategy 1: Review the program’s application, process, and awards after each cycle to seek improvement areas.

    Working with Brian Weingart and Division of Financial Aid to better align the Nursing Scholarship Program’s operations and materials with the Commission’s other financial aid offerings.

    •     Strategy 2:  Seek assistance from legislature and HEPC if needed, to improve the program.

     

    Outcome 2: Advise in selection criteria for nursing scholarships based in areas of nurse and faculty shortages.

    Strategy 1: Analyze available nursing data to inform any needed revision of selection criteria.

     

    Outcome 3:  Assist the HEPC in development of innovative scholarship strategies to support lifelong learning by nurses.

    •    Strategy 1: Review other nursing and health profession scholarship programs for process and programmatic elements to

                                incorporate into the Nursing Scholarship Program.

    Review conducted during 2015.Programs consulted included the Heal;th Sciences Service Program, the State Loan Repayment Program and Nurse CORPS, Working with the Commission’s Financial Aid Division to adopt best practices from its other programs.

    •    Strategy 2: Review other nursing and health profession scholarship programs for marketing and outreach ideas to

                                encourage strong interest and awareness of the Nursing Scholarship Program.

     

    Strategic Priority 6: Maintain an active Board of Directors of WV Center for Nursing consistent with §30-7B-4

     

    Outcome 1:  Engage in vacancy membership recruitment and retention for recommendation to the governor.

    •     Strategy 1: Seek volunteer or nominations on an on-going basis in case vacancies appear on the board.

    List of potential board members has been submitted to the Governor’s Office for consideration.

    Recruit an intern with appropriate skill set to assist with special projects

     

    Outcome 2: Review and revise the policy for the operation of the center by October 30th, 2015 and annually after.

    Strategy 1: Have a review session held at the October (annual) meetings to ensure policies and procedures are up to

                         date with the duties and requirements of the Center.

    Review by laws at January 2016 meeting and approve any changes at March 2016 meeting.

    Review draft web site policy procedures at January 2016 meeting and approve any changes at March 2016 meeting.

     

    Outcome 3: Identify and communicate needed resources to the HEPC.

    •    Strategy 1: Empower staff member to discuss any needs to appointed HEPC leadership.

    •    Strategy 2:  Encourage and empower the Board Chair to seek assistance from HEPC when needed.

     

     

    Strategic Priority 7: Report to LOCHHRA and LOCEA and other committees upon request, on progress of statewide strategic plan

     to address the nursing shortage in WV and other issues relevant to the practice of nursing By December 1, 2014 every other year thereafter (2016, 2018, 2020, etc.)

    Outcome 1:  Finalize the report of activities related to the Nursing Scholarship Program to the legislature by October 30th annually and the Strategic Plan biannually.

    •     Strategy 1: Review and revise the report by August annually.

    •     Strategy 2: Approve report at the Annual Meeting in October.

     

    Outcome 2: Disseminate report of activities related to the statewide strategic plan to the public by January 1st annually.

    Strategy 1: Develop a dissemination plan by August annually.

    Strategy 2: Review dissemination plan annually.

    Strategy 3: Be the first contact by legislature regarding nursing issues

    Identify with partners a contact person within their organization to best respond to potential information requests.