As used in this article, the following words and phrases have the meanings ascribed to them:
(a) "Board" means the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Center for Nursing;
(b) "Center" means the West Virginia Center for Nursing;
(c) "Commission" means the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; and
(d) "Center for Nursing Fund" means the special revenue account established in section four, article three, chapter eighteen-c of this code.
The Legislature finds that through the study of the nursing shortage study commission, it is essential that there be qualified registered professional nurses and other licensed nurses to meet the needs of patients. Without qualified nurses, quality patient care is jeopardized. The nursing population is aging and fewer students are entering nursing programs.
Therefore, the Legislature declares to ensure quality health care, recruitment and retention of nurses is important and a center is needed to address the nursing shortage crisis in West Virginia.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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