The center shall satisfy the following requirements:
(a) Establish a statewide strategic plan to address the nursing shortage in West Virginia;
(b) Collect, evaluate and disseminate data regarding nurse availability and shortage areas;
(c) Establish and maintain a website to disseminate information about the center and its mission, and educational opportunities and financial aid available in West Virginia;
(d) Evaluate capacity for expansion of nursing programs, including the availability of faculty, clinical laboratories, computers and software, library holdings and supplies;
(e) 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; and
(f) Perform other activities necessary or expedient to accomplish the purposes and implement the provisions of this article.
(a) Effective the first day of July, two thousand four, the nursing shortage study commission, established pursuant to the provisions of section eighteen, article seven, chapter thirty of this code, is hereby terminated and the powers and duties of the commission are transferred to the West Virginia center for nursing.
(b) Effective the first day of July, two thousand four, the West Virginia center for nursing is hereby created to address the issues of recruitment and retention of nurses in West Virginia.
(c) The higher education policy commission shall provide suitable office space for the center. The commission shall share statistics and other pertinent information with the center and shall work cooperatively to assist the center to achieve its objectives.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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