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1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE T

1A - PROCEDURE FOR REGULATION OF OC

1B - PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO MILIT

2 - ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW

2A - MEDICAL LICENSING BOARD

3 - WEST VIRGINIA MEDICAL PRACTICE

3A - MANAGEMENT OF INTRACTABLE PAIN

3B - MOBILE INTENSIVE CARE PARAMEDI

3C - HEALTH CARE PEER REVIEW ORGANI

3D - PHYSICIAN HEALTH PROGRAMS

3E - PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS PRACTICE

4 - WEST VIRGINIA DENTAL PRACTICE A

4A - ADMINISTRATION OF GENERAL ANES

4B - DENTAL LABORATORY SERVICES

5 - PHARMACISTS, PHARMACY TECHNICIA

6 - BOARD OF FUNERAL SERVICE EXAMIN

7 - REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSES

7A - PRACTICAL NURSES

7C - DIALYSIS TECHNICIANS

7E - NURSE HEALTH PROGRAMS

8 - OPTOMETRISTS

9 - ACCOUNTANTS

10 - VETERINARIANS

10A - ANIMAL EUTHANASIA TECHNICIAN

11 - CHIROPODISTS-PODIATRISTS

12 - ARCHITECTS

13 - ENGINEERS

13A - LAND SURVEYORS

14 - OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS AND SU

14A - ASSISTANTS TO OSTEOPATHIC PH

15 - NURSE-MIDWIVES

16 - CHIROPRACTORS

17 - SANITARIANS

18 - PRIVATE INVESTIGATIVE AND SEC

19 - FORESTERS

20 - PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

21 - PSYCHOLOGISTS; SCHOOL PSYCHOL

22 - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

23 - RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS

24 - QUALIFICATION OF ARMED FORCES

25 - NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATORS

26 - HEARING-AID DEALERS AND FITTE

27 - BOARD OF BARBERS AND COSMETOL

28 - WEST VIRGINIA OCCUPATIONAL TH

29 - LAW-ENFORCEMENT TRAINING AND

29A - STANDARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL F

30 - SOCIAL WORKERS

31 - LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSEL

32 - SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS

33 - TATTOO STUDIO BUSINESS

34 - BOARD OF RESPIRATORY CARE PRA

35 - BOARD OF DIETITIANS

36 - ACUPUNCTURISTS

37 - MASSAGE THERAPISTS

38 - THE REAL ESTATE APPRAISER LIC

38A - APPRAISAL MANAGEMENT COMPANI

39 - UNIFORM ATHLETE AGENTS ACT

40 - WEST VIRGINIA REAL ESTATE LIC

WVC 30- CHAPTER 30. PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS.

WVC 30 - 7 B- ARTICLE 7B. CENTER FOR NURSING.

WVC 30 - 7 B- 1 §30-7B-1. Definitions.

     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. WVC 30 - 7 B- 2 §30-7B-2. West Virginia Center for Nursing.

     (a) The West Virginia Center for Nursing is continued for the purpose of addressing the issues of recruitment and retention of nurses in West Virginia.

     (b) The commission shall satisfy the following requirements:

     (1) Provide suitable office space for the center;

     (2) Provide staff support for the center as necessary;

     (3) Share statistics and other pertinent information with the center;

     (4) Work cooperatively with the center to assist it in achieving its objectives; and

     (5) Utilize moneys from the Center for Nursing Fund to perform its duties required by this article. WVC 30 - 7 B- 3 §30-7B-3. Center's powers and duties.

     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. WVC 30 - 7 B- 4 §30-7B-4. Board of directors.

     (a) The center is governed by a board of directors consisting of the following members appointed by the Governor:

     (1) Two representatives from the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, as follows:

     (A) One representing a bachelor or higher degree program; and

     (B) One representing an associate degree program;

     (2) One representative from the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses;

     (3) One representative from the West Virginia Nurses Association;

     (4) One nurse representing a rural health care facility;

     (5) One director of nursing;

     (6) One health care administrator;

     (7) One registered professional staff nurse engaged in direct patient care;

     (8) One licensed practical nurse engaged in direct patient care;

     (9) Two citizen members as required by section four-a, article one, chapter thirty of this code;

     (10) Two ex officio, nonvoting members, as follows:

     (A) The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources or his or her designee; and

     (B) A representative from WorkForce West Virginia.

     (b) Members are appointed for four-year terms. A member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.

     (c) The board shall elect annually from its voting members a president and a secretary as required by section three, article one, chapter thirty of this code. A majority of the appointed members constitutes a quorum.

     (d) The Governor shall fill any vacancy within thirty days of occurrence.

     (e) The members of the board who are in office on the effective date of this section, unless sooner removed, shall continue to serve until their successors have been appointed and qualified. WVC 30 - 7 B- 5 §30-7B-5. Powers and duties of the board of directors.

     (a) The board has the following powers and duties:

     (1) Determine policy for the operation of the center to accomplish the purposes of this article; and

     (2) Advise the commission on matters pertaining to the administration of the Nursing Scholarship Program pursuant to section four, article three, chapter eighteen-c of this code.

     (b) The commission shall provide to the board administrative and professional staff support as needed from the Center for Nursing Fund. WVC 30 - 7 B- 6 §30-7B-6. Expense reimbursement.

     (a) Members of the board serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred for each day, or portion thereof, in which they are engaged in the discharge of official duties. Reimbursements are made in a manner consistent with guidelines of the travel management office of the commission.

     (b) The commission shall provide reimbursement for members' expenses from the Center for Nursing Fund. WVC 30 - 7 B- 7 §30-7B-7. Reports.

     The center shall report by December 1, 2014, and biennially thereafter, to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability on its progress in developing a statewide strategic plan to address the nursing shortage in West Virginia and on any other issues the board considers relevant to the practice of nursing in this state. Additionally, the board shall provide drafts of any legislation needed to implement recommendations of the center's strategic plan. WVC 30 - 7 B- 8 §30-7B-8.

     Repealed.

Acts, 2014 Reg. Sess., Ch. 137. WVC 30 - 7 B- 9 §30-7B-9.

     Repealed.

Acts, 2014 Reg. Sess., Ch. 137. WVC 30 - 7 B- 1 §30-7B-1. Legislative findings.

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.

WVC 30 - 7 B- 10 §30-7B-10.

Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 32.

WVC 30 - 7 B- 2 §30-7B-2. Definitions.

(a) "Board" means the board of directors for the West Virginia center for nursing.

(b) "Center" means the West Virginia center for nursing.

(c) "Direct patient care", as used in this article, means health care that provides for the physical, emotional, diagnostic or rehabilitative needs of a patient, or health care that involves examination, treatment or preparation for diagnostic tests or procedures.

WVC 30 - 7 B- 3 §30-7B-3. West Virginia center for nursing.

(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.

WVC 30 - 7 B- 4 §30-7B-4. Center's powers and duties.

The West Virginia center for nursing shall have the following powers and duties:

(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 and 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 and 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 health care 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.

WVC 30 - 7 B- 5 §30-7B-5. Board of directors.

(a) The West Virginia center for nursing shall be governed by a board of directors consisting of the following thirteen members:

(1) One citizen member;

(2) Two representatives from the West Virginia board of examiners for registered professional nurses, as follows:

(A) One representing a bachelor and higher degree program; and

(B) One representing an associate degree program;

(3) One representative from the West Virginia board of examiners for licensed practical nurses;

(4) One representative from the West Virginia nurses association;

(5) One nurse representing a rural health care facility;

(6) Two representatives of employers of nurses, as follows: (A) One director of nursing; and

(B) One health care administrator;

(7) Two registered professional staff nurses engaged in direct patient care;

(8) One licensed practical nurse engaged in direct patient care; and

(9) Two ex officio members, as follows:

(A) The secretary of the department of health and human resources or a designee; and

(B) A representative from the workforce development office.

(b) Before the first day of July, two thousand four, the governor, by and with the consent of the Senate, shall appoint the eleven citizen members as follows:

(1) The following members for an initial term of two years:

(A) One representative from the West Virginia board of examiners for registered professional nurses representing an associate degree program;

(B) One representative from the West Virginia board of examiners for licensed practical nurses;

(C) One nurse representing a rural health care facility;

(D) One director of nursing; and

(E) One registered professional staff nurse engaged in direct patient care;

(2) The following members for an initial term of four years:

(A) One citizen member;

(B) One representative from the West Virginia board of examiners for registered professional nurses representing a bachelor and higher degree program;

(C) One representative from the West Virginia nurses association;

(D) One health care administrator;

(E) One registered professional staff nurse engaged in direct patient care; and

(F) One licensed practical nurse engaged in direct patient care.

(d) After the initial terms expire, the terms of all the members shall be four years, with no member serving more than two consecutive terms.

(e) The board shall designate a chairperson. Six members shall constitute a quorum.

WVC 30 - 7 B- 6 §30-7B-6. Board's powers and duties.

The board of directors shall have the following powers and duties:

(1) Employ an executive director and other personnel necessary to carry out the provisions of this article;

(2) Determine operational policy;

(3) Seek and accept public and private funding;

(4) Expend money from the center for nursing fund to carry out the purposes of this article;

(5) Propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine of this code to implement the provisions of this article;

(6) Impanel an advisory committee of stakeholders to provide consultation to the board; and

(7) Do such other acts as necessary to alleviate the nursing shortage in West Virginia.

WVC 30 - 7 B- 7 §30-7B-7. Reimbursement for expenses.

The board members shall serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred for each day or portion thereof engaged in the discharge of official duties in a manner consistent with guidelines of the travel management office of the department of administration.

WVC 30 - 7 B- 8 §30-7B-8. Special revenue account.

(a) A special revenue account known as the "center for nursing fund" is hereby established in the state treasury to be administered by the board to carry out the purposes of this article.

(b) The account shall be funded by:

(1) Assessing all nurses licensed by the board of examiners for registered professional nurses, pursuant to section eight-a, article seven of this chapter, and the board of examiners for licensed practical nurses, pursuant to section seven-a, article seven-a of this chapter, a supplemental licensure fee not to exceed ten dollars per year; and

(2) Other public and private funds.

(c) Beginning the first day of January, two thousand six, and continuing at least two years, a minimum of an equivalent of one third of the funding from the annual supplemental licensure fees shall be used for loan and scholarship programs.

WVC 30 - 7 B- 9 §30-7B-9. Reports.

The center shall report annually to the joint committee on government and finance on its progress in developing a statewide strategic plan to address the nursing shortage in West Virginia, along with drafts of proposed legislation needed to implement the center's plan.

WVC 30 - 7 B- 10 §30-7B-10.

Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 32.

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