HB2738 HH&HR AM 3-20
The Committee on Health and Human Resources moves to amend the bill, by striking everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
“That §30-7B-2, §30-7B-3, §30-7B-4, §30-7B-5, §30-7B-6, §30-7B-8 and §30-7B-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7B. CENTER FOR NURSING.
As used in this article the following words mean the following:
(a) (1) “Board” means the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Center for Nursing.
(b) (2) “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.
§30-7B-3. West Virginia Center for Nursing.
(a) Effective July 1, 2004, 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 July 1, 2004, (a) The West Virginia Center for Nursing is hereby created continued to address the issues of recruitment and retention of nurses in West Virginia.
(c)(b) The Higher Education Policy Commission shall provide suitable office space meeting space for the center and a secretary. The commission shall share statistics and other pertinent information with the center and shall work cooperatively to assist the center to achieve its objectives.
§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, vacancy rates, in West Virginia. and future projections.
(A) The Center will be responsible for collecting data from employers and nurses (LPN, RN, APN) on at least an annual basis. The Center shall collaborate with employers and other state agencies to develop the best method for data collection.
(B) The data shall include vacancy rates, annual turnover rate and information about hard to fill vacancies for all levels of nurses.
(C) As used in this article the term:
(I) “Vacancy rate” shall mean the number of vacant budgeted nursing positions divided by the total number of budgeted nursing positions at a point in time;
(ii) ”Annual turnover rate” shall mean the number of nurses who leave an organization in a year divided by the average number of nurses employed in that year;
(iii) “Hard to fill vacancy” shall mean recruitment difficulties experienced, due to a number of reasons including, but not limited to, lack of applicants, applicants that lack the proper qualifications, competition, and undesirable hours.
(D) Employers of nurses who are surveyed shall be required to provide data annually by the deadline established by the center.
(E) Data shall be reported by the center in aggregate form by workforce region.
(F) Data shall be used by the center to strategically plan for recruitment and retention initiatives by region.
(G) Data received under this section that contains information identifying specific patients or health care facilities is confidential, is not subject to disclosure and may not be released unless all identifying information is removed.
(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 (1) 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 (2) Establish scholarship programs designed to benefit nurses who remain in West Virginia after graduation and work in hospitals and other health care institutions: Provided, That each scholarship shall be at least $2,500; be awarded to a student who has completed half of a registered nursing program; and be required to serve in an under served rural area in West Virginia for at least one year;
(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) (3) Establish a statewide hotline and website for information about the Center, and its mission and nursing careers and educational opportunities and scholarships in West Virginia; and
(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) (4) Perform such other activities as needed to alleviate the nursing shortage in West Virginia. implement the provisions of this article.
§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) (2) One representative from the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses;
(4) (3) One representative from the West Virginia Nurses Association;
(5) (4) One nurse representing a rural health care facility;
(6) Two representatives of employers of nurses, as follows: (A) (5) One director of nursing; and
(B) (6) One health care administrator;
(7) Two (7) One registered professional staff nurse engaged in direct patient care;
(8) (8) One licensed practical nurse engaged in direct patient care; and
(9) (9) Two ex officio, non-voting 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 July 1, 2004, 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) (b) 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) (c) The board shall designate a chairperson. Six members shall constitute a quorum.
(d) In the case of a vacancy, the Governor has thirty days to appoint a new member to the board or the Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses shall appoint a member to serve on the board.
§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) (1) Determine operational policy;
(3) (2) Seek and accept public and private funding;
(4) (3) Establish a scholarship program; and
(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.
§30-7B-8. Special revenue account.
(a) A special revenue account known as the “Center for Nursing Fund” is hereby established continued 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 $10 per year; and
(2) Other public and private funds.
(c) Beginning January 1, 2006, 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.
The center shall report annually to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability. 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.”