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THE GREATER KANAWHA VALLEY FOUNDATION RECEIVES GRANT TO ADDRESS NATIONAL/REGIONAL NURSING SHORTAGES
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Released on: November 14, 2008

Press Release Summary: West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute Receives $150,000 Grant to Expand Program .
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CHARLESTON , WV - A landmark program to address West Virginia’s impending nursing shortage has received a boost from a $150,000 grant from The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to expand its current program. The funding will be used to support the efforts of the West Virginia University School of Nursing-Charleston Division and the Charleston Area Medical Center Health Education and Research Institute to develop a Team Leadership Development Program for nurses from across West Virginia. The West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute’s Team Leadership Development Program will assist teams of nurses from throughout the state to build their skills in team leadership and effectiveness. This highly interactive 12 month program will allow team members to remain in their current positions, while gaining the experiences, insights, networking, competencies and skill enhancements necessary to effectively lead teams in the workplace and community.

With a nursing shortage threatening the quality of patient care and currently being felt in all sectors of West Virginia health care, investment in team leadership and effectiveness skills is essential. Teamwork has positive effects in healthcare organizations, especially in enhancing quality and safety of care. This includes reducing medical errors, improving quality of patient care, addressing workload issues, building cohesion, and reducing burnout of health care professionals. Improved communication, partnerships, clarity on the role of all health care providers, improved coordination of health care services, and high satisfaction for health care providers and patients are outcomes of effective teamwork. Nurses who possess team work and leadership skills are sought for advancements in their career, enhancing their satisfaction, and influencing retention in the workplace.

Project Director Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN welcomes the grant to expand the important efforts of the Institute. “The West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute Team Leadership Development Program is a powerful solution to the challenge of leadership development in Nursing,” Persily said. “The creation, training, and support of highly developed teams of nurses promises to be one of the most effective strategies for health care providers to improve the quality and safety of care for their patients. The additional impact of higher satisfaction for nurses and the retention of highly skilled team leaders in the workplace is obvious.”

The program will be open to teams of 3-4 registered nurses who work in any rural or urban health care agency, including hospitals, long term care organizations, public health departments, primary care clinics, and schools of nursing. These teams will attend four intensive 2 day seminars in Charleston. Nationally and internationally respected faculty will partner with local experts to provide these onsite sessions. Intersession work includes web based assignments and team leadership projects designed to offer solutions to challenges within the home organization. Teams will receive ongoing support and mentorship from sponsors from the home organization and Institute faculty.

If you would like more information about the West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute, call (304) 347-1207 or toll free 1-866-882-6270, e-mail wvnli@hsc.wvu.edu or visit the Institute’s website at www.wvnli.org Program applications are being accepted through December 8, 2008.

 

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Nurse leadership program begins second class
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( Charleston) – They work at hospitals, school systems and community health centers and they’re all coming to Charleston to grow as leaders.

This is the second class of the West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute created by the Charleston Area Medical Center Health Education and Research Institute and the WVU School of Nursing, Charleston Division. Twenty-eight men and women from throughout the state have been selected for this second class.

The group’s first meeting will be held Nov. 6 - 8 at the WVU Building on the CAMC Memorial Hospital campus in Charleston.

Cynthia Armstrong Persily PhD, RN, is the WVNLI’s program director and the chairwoman of the WVU School of Nursing, Charleston Division. “The need for leadership in addressing the nursing shortage is obvious,” Dr. Persily said. “The West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute is a powerful solution to the challenge of leadership development in nursing.”

Participants will come to Charleston four times, during the next 12 months, for two-and-a-half days of interactive classes. The curriculum will provide nurses with the experience, insights and skills necessary to become effective leaders. Participants will learn effective strategies to motivate others and work more successfully in teams, and will improve their negotiating and decision-making skills.

The Participants also will design individualized leadership projects in their hometowns to recruit or retain nurses in their area, and will be mentored by a recognized state leader. “The business impact of this leadership development program in local organizations has been documented by the participants in our inaugural class,” Dr. Persily said. “This new class will substantially increase the number of nurse leaders positioned to provide local leadership at this crucial time.”

There are currently about 23,000 nurses in the state. The 2003 West Virginia Nursing Shortage Study Commission Report estimates our state will be unable to meet the predicted demand for as many as 2,500 additional nurses by 2008.

Nurses working in hospitals, public health departments, primary care clinics, schools of nursing and rural areas are being targeted to participate. Upon completion, each participant will receive continuing education units and have the potential to earn college credit.

The program has received a $184,200.00 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and has benefited from the gracious support of many area charitable groups, including the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program, BB&T West Virginia Foundation, Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Charleston Area Medical Center and the CAMC Foundation. These organizations will provide 15% of the 216,670.00 budget for the Institute, with HHS funds providing the additional 85% funding.

For more information about the WVNLI, log on to www.wvnli.org or call (304) 347-1207 or toll-free 1-866-882-6270.

 


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West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute Receives $184,200 Federal Grant to Expand Services
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A landmark program to address West Virginia’s impending nursing shortage has received a boost from a $184,200.00 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to continue its current programming and expand enrollment to include surrounding Mid-Atlantic states in 2006.

The funding will be used to support the efforts of the West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute, a collaboration of the West Virginia University School of Nursing - Charleston Division and the Charleston Area Medical Center Health Education and Research Institute (CAMC Institute). The highly interactive Institute includes opportunities for participants to remain in their current positions while building leadership skills through workshops and classes, including four intensive, 2 ½ day seminars in Charleston.  Nationally and internationally respected faculty will partner with local experts to provide these onsite sessions. In addition, state-of-the-art internet programs will enable participants to work on assignments and leadership projects from their homes or workplaces. Participants also receive ongoing mentorship from a recognized leader in the health care field. Additionally, each participant will mentor one 9 th – 12 th grade minority or disadvantaged student from their community interested in nursing.

Foundations and programs provided the initial funding for the Leadership Institute, and twenty participants from throughout the state met in Charleston in January for the inaugural session. In June, the group was honored with a visit from United States Surgeon General Richard Carmona, who spoke of the challenges facing nursing leaders and applauded the Institute for its work to lead in the recruitment and retention of nursing professionals. Participants in this inaugural class will attend two more sessions as part of the pilot program. Additional funding was sought to establish a permanent program to develop leaders for the future of nursing in West Virginia and rural Appalachia, where many counties are already experiencing a nurse shortage.

By 2008 there will not be adequate numbers of nurses to meet the needs of West Virginia and surrounding states, adversely affecting the fiscal health of health care institutions, patient safety and access to care. There are currently about 23,000 nurses in the state. The West Virginia Nursing Shortage Study Commission Report estimates our state will be unable to meet the predicted demand for as many as 2,500 additional nurses by 2008. The impending nursing workforce crisis requires solutions implemented now.

Project Director Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, welcomes the grant to expand the important efforts of the Institute. “The West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute is a powerful solution to the challenge of leadership development in Nursing,” Persily said. “It promises to be one of the most effective and comprehensive leadership development programs available today in the state for nurses. The need for leadership in addressing the nursing shortage is obvious.” Persily is a devoted advocate for nursing in West Virginia, serving on a number of committees and boards to address nursing issues. Chairperson of the WVU School of Nursing, Charleston Division and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Southern Region Programs, Persily also serves as a member of the West Virginia Board of Nurse Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, and in 2005 was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Directors of the newly formed West Virginia Center for Nursing.

By participating in a leadership course designed to focus on nurses' strengths, graduates of this career-ladder program will possess administrative skills needed to lead, mentor, and retain other nurses. Those completing the Institute are expected to demonstrate an increase in leadership skills in their existing positions, or qualify for advancement into leadership roles.

In addition to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute has benefited from the support of many area foundation and charitable groups, including The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, The CAMC Foundation, Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, CAMC Medical Center, and the BB&T West Virginia Foundation. These organizations will provide 15% of the 216,670.00 budget for the Institute, with HHS funds providing the additional 85% funding.

If you would like more information about the West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute, call (304) 347-1207 or toll-free 1-866-882-6270, e-mail wvnli@hsc.wvu.edu or visit the Institute’s website at www.wvnli.org.


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Nurse Professionals Accepted Into Statewide Leadership Institute

The West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute is proud to announce the acceptance of 20 registered nurses from across the state into its’ Inaugural Class. The WVNLI is a ground-breaking state-wide program to further prepare nurses in leadership skills to assist their institutions and profession as West Virginia addresses an impending and serious nursing shortage.

Studies estimate that the state will be unable to meet the predicted demand for as many as 2,500 additional nurses by the year 2008. This impending nursing shortage calls for innovative solutions that support nurses who wish to stay and work in their home communities. The Institute's 18-month program allows participants to remain in their current positions, while providing the experiences, insights, networking, competencies and skill-enhancements necessary to become effective leaders both in the workplace and in their communities.

Members of the Inaugural Class include: Teresa Bayer, Wood County Board of Education; Eva Lynn Bentley, Jackson General Hospital; Janet Caruthers, Shannon Davis, Denise Sneed and Noel Young-Hodge, Charleston Area Medica Center; Laura Clayton, Shepherd University; Michele Godwin, West Virginia University; Kimberly Houchin, Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center; Sharon Jeffrey, Suncrest Medical/Sundale Nursing Home; Susan Jordan, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department; Peggy Lambert and Melanie Whelan, WVU Institute of Technology; Beverly Lopez, The Heritage; Shannon McMillion, Heartland of Beckley; Sheryl Sergent, Roane General Hospital; Rosemary Smith, Cabell Huntington Hospital; Jennifer Walls, Cabell-Huntington Health Department; Michelle Winters, Valley Center; Mary Lynne Withrow, WVU Hospitals.

The West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute was created through a collaboration between the West Virginia University School of Nursing - Charleston Division and the Charleston Area Medical Center Health Education and Research Institute (CAMC Institute). The highly interactive Institute includes opportunities for participants to build leadership skills through workshops and classes, including four intensive, 2 ½ day seminars in Charleston. In addition, state-of-the-art internet programs will enable participants to work on assignments and leadership projects from their homes or workplaces. Participants also receive ongoing mentorship from a recognized leader in West Virginia.

Project Director Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN welcomed the inaugural class at the start of its’ first session on January 23, 2005. She is proud of the efforts of the many groups that have made the program a reality. "The West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute is a powerful solution to the challenge of leadership development in nursing," Persily said. "It promises to be one of the most effective and comprehensive statewide leadership development programs available today for nurses. The need for leadership in addressing the nursing shortage is obvious. Our inaugural class will be positioned to provide local leadership at this crucial time." Persily is a devoted advocate for nursing in West Virginia, serving on a number of committees and boards to address nursing issues. Chairperson of the WVU School of Nursing, Charleston Division and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Southern Region Programs, Persily also serves as a member of the West Virginia Board of Nurse Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, and as an appointed member of the legislatively mandated West Virginia Commission to Study the Nursing Shortage.

The West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute has benefited from the support of many area foundation and charitable groups, including The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, The CAMC Foundation, Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, The BB&T West Virginia Foundation and Charleston Area Medical Center.

If you would like more information about the West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute, call (304) 347-1207 or toll-free 1-866-882-6270, e-mail wvnli@hsc.wvu.edu or visit the Institute's website at www.wvnli.org

 

 

 

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