U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced West Virginia University will receive an almost $420,000 grant designed to help train more specialized nurses.
The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources and aims to train more specialized nurses in primary care. According to Teresa Ritchie, the Coordinator for the WVU School of Nursing, there are a total of 2,000 Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in West Virginia and 220,000 nurse practitioners in the country.
There are currently 130 students in WVU’s Advanced Practice program, and Ritchie anticipates more with the help of the grant.
In a news release, Senator Capito said the funds will assist nurse trainees with the costs for materials and lead to a stronger, more robust health care system.
This announcement came less than a week after the inception of a bill that grants West Virginia's experienced, advanced nurses independent practice.
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