Report: W.Va Nursing Center Not Easing Shortage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's Center for Nursing is getting some credit for progress in a new report, but the authors say it's not achieving its key goal of easing shortages around the state.

Legislative auditors reviewed the five-year-old program, and found it has yet to identify those parts of West Virginia with the greatest need for registered nurses.

The fault may lie with the survey process.

The center queries providers across the state to locate underserved areas.

The initial response rate was 17 percent.

Center officials say the rate climbed only to 22 percent after a major effort to overhaul and improve the survey.

The report issued Wednesday credits the center for helping nursing students with scholarships, but says those should also target shortage areas.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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