Nursing Practice Team

Strengthening Nursing Practice to Build a Culture of Health in WV

Reclaiming Nursing's Heart

                                                        Online Transition To Practice & Preceptor Course Enrollment

Recommendation #1 Modernize Health Policies to Remove Scope-of-practice Barriers.

Advance practice registered nurse should be able to practice to the full extent of their
education and training. 

Leader: Dr. Toni DiChiacchio, APRN, FNP, BC, Assistant Dean,

               Faculty Practice & Community Engagement at West Virginia University

Project: Increase access to healthcare by advanced practice nurses through work with grass

               roots organizations to update legislative barriers to practice specifically for Advance

               Practice Nurses (APRNs)

Accomplishments: Partnered with WV Nurses Association, AARP and other

              organizations to successfully pass HB 4334 in 2016. The legislation removed

              the restrictive written collaborative agreement requirement (after 3 years of practice)

              and permitted signing of legal documents as death certificates and others.

Members: Members include nurses from each Senatorial District in WV, AARP, West Virginians

               for Affordable Healthcare, Healthy Kids and Families Coalition and others.


Recommendation # 3 Improve Retention & Quality through Transition to Practice Models

State boards of nursing, accreditation bodies, the federal government, and health care
organizations should take actions to support nurses’ completion of a transition-to-practice

program (nurse residency) after they have completed a pre-licensure or advance practice

degree program or when they are transitioning into new clinical practice areas.

Leader: Mary Fanning, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Director, Nursing Administration and

               Magnet Program Director, WVU Healthcare System

Project: Improve nurse retention, intent to stay, and the graduate nurse experience,

                particularly in rural hospitals through research and creation of an online

                Nurse Transition to Practice and Preceptor Courses           

Accomplishments: Conducted and published a research project on Transition to Practice (TTP)

                Programs in WV. Teams designed and wrote curriculum for an online TTP Course.

                The Course launched May 2016. Also Includes an online training courses for Preceptors & Mentors

                The Transition to Practice and Leadership Courses are online in the careLearning,Inc Course Catalog

Members: Members include nursing administrators and educators in healthcare facilities throughout

                WV including: WVU Medical, Charleston Area Medical Center, Davis Medical Center, Logan

                Medical Center, Minnie Hamilton Hospital, Camden Clark Medical Center, Ohio Valley Medical

                Center, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Princeton Community Hospital, and others

Building a Culture of Health

Faith Community Nursing Project

Leader: Angel Smothers, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, WVU School of Nursing

               The project was initiated through the RWJF Public Health Nurse Leader Award

Project: Develop and support a Faith Community Nursing Toolkit and Network to expand

                the availability of community nursing resources in every WV county and to provide

                resources and networking to support nurses initiating Health Ministries.

Accomplishments: An online FCN Toolkit and Directory

Team Members: Angie Gray, Joy Buck, Angel Smothers, Donna Riffle, Laure Marino, Aila Accad

Health Ambassador RN Project

Leader: Cheryl Vega, RN,

Project: Improve students and family health through delivering wellness curricula in elementary

                and middle schools by nurse volunteers.

Accomplishments: Project launched Winter 2018 with lesson on hand hygiene/ coughing/sneezing

               and car seat safety. to reduce incidence of winter colds and flu.

Team Members: Enroll online

Nursing Workforce Summit Retention & Recruitment Action Team

Leaders: Dr Mary Fanning, WVU Hospitals & Chris Thompson, CAMC

Projects: Nurse Retention Collaborative

                 Retention and Recruitment Toolkit
                 Bedside Nurse Retention Research Study

Team Members: See members on Workforce Action Teams

Dr. Toni DiChiacchio
Dr. Mary Fanning
Angel Smothers
Cheryl Vega
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