Future of Nursing WV (FONWV) achieved RWJF and local foundation funding to create an online Transition to Practice and Leadership Project. The two track educational program supports success for new nurse graduates in their first nursing position and emerging nurse leaders in their first nursing management role. The Transition to Practice track includes an online education class for preceptors. The Leadership track includes an online online educational class for mentors and a mentor directory.
One of 24 RWJF Public Health Nurse Leader Awards was presented to Angela Gray, BSN, RN, a member of the FONWV Leadership Team.
One of 10 Breakthrough Nurse Leader Awards was presented to Laure Marino, APRN, for her innovative work in opening a primary care center in a behavioral health facility. Laure is co-lead of the FONWV Nurses on Boards initiative.
The FONWV participates actively with a variety of organizations addressing the social determinants of health and special populations such as: The Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, Partnership for Elder Living, Perinatal Partnership, School-Based Health Policy Round-table, West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare and others. FONWV is a member of the WV Secretary of Health and Human Services Innovation Collaboration, WV Non-Profit Association and WV Rural Health Association.
FONWV Co-leads, Dr. Lou Ann Hartley and Dr. Cassy Taylor published a White Paper, “The Impact of BSN Education on Nursing Practice: Moving toward the “80/20″ Recommendation in West Virginia.” The white paper is available on the website.
The Education Team initiated a “Guidance Counselor Toolkit Project” to better educate middle and high school counselors and their students on the expanding roles for nurses and advantages of pursuing a career in nursing.
The FONWV Practice Team has created partnerships with diverse grassroots consumer organizations as AARP, West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare, National Association of Social Workers-WV Chapter, WV Funeral Directors Association, WV Citizens Action Group, WV Council of Churches and others to support legislation to expand full practice for APRNs in the state. With WV Nurses Association, a network of Nurse Advocates has been trained and are maintaining relationships with local legislators to educate and advocate with them on the issues of access to care in their districts. FONWV has produced Fact Sheets to support this initiative which are available on the website.