03/15/2005

Nurse Professionals Accepted Into Statewide Leadership Institute

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Twenty registered nurses from across the state have been accepted into the inaugural class of a groundbreaking, statewide program that provides nurses with the experiences, insights, networking, competencies and skill-enhancements necessary to become effective leaders in both the workplace and their communities.

"The West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute is a powerful solution to the challenge of leadership development in nursing," said Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, and project director. "It promises to be one of the most effective and comprehensive statewide leadership development programs available today for nurses.”

Studies estimate that West Virginia will be unable to meet the predicted demand for 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.

Created through collaboration between the West Virginia University School of Nursing - Charleston Division and the Charleston Area Medical Center Health Education and Research Institute, the highly interactive Institute includes opportunities for participants to build leadership skills through workshops and classes, including four intensive, two and a half day seminars in Charleston.

In addition, state-of-the-art Internet programs 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.

“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 said.   

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 Medical 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 has benefited from the gracious

support of many area foundation and charitable groups, including The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, The CAMC Foundation, Sisters of

Saint Joseph Charitable Fund, The Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse

Fellows Program, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and the

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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For more information:
Cynthia Persily, (304) 347-1253

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