Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Senator Joe Manchin today announced two grants totaling almost $100,000 in federal funding that will provide loans and scholarships for graduate and post-graduate students in West Virginia -- including at Marshall University -- in the nursing program and traineeships for nurse anesthetist students.
"Providing excellent education and training to the future nurses and health care providers of West Virginia is vitally important," Rockefeller said. "Nurses provide essential services to patients in need. These grants allow nursing students to further their education and training, which will in turn provide them with better jobs and make sure that our hospitals have the best-of-the-best when it comes to the personnel."
"Nurses have such an important role to play in providing the quality health care that West Virginians need and deserve, and it's important that we are able to offer training for nurses right here at home so that they are able to use the skills they learn to care for the people of our state," Senator Manchin said. "I am pleased that these funds will allow us to invest in important educational opportunities for those looking to enter the nursing profession in West Virginia."
West Virginia will receive the following awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
$60,000 -- Marshall University's School of Nursing - Through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), Marshall University's School of Nursing will receive loans and scholarships to students who are advancing their nursing education and training to serve as faculty in a school of nursing.
After graduation from the advanced education nursing degree program, loan recipients may cancel up to 85 percent of the NFLP loan over a consecutive 4-year period while serving as full-time nurse faculty at a school of nursing.
$31,549 - Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Health Education and Research - Through Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships, CAMC will provide traineeships for licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time students beyond their 12th month of study in a master's or doctoral anesthesia program to assist with the cost of tuition, books and other fees.