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The New ABCs of Medical School: Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Cooking

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High-Value Care Increasingly Becoming Core Part of Med School Curriculum

High-value care has been added to curricula for many aspiring physicians

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Nursing shortage solution: West Virginia Nursing Network

In December 2010, Jill Hopkins decided she wanted to do something to help with the nation’s nursing shortage. Hopkins quit her job as an agency nurse and started her own company, West Virginia Nursing Network, LLC.

“I decided I wanted to give other nurses other opportunities,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins ran the 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week business by herself until March when she became overwhelmed with the workload. Her sister, Jessica Whitman, offered to help, and then she, too, quit her full-time nursing position and partnered with Hopkins.

Today, Hopkins and Whitman split the duties of co-owning a business—Hopkins handles the scheduling and acts as the liaison while Whitman deals with organization and research.

“My phone starts ringing at 4 a.m. and goes until 11 at night,” Hopkins said.

West Virginia Nursing Network offers temporary staffing of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants and certified medical assistants for health facilities that need their services. The professional staffing company also has a team of PICC line-certified RN’s available when needed.

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West Virginia Nurses Ralley For Health Care Reform

Nurses from across West Virginia rallied at the state’s capitol Wednesday for health care reform.

Chanting “Health care reform now,” members of the West Virginia nurses association marched into the capitol rotunda as part of nurse unity day.  The nurses say they want better staffing rations in hospital as well as initiatives that prompt nurses to strive for a higher level of patient care and professionalism.

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West Virginia University Hospitals Win National Nursing Award

MORGANTOWN—West Virginia University Hospitals ranks at the top of the country for its nursing services.

The university hospital is the only one in the nation to receive the Magnate award twice.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center put the hospital staff through a rigorous inspection for the award, first in 2005, and again this year for standard re-evaluation.

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Debate threatens nursing facilities

CHARLES TOWN - Carolyn Togans was not aware the proposed cuts to skilled-care nursing homes included in health care reform legislation being considered by Congress until she recently attended a presentation at Shenandoah Center where her mother is a resident.

She is aware now, though, and Togans plans to do something about it. With determination, she took information with her after the presentation on how to start a petition drive to fight the cuts.

Togans, about 12 residents and an equal number of employees who attended the presentation were urged to write letters, circulate petitions and make telephone calls to their U.S. representative and senators protesting the cuts to Medicare.

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Nurses Want A Role in Health Reform

The President of the West Virginia Nursing Association says nurses want to be an integral part of the health care reform solutions being touted in Washington DC.

Beth Baldwin was recently among a group of nurses that voiced their concerns in a meeting at the White House with President Obama on the subject.  Speaking on MetroNews Talkline, Baldwin said health care reform must be a sweeping change in order to be effective.

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W.Va. in top 10 places for doctors

PARKERSBURG - A magazine about the business end of medicine has ranked West Virginia in the top 10 best places for doctors to practice.

Medical Economics in its July 10 issue ranked West Virginia ninth. Texas is No. 1.

The magazine, founded in 1923, cited unemployment lower than the rest of the nation in April and income increases in 2008 in West Virginia.

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Health Care Reform in West Virginia: A Lesson from the States

A big casualty of the congressional health care reform legislation would be the loss of state flexibility in the financing and delivery of affordable health care options for their citizens.

Under the House bill, the federal government would regulate private insurance for the first time and dramatically increase its control over the Medicaid program. Flexibility will be sacrificed for uniformity and federal control.

Congress is ignoring important lessons that states have learned. It should pay particular attention to West Virginia, which has experimented with Medicaid reform and has learned a lot about what those reforms accomplished.

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Creating nurses, not just students

Once, at the School of Nursing, grade point average and standardized test scores were all that mattered. Students hoped for the highest marks they could achieve and administrators used them as a barometer for success.

Then came Betty Shelton.

Or, rather, then came Betty Shelton again. She had worked at West Virginia University for three years as a faculty member before taking an administrative job in Pennsylvania. It didn’t last long. The commute was easier, but she missed the supportive environment she’d left behind. So she returned to Morgantown in 2004, this time as the assistant dean of student services and with the intention to turn admissions on its head.

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