The need for more nursing jobs in West Virginia is critical, as the state has one of the highest percentages of senior citizens in the U.S. This means hospitals will need more nursing staff for increased patient care, and will also need to replace nurses who are getting old themselves. There is no doubt West Virginia is aware of the magnitude of the current nursing shortage, as WVU just recently joined a partnership to test innovative ideas within the state with the goal of improving patient care in hospitals, increasing retention of nurses, and effectively dealing with the nursing shortage nationally.
Nurse-midwives are advanced practice registered nurses that provide primary care to women, including gynecological exams, prenatal care, labor and delivery care, and neonatal care. To receive their Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery, registered nurses must graduate from a nurse-midwifery program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)the accrediting body of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)and pass the national certification exam offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). According to PayScale, the nurse-midwife salary range is $36,000 to $84,511. The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.