West Virginia University School of Nursing and WVU Medicine United Hospital Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 4 in conjunction with the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce to showcase the new School of Nursing campus at Bridgeport.
In the unique partnership, the newest School of Nursing campus offers the fast-track BS/BA to BSN nursing program, alongside state-of-the art classrooms and skills labs just steps away from the clinical facility. United Hospital Center contributed $100,000 toward furnishings and equipment for the new School of Nursing Bridgeport Campus.
“With this program, we can train nurses faster,” shared Tara Hulsey, Dean and E. Jane Martin Endowed Professor. “The hospital was already expanding, so the timing was perfect for us to bring the fast-track program to a setting where there was a need.”
The new space in Bridgeport is both practical and beautiful, with natural light filling the classrooms and views of the mountains seen from the conference rooms and student lounge.
“The addition of the WVU School of Nursing to the UHC campus provides a unique opportunity for collaboration, enabling the school to produce dedicated and compassionate nurses ready to meet the evolving healthcare challenges of tomorrow,” said David F. Hess, M.D., president and CEO of UHC. “We cannot unilaterally solve nursing shortages, but together, we are uniquely positioned to meet the demands of our region and state.”
Bridgeport Campus Chair Veronica Gallo said the fast-track curriculum is tried and tested at the Morgantown Campus, so she is confident in the program’s success. As a Harrison County resident and a tenured nurse herself, Gallo’s passion about the community and providing high quality nursing education is clear: “I want this campus to be a prospective student’s first choice.”
For more information, visit nursing.wvu.edu.
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