West Virginia offers numerous opportunities to obtain a nursing education, from certificates and diplomas to a doctoral degree at West Virginia University in Morgantown. This university environment not only offers a DSN (Doctor of Science in Nursing), but they also provide students with the ability to work in various hospital environments. Other programs include those at the University of Charleston that offers an associate degree and a BSN, St. Mary’s Hospital and Marshall University in Huntington that offers an associate degree, and Wheeling Jesuit University that provides a BSN, an MSN in three specialties and Jesuit nursing training throughout all programs.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $19,000 and $102,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. These salaries are among the highest in the nation. As mentioned earlier, West Virginia University provides several employment opportunities in Morgantown, including Chestnut Ridge Hospital, Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center, Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Ruby Memorial Hospital and West Virginia University Children’s Hospital. One of the largest employers in West Virginia is Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, a nonprofit regional referral center. This organization also is a teaching hospital affiliated with Marshall University Schools of Medicine and Nursing. The CAMC Health System is the nonprofit parent corporation of multiple hospitals and health care companies which include Charleston Area Medical Center, CAMC Teays Valley Hospital, Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation, CAMC Health Education & Research Institute, Integrated Health Care Providers, Inc. and Braxton County Memorial Hospital. St. Mary’s Medical Center is the largest medical facility in the tri-state region, Cabell County’s largest private employer (2000+ employees) and, at 393 beds, is the second-largest single health care facility in West Virginia. St. Mary’s also is a teaching facility associated with the Joan C. Edwards Marshall University School of Medicine, training medical residents in several specialties. Other large employers include Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston and Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, which is ranked in the top ten percent nationally for cardiac care. Other opportunities for nursing employment in West Virginia include the War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley and Davis Health System with several facilities in Elkins and a hospital in Philippi.