PHILIPPI, W.Va.—March 5, 2020—On February 20, twenty-three Alderson Broaddus University nursing students, alongside professors Jenna Simmons, Dr. Susan Simmons, and Dr. Denise Campbell, attended the West Virginia Nurses Association (WVNA) Policy Summit in Charleston, W.Va.
The Policy Summit titled “Healthy Nurse, Healthy West Virginia: Influencing Policy, Health Care and Self-Care” showcased various guest speakers and several breakout sessions with continued education credit opportunities for attendees.
“We cannot thank AB’s Student Government Association enough for sponsoring our senior nursing students,” said Dr. Kimberly White, associate professor of nursing. “Our nursing students were able to enhance their academic and clinical skills through networking with students, faculty, and nursing leaders from throughout the state.”
Following the Summit, professors and students went to the West Virginia State Capitol to lobby on behalf of the state’s healthcare professionals. They were able to meet state legislators and sit in on the House of Delegates floor session. While attending the floor session, students were welcomed and recognized by Delegate Bill Hartman.
The WVNA is a Constituent Member Association of the American Nurses Association. The mission is to empower the diverse voice of nurses in all settings toward the unified focus of nursing knowledge, skill, and ability to promote the health & well-being of all West Virginians, through education, legislation, and health policy.
About Alderson Broaddus University
Alderson Broaddus (AB) University is a private, four-year institution of higher education located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences.
AB stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate Physician Assistant program of its kind in 1968, the first post-baccalaureate Physician Assistant Master’s degree program in 1990, and West Virginia’s first four-year Nursing program in 1945.