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West Virginia Proposes Tax Credit for Nurse Faculty

Publish Date: 2/15/2012

Recruiting faculty has been difficult for nursing schools, partly due to the inability of the schools to offer competitive salaries, according to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing report. West Virginia is considering Senate Bill 384, which is intended to encourage nurse faculty to remain in West Virginia by establishing an annual tax credit of up to $3500 for full-time nurse educators that teach 1250 hours or more in either a public or private higher education nursing program.

Offering a tax credit has the potential to both retain and recruit nurse faculty in West Virginia. Having a complete and educated faculty could result in a more stable education system for nursing students which would also support the IOM goal of increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree from 50 to 80 percent by 2020.

West Virginia’s Senate Bill 384 has been assigned to the state’s Senate Education Committee. 

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