West Virginia Wesleyan Awarded $200,000 Challenge Grant

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The Naylor Family Fund has awarded West Virginia Wesleyan College a $200,000 challenge grant to expand the Howard D. Naylor ’39 and Audrey Holden Naylor ’41 Nursing Simulation Lab.  The grant, that challenges Wesleyan to raise an additional $100,000, will also allow the College to move its simulation laboratory out into the community.

Once the challenge is met, Wesleyan will renovate 634 square feet of classroom space into simulation laboratory experience.  In addition Wesleyan will add a clinical and simulation coordinator to develop the center, training curriculum, and training to community health care professionals, and purchase simulation equipment and supplies to add pediatric and infant care into the curriculum.

Wesleyan opened the Naylor Lab in 2010 after receiving a grant from the Naylor Family Fund.  The non-profit organization has also provided funding to Wesleyan for scholarships and training for faculty in the School of Education.

“We are extremely grateful to the Naylor Family Fund for their continued generosity,” stated Wesleyan President Pamela Balch ’71.  “This grant will provide clinical training experiences for students in our School of Health Sciences and allow the College to serve health-care professionals throughout the region.”

Wesleyan has raised $30,000 toward the $100,000 challenge goal to date.  College officials are optimistic they can successfully reach the fund-raising goal before the end of the fiscal year.

Wesleyan offers a bachelor of science in nursing as well as a master’s of science in nursing administration and nursing education.  The College also offers a master’s degree and certificate of endorsement in nurse-midwifery and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through collaboration with Shenandoah University.  All programs are accredited by the Board of Commissioners of the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc (NLNAC),

In 2012, 100 percent of Wesleyan’s 25 nursing graduates passed the 2012 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLRX-RN).