West Virginia is ranked 47th in the nation in health according to the United Health Foundation. This ranking is down from 43rd in 2011 and includes rankings at 43rd for teen birth rate, 48th for physical activity and 42nd for children in poverty. We have a serious responsibility to concern ourselves with healthcare.
Nurses are an integral part of healthcare, and in West Virginia they are in the one of the 10 lowest paying states. They handle the majority of patient interaction, interact with the family and often work strange (and long) hours. Their engagement and investment in patients is inspiring. Alex Shaver, featured above talking about the moment she knew she wanted to be a nurse, spoke glowingly about her profession at 9 p.m. after working a 12 hour shift at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
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