Editorial Summary: West Virginia | West Virginia News
The Smart. June 29, 2022.
Editorial: Addressing Nursing Shortages
Labor challenges have affected just about every industry in West Virginia, though some have been feeling the pinch longer than others. It took years to start looking for solutions in nursing. Efforts are underway here to attract, retain, educate and support nurses, and it appears some are paying off.
The West Virginia Center for Nursing released its 2021 data to provide “the public and stakeholders with vital information about the current state of the nursing workforce in West Virginia and offers areas where we can improve ourselves,” according to Gerald Bragg, chairman of the West Virginia Center for Nursing Council.
From 2020 to 2021, the number of registered nurses working here has increased by 2%. According to the Center for Nursing, that means efforts to expand nursing programs, recruit nurses from out of state and help people whose licenses have expired re-enter the field are working.
Meanwhile, over the same period, the number of RNs and advanced practice registered nurses under the age of 50 has also increased. New nurses are entering the workforce.
But there is still a problem. More than 13.6% of RNs in Mountain State instead work in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland.
This means that “the state should consider other ways to retain nurses in West Virginia and recruit nurses from out of state who are already licensed in West Virginia to join the workforce. state nurse,” according to the Center for Nursing.
We are progressing. There is evidence that efforts to address some aspects of the shortage have been effective. Officials should heed the advice of the Nursing Center and get to work convincing some of the people licensed to work here to do so. This is probably the hardest part of the challenge, but one that needs to be tackled.
Parkersburg News and Sentinel. June 28, 2022.
Editorial: Broadband: Secure Speed with Access
There’s been a lot of talk lately about bringing high-speed internet to people in West Virginia. The West Virginia Department of Economic Development said it is bringing quality high-speed Internet access to hundreds of thousands of homes in the state. US Senator Joe Manchin rightly wants us to have a sense of urgency to get this done, similar to bringing electricity to homes in the 1930s.
It’s a big problem. But according to hotdog.com (a website dedicated to being a “cord-cutting resource” and therefore driving the adoption of internet streaming services), West Virginians who have internet access have the most internet. slow in the country.
Yeah. We are dead last there too. Our Internet service is on average 49% slower than the national average. Our average download speed is 60.7 megabytes per second (mbps); the national average is 119.0 Mbps. Only 64.3% of Mountain State households have high-speed Internet access; and only 68.6% have a desktop or laptop computer.
According to the latest census data, there are 734,235 households in West Virginia. Public servants who find themselves inundated with federal money to do so cannot act quickly enough to get quality high-speed Internet access to the hundreds of thousands of people who don’t have it. But they also need to make sure businesses are doing well for the rest – some of which are told they have “quality” internet access, but in reality face outages and slowdowns that make it impossible to work or distance learning.
Remember that we are trying to attract and retain employers and residents at a time when quality, reliable high-speed Internet access is truly a necessity. Having, on average, the slowest internet in the country won’t do that.
There is no room for error in fixing this shortfall now.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph. June 28, 2022.
Editorial: Be Careful: Scammers Don’t Slow Down
Given the plethora of scams, it’s easy to get paranoid when your phone rings or rings alerting you to a new email or text message.
Is it a text or email from a legitimate source or a scammer trying to steal your personal information? What about the person calling you on the phone? Is this a legitimate call or a scammer claiming to represent a business or government agency?
In West Virginia, officials have seen an increase in scammers using robocalls to target state residents, according to Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. He says scammers often use legitimate phone numbers to make incessant robocalls that scam consumers out of their hard-earned money.
“Consumers should be on their toes and stay alert if they receive a suspicious call,” Morrisey said. “Remember, don’t panic and don’t give out any personal information. Our office remains committed to making progress in the fight against illegal robocalls, and we will continue to fight these illegal and heinous scam calls.
If you receive a scam call, Morrisey recommends the following steps:
• To hang up. Ending the conversation is the fastest way to stop a scam.
• Check the call. If the caller claims to represent a particular government agency, hang up and call the main number of the legitimate agency to see if that agency was trying to reach you.
• Don’t rely on your caller ID. Scammers are known to forge or “spoof” calls to make them appear to be coming from a legitimate source.
• Don’t give in to the scammer. Scammers hope that consumers will panic and return the information or money they request out of fear.
Morrisey says consumers are urged never to share personally identifiable, financial or otherwise sensitive information without verifying the legitimacy of the recipient. The same goes for never agreeing to send money, transfer money, or provide numbers associated with a credit/debit card or bank account.
Anyone with questions or who thinks they have been the victim of a scam should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 800-368-8808 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.
We all need to be careful when answering an unsolicited call, text or email. Be aware that there are scammers trying to steal our personal information.
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