Earning a master’s degree in 1997, Laure Jane Marino, DNP, has excelled as a nurse for many years and achieved a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the George Washington University in 2016. That same year, she became a clinical associate professor in the School of Nursing at West Virginia University, where she serves on several committees and task forces in addition to her primary work teaching. In addition to this role, she established The Concierge NP, LLC in 2017, a private practice based on the concierge nursing model. This allows Dr. Marino to meet with her patients outside of the traditional office or hospital setting, and she also offers a robust telehealth service.
With considerable expertise in family practice, geriatrics, substance abuse disorder and yoga, Dr. Marino was appointed as the interim executive director of the Future of Nursing West Virginia in 2021, an action coalition whose goal is to transform the culture of health care through nursing. Her position sees her responsible for project oversight, nurse placement and grant writing. Alongside these duties, she holds membership in the American Nurses Association, is vice-chair of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and teaches bodywork and meditation as a yoga instructor. Dr. Marino is also active with several United Way projects, including the Gabriel Project, which supports mothers and children, and a homeless program that provides warming stations during the winter months.
Attributing much of her success to her ability to network and develop relationships, Dr. Marino considers the highlight of her career to be opening her own primary care practice, The Concierge NP. For her excellence, she was presented with the Breakthrough Nurse Leader Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Retired Persons in 2015, which she cites as a pivotal moment in her career. Since then, she has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni and with the Faculty Innovation Award by the George Washington University and, in 2019, she was named Change Maker of the Year by the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. Looking toward the future, Dr. Marino’s plan is to focus on mentoring the next generation of policy leaders and clinicians.