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NC AHEC Nursing Grants Announced

In the late 1980s, the North Carolina General Assembly created the Legislative Study Commission on Nursing. The Commission carried out an exhaustive examination of nursing workforce shortages in the state and considered suggestions from a number of stakeholders, including NC AHEC. Based on those findings, the 1989 General Assembly allocated funding to support the most promising of the initiatives. The NC AHEC Program was identified as a key player with responsibility for developing activities that support those legislative intents.

Legislative funding over the past two decades has enabled NC AHECs and many North Carolina nursing schools to create innovative programs that provide advanced education to registered nurses and that prepare more students for careers in nursing. Through NC AHEC’s annual nursing grants process, the following projects have been selected for funding in 2013-2014.

Clinical Site Development Grants

Nursing Program

Clinical Site


Clinical Experience

AHEC Region

Halifax Community College

Nash Health Care Systems, Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center

Rocky Mount, NC

Associate Degree nursing students from Halifax Community College will participate in clinical activities that will allow them to plan, implement, and evaluate care of patients with long-term physical disabilities and other chronic illnesses. Students will develop skills in physical assessment, learn from rehabilitation nursing staff, and consider career opportunities in rehabilitative care.


Foothills Nursing Consortium – Cleveland Community College

Hospice of Cleveland County

Shelby, NC

Hospice of Cleveland County offers community based residential care for dying patients in two inpatient houses in Shelby and Kings Mountain. Associate Degree nursing students have a unique opportunity to learn about caring for end of life patients.

Charlotte AHEC

Gaston College

Holy Angels, Inc.

Belmont, NC

Associate Degree nursing students gain knowledge and skills in the care of infants, children, and adults with severe mental retardation and physical disabilities.

Charlotte AHEC

South Piedmont Community College

RHA Howell Center – Charlotte Group Homes

Charlotte, NC

Associate degree and practical nursing students will care for pediatric patients in an intermediate care facility for intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Charlotte AHEC

Preceptor Development Program


Belmont, NC
Charlotte, NC

Charlotte AHEC will provide three full-day basic preceptor workshops as part of the AHEC funded clinical site development projects in their region with the goal of expanding access to nursing student training at Hospice of Cleveland County, Holy Angels, and RHA Howell Center.

Charlotte AHEC

College of the Albemarle

Sentara Nursing Center, Currituck

Currituck / Barco, NC

Students will gain experience in geriatrics in a long term care setting and will participate with a multidisciplinary team to coordinate, perform, and evaluate care of residents.

Eastern AHEC

East Carolina University College of Nursing

Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Community Center

Greenville, NC

Baccalaureate nursing students will work at a community center that promotes independence and self-sufficiency among Pitt County residents by improving living conditions and stimulating health awareness.   Students will apply theoretical and clinical principles with groups of clients in community populations.

Eastern AHEC

UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Piedmont Health Services, Inc.

Carrboro, NC

Piedmont Health Services is a federally qualified community health center with six locations. It will provide clinical experiences for MSN students in the clinical nurse leader, administration, informatics, and outcomes management health care systems courses.

Greensboro AHEC

Randolph Community College

Thomasville Medical Center

Thomasville, NC

Associate degree nursing students will gain skills in the care of geriatric behavioral health clients at Thomasville Medical Center, part of the Novant Health System.

Greensboro AHEC

Mitchell Community College

Davis Regional Medical Center,
Traditions Unit

Statesville, NC

Davis Regional Medical Center’s Traditions Unit is a twelve bed psychiatric inpatient treatment program where ADN students will learn to care for geriatric patients with mental illnesses.

Northwest AHEC

Surry Community College

Central Continuing Care

Mount Airy, NC

Central Continuing Care is a 120 bed skilled nursing facility where associate degree and practical nursing students will participate in geriatric nursing and end of life care.

Northwest AHEC

Western Piedmont Community College

Good Samaritan Clinic

Morganton, NC

Associate degree students will engage in clinical experiences at a free-care interdenominational ministry agency in Burke County, NC. Their participation in diabetes and hypertension clinics with at-risk populations in a rural community will develop an understanding of multifaceted issues.

Northwest AHEC

North Carolina Central University

Central Regional Hospital

Butner, NC

A dedicated education unit will provide BSN students with valuable learning in the care of patients with severe and persistent mental illness, including interdisciplinary team-based interventions, process recordings, therapeutic communication, and patient safety procedures.


Educational Mobility Nursing Grants

Off Campus Initiative / Location

Nursing Program

AHEC Region

Off-Campus MSN Nursing Degree Program / Hickory, NC


Northwest AHEC

Off-Campus RN to BSN Degree Program / Hickory, NC


Northwest AHEC

Off-Campus RN to BSN Degree Program / Whiteville, NC


Southern Regional AHEC

NC Foundation for Nursing Excellence in Collaboration with Western Carolina University, UNC Charlotte, East Carolina University, UNC Wilmington and other NC Baccalaureate Nursing Programs and
NC Community Colleges

Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) “Connect for Success” Project