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Touched by an AHEC: Stories from 100 Counties


Rowan County | Northwest AHEC

Elaine Scott, RN, RN Refresher Program

The RN Refresher Program was started and developed in response to the nursing shortage of the late 1980’s. North Carolina State funding was received to make the course available to all out of work nurses in the state. The model remains viable today, and has benefited over 200 Northwest AHEC students to date.

Elaine Scott, RN, BSN, a behavioral health staff nurse at Rowan Regional Medical Center, is one of the registered nurses who benefited from the program.

“Spring 1994, I left the nursing profession to become a full time mother and wife. I wondered at the time if I would ever return to nursing and, if so, how I would regain the confidence and education. I tried to keep up by subscribing to professional magazines and on-line education, and for the most part, that helped me with keeping my nursing license knowledge. However, fourteen years and two children later, the reality of stepping back into my career was only a tragic dream. Then I learned about the Nurse Refresher program the Northwest AHEC and called Kay Herr that day. The staff not only answered all my questions, but provided information and classes on how to return to the profession and be an efficient knowledgeable team member. I was mentored by nurses and able to work beside nurses on a medical-surgical floor. The confidence of returning to health care was given back to me in a structured, nurturing, professional environment. I was able to take courses through AHEC and UNC that provided the educational review and credits necessary to meet requirements expected by the NC Board of Nursing. Needless to say, I only have praise for staff and NW AHEC programs.”