RN Refresher

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For more information, call
Saralyn Gillikin 910-667-9347

The RN Refresher program is offered through a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a part self-study correspondence and part clinical practicum with a preceptor.

Eligible Program Participants

  • Nurses residing in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, or Pender County who hold or have previously held a Nursing license in the state of North Carolina
  • Nurses desiring a basic medical-surgical nursing review
  • Nurses seeking to change practice areas
  • Nurses with lapsed or inactive licenses for 5 years or more
  • Nurses who have not practiced nursing in 5 or more years

Additional Resources

Self-Study Correspondence Course (Didactic Portion)

  • Administrated through the UNC-Chapel Hill Friday Center
  • Enroll at any time after evaluation with your local AHEC nurse refresher director
  • Enrollment begins the day your application is process and ends 9 months later
  • Students must have held an RN license or passed the NCLEX exam
  • Content consists of 23 modules (or lessons) – including medical-surgical topics, physician assessment, pharmacology review and medication administrations
  • The modules are available online
  • Each module concludes with a final exam
  • There is no comprehensive final exam to sit for at the end of the course
  • The self-study correspondence course is approved for 140 CNE Nursing Contact Hours

Clinical Practicum with Preceptor (Clinical Portion)

  • Didactic portion must be completed before clinical portion can be started
  • Consists of 160 hours working directly with a clinical preceptor
  • The preceptor must be present whenever the student is delivering nursing care
  • A clinical checklist is used as a guide for experiences during the practicum
  • Students must carry their own malpractice insurance
  • Vacinations and health screenings must be complete
  • Many different clinical agencies are used for the clinical practicum including New Hanover Regional Medical Center, NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital, Pender Memorial Hospital, Dosher Memorial Hospital, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, and the Davis Community