Katie Fincher began her nursing career as an RN on a cardiac SDU (Step Down Unit). After 8 years and the birth of her third child, she decided to become a stay-at-home Mom. It was another 8 years before she decided to go back into the nursing field. “After being away from nursing for an extended period of time, I knew I needed to update my knowledge and skills prior to applying for any jobs”, she said. “I took the RN Refresher course through Southern Regional AHEC, which included a clinical rotation at WAMC (Womack Army Medical Center) on Fort Bragg.”

Katie remembered how that particular rotation gave her the skills and confidence to return fulltime to the workforce. “Shortly after completing my refresher course, I interviewed for a pre-admission nurse position for long term acute care at Highsmith Rainey,” she recalled. One of the questions she was asked in the interview was “What have you done in the past 8 years to update your nursing skills?”  Thanks to Southern Regional AHEC, Katie was able respond that she had recently completed the Nurse Refresher course. “The interview went well and I got a call from Highsmith’s Human Resources about two days later, offering me the position.”

Katie firmly believes that if she hadn’t taken the Nurse Refresher course through SR-AHEC, she would not have been chosen for the position. “Sherri Eubanks (Director of SR-AHEC Nursing Continuing Education) was wonderful to work with and she guided me through the entire process,” she said. “I have been working for Highsmith Rainey for the past 5 years and I also now work part time as a CNA instructor at Fayetteville Technical Community College. I am truly thankful to SR-AHEC for providing the Nurse Refresher course and the employment opportunities that it has helped me achieve.”