“We want to make sure the people of North Carolina get the best and the safest healthcare possible,” Nena Peragallo Montano, dean of the UNC School of Nursing, said. “We are teaming up with all the other health care providers to do this. This is a time of crisis, we are all doing our part.”
The Registered Nurses Refresher theory course, part of the nursing re-licensure process, is a partnership between the nursing school, the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers and the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.
“Nurses have always responded to crises in many ways,” Peragallo Montano said. “I think in this moment with the COVID pandemic happening and also, added to that, with the shortage of nurses in the state of North Carolina, there's a real need to have more nurses come to practice.”
The re-licensure program includes a theory and a clinical component. Peragallo Montano said if a nurse has allowed their license to lapse for less than five years, they only have to complete the online theory course, for which the fee has been waived.