Focus on Faculty - Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC

Focus on Faculty

Avis Morrow, MSN, RN is an alumna of Cleveland Community College and the Foothills Nursing Consortium. More than 40 years ago, she earned her practical nursing degree at CCC and was a charter member of the College’s chapter of Gamma Beta Phi, a national honor society. Years later, Morrow went back to school to earn her associate degree in nursing through the Consortium. Then, she went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University and her master’s degree from Gardner-Webb University.

About eight years ago, she began sharing her experience and knowledge with future nurses as an instructor in the Foothills Nursing Consortium, the same program she attended.

When the decision was made to dissolve the consortium and CCC moved forward with beginning its standalone nursing program, Morrow joined the faculty at CCC as a full-time instructor. Morrow says that watching her students grow is special, especially that moment when understanding of a new concept occurs. “I feel a connection has been made,” she says. “The student’s faces light up, they nod their heads and share with one another that they ‘get it’. As they become independent, it really is like watching a bird leave its nest. They still look back to see if you are there, but they continue forward.”

Morrow lives in her hometown of Kings Mountain and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 48 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.

When she isn’t helping shape the future of nurses in our community, Morrow enjoys quilting, reading, watching old movies and visiting her grandchildren.