I am looking for a RN refresher course around San Diego and Los Angeles area. I have inquired few schools listed on the CA BON that offer the course. Since I'm unemployed, I need an affordable 10-12 week course that includes theory and clinical & I don't want to take it online.
List of schools I have inquired:
-Grossmont Health Occupation Center in Santee offers an affordable course, but it's 16-weeks long.
-Cal State San Marcos no longer offers the course.
-UCSD Extension is expensive just for the theory portion.
-CA School of Health Sciences offers a 9-day theory course & is expensive.
Anyone who has taken an RN refresher within San Diego and Los Angeles, please give me information. I will truly appreciate it. I really really hope to hear from you! I'm so desperate for information because I need to take a refresher course.
Jul 12, '11
I'm sorry for the delay in reply.
The lecture was 4 hours a day and the clinical was 7 hours with a 1 hour post conference each day. We were required to wear white scrubs (these were hospital regulations because we were technically still considered students & the hospital color co-ordinates their staff). We rotated between 3 floors, 2 weeks on each floor-Oncology, Medical/Surgical & Ortho/Rehab (These can change during the next class rotation, as the hospital is a teaching hospital, so there are several other students doing clincials). You need to have a current, uninhibited RN License, negative TB, Mal-practice insurance, BLS & have at least 2 of the 3 shot Hep B series completed.
I have been out of nursing for 9 years. I never had any clinical experience other than my school clinicals & a 2 year Student RN Internship (which was CNA type work). This course helped me tremendously! You get what you make out of your experience, so while you are there, make sure that you volunteer to do everything and anything! If you are not able to participate in a skill, make sure you try to observe someone else. The only limitation you have, is that you are not allowed to do IV Insertions.
The course does not provide job placement, but listing the course on your resume is a big plus, especially if you have been away from bedside nursing for awhile. The hospital where we did clinical at hires every month. I did not apply there because it's almost a 3 hour drive from my house, one way. A couple of people from my class applied, but I don't know if they were hired because I haven't kept in touch with them. There are quite a few RN's that work there who have gone through the course though.
If you are thinking of applying to the hospital after you complete the Refresher course, a good idea is during your clinicals, get to know the Nurse Manager of the floor. Let them know who you are.
I am beginning the job search this week. I will be updating my resume. Also, I wanted some kind of experience doing IV insertions since it had been so long & since we could not do them with the refresher course, so I took a separate IV Insertion & Blood therapy course with another school.
Last edit by huladoll76 on Jul 12, '11