I'm so happy to find an active board! I have been lurking, and it seems like a terrific, helpful group of people.
I need some suggestions/advice/support. I graduated from a BSN program about 6 years ago. Because of market differences at the time/nursing school burnout/etc. I ended up not getting my license and working as a software developer(had previous training in this field). For the past year I've been considering my options, and have as always really wanted to still get into nursing. I've finally decided to go full-steam ahead, but I find myself a little confused as to the best approach.
I spoke to a couple nursing recruiters at local hospitals, and basically was told to call back when I have my license. That's cool - I understand. I've been out a long time and technically cannot work as a GN anyway (in state of FL). In the meantime I have started the process to obtain licensure with the Fl. board, and am beginning to review for the NCLEX. I am still working full-time, but am taking it on a week by week basis and am hoping to leave within the next 2-3 weeks so I can focus on making this transition.
However, in the meantime I need some advice on the best way to prepare to transition into nursing. Should I take a refresher course? It seems like a logical step, but I haven't turned up any local programs (Tampa, FL) and the nursing recruiters didn't know of any. How about working as a CNA?
Once I've received my license I would love to go into an internship program. Is there anything I can do to make myself more attractive? Do I have a chance of being able to do something like this? I feel like I've waited to long, and may not be able to get back into it.
I would love any comments/suggestions, especially from anyone in the Tampa area who might have some ideas to point me in the right direction.
Thanks so much!
Oct 14, '02
Not sure about this one.. You might try talking to some of the local Community Colleges, about entering their bridge program. They may let you come in and use it as a refresher.
It may be hard to find a school that will take you if you didnt practice and/or didnt license without going through the whole program, since it has been over 5 years. But it maybe worth a shot.
Oct 15, '02
The hospitals in Columbus have refresher courses you can take but they have clinicals associated with them and you probably would have to be licensed. I would check out a course first........