Where are the FL BON Approved RN Refresher Courses

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    I live in the Pensacola/Milton/Tallahassee area. I am in need of an RN refresher course, due to expired RN license. I have searched high and low on the site, and cant find anything. Its even difficult to locate anything from the Board of Nursing, in FL. The Online classes are for the birds, they cost in excess of 1500.00 to 2k Any input would be greatly appreciated. If I can't locate anything....gotta do what I gotta do.....
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    Hey there! I found this on the Department of Health website as a pdf file. Hope it helps and good luck.




    Florida Board of Nursing Approved Remedial Courses
    The Board office will only accept an original letter on official letterhead from the remedial
    program director with the director’s original signature as proof of program completion.
    This letter must be sent directly to the Board office by the program.
     Applicants who have failed the NCLEX three consecutive times will require a
    letter to begin the remedial course. To obtain a letter, please call 850-245-
    4125 or email MQA_Nursing@doh.state.fl.us.
     Applicants who do not hold an active license, have not practiced in the past
    five years, and are applying for licensure by endorsement based on having
    previously passed the State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE) or the
    NCLEX, will require a letter of authorization to complete the clinical
    component of the remedial course. To obtain a letter of permission to begin
    the clinical component, call 850-245-4125 ext. 3612 or email
    MQA_Nursing@doh.state.fl.us. Endorsement applicants do not require an
    authorization letter to begin the theory component of the remedial course.
    Please provide the name and location of your clinical site, the
    anticipated date of completion of the clinical component, and the name
    of the remedial program when requesting letter.

    Registered Nurse Courses

    Edison State College Florida State College at Jacksonville
    Adrian Kerr, Director of Cont. Ed. Gray Matthews, CE Project Coordinator
    8099 College Parkway 4501 Capper Road
    Ft Myers, FL 33919-3566 Jacksonville, FL 32218
    (239) 433-6963 (904) 713-6004

    HNS- TEST POWER Herzing University
    Nevenka Metikos, MS, ARNP, Director Pat Edwards, MN, RN, Chair
    1375 Gateway Blvd. 1595 S. Semoran Blvd.
    Boynton Beach, Fl 33426 Suite 1501
    (561) 767-4430 Winter Park, FL 32792
    Pass the NCLEX Guaranteed]NCLEX Prep]RN Refresher (407) 478-0500
    pedwards@orl.herzing.edu

    Miller’s Nursing Review Course, Inc. University of Delaware**
    Telva Miller, Director Division of Professional and Cont. Studies
    1830 North Main Street 217 John M. Clayton Hall
    Kissimmee, FL 34744 Newark, Delaware 19716
    (407) 846-3636 (302) 831-7600
    (407) 272-2927 E-mail: continuing-ed@UDel.Edu
    Miller's Nursing Review

    Greenville College – Online Course* Miami Dade College
    (Co-provided through St. Petersburg College) Dept. of Continuing Education
    Denise Kerwin, Program Director Gwen Bentley, Director
    CE Health Program 950 NW 20th Street
    Box 13489 Miami, FL 33127
    St. Petersburg, FL 33733 (305) 237-4177
    (727) 341-3374
    FAX: (727) 341-4197
    SPC Continuing Education

    Pines Vocational Institute Capscare, Inc.
    Jennifer Genus PhD, MSN, ARNP, Director Carol Hacker, Director
    6067 Hollywood Blvd. 1775 Lake Worth Road, Suite 101
    #300 Lake Worth, FL 33460
    Hollywood, FL 33024 (561) 547-7371
    (954) 367-6733 Healthcare, training programs, continuing education, Lake Worth, Florida.
    Pinesvocationaltraining.com
    Pinesvocational.com

    Licensed Practical Nurse Courses
    Capscare, Inc. Miami Dade College
    Carol Hacker, Director Gwen Bentley, Director
    1775 Lake Worth Rd., Suite 101 Department of Continuing Education
    Lake Worth, FL 33460 950 NW 20th Street
    (561) 547-7371 Miami, FL 33127
    Healthcare, training programs, continuing education, Lake Worth, Florida. (305) 237-4177

    Miller’s Nursing Review Course Pinellas Technical Education Center
    Telva Miller, Director Latrese A. Taylor, RN, MSN
    2397 Great Harbor Drive Nursing Department Chairperson
    Kissimmee, Fl 34746 St. Petersburg Campus
    (407) 272-2927 901 34th Street South
    (407) 283-0547 St. Petersburg, FL 33711
    (407) 933-2995 (727) 893-2500
    Miller's Nursing Review

    Active Health Review Training Pines Vocational Institute, Inc.
    Amparo Sanchez RN, Director Jennifer Genus PhD, MSN, ARNP, Director
    5040 North West 7th Street 6067 Hollywood Blvd.
    Suite 714 #300
    Miami, FL 33126 Hollywood, FL 33024
    (305) 648-3293 (954) 367-6733
    Activehealthtraining@yahoo.com Pinesvocationaltraining.com
    Pinesvocational.com

    Innovative Academic Solutions
    Angele Bennett, MSN, RN
    150 McMullen Booth South
    Suite E
    Clearwater, FL 33759
    (800) 479-2805 ext. 1060
    NAPNES Approved LPN/LVN Refresher Course | Home

    *These courses require the student to coordinate a clinical experience at a local facility
    as per board rule.
    **This course requires the student to have passed the NCLEX but does not require an
    active license. The student is required to coordinate a clinical experience at a local
    facility as per board rule.
    Revised May 2, 2012
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    Hi, I took the Theroy Refresher at USF/Univ. of South FL $750.00. You can start ASAP on line. I was really boring but worth it.
    Most places will not hire you if you have been out of nursing for awhile unless you have both Clinical and Theroy. The Clinical is another $750. Plus, the fingerprinting, background check, Hep B update and Misc. white uniforms. uhh! Not check, I checked everywhere. They all add up to about $1200-1400. But worth it. Check your local colleges for a refresher. They should be starting soon in August. How long have you out of nursing? Good luck.
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    Hi, I took the Theroy Refresher at USF/Univ. of South FL $750.00. You can start ASAP on line. I was really boring but worth it.
    Most places will not hire you if you have been out of nursing for awhile unless you have both Clinical and Theroy. The Clinical is another $750. Plus, the fingerprinting, background check, Hep B update and Misc. white uniforms. uhh! Not check, I checked everywhere. They all add up to about $1200-1400. But worth it. Check your local colleges for a refresher. They should be starting soon in August. How long have you out of nursing? Good luck.
    I finally took the course thru Capscare! cost me 1675.00 for clinical and theory The course was boring. I breezed through it like in 2-3 wks. it was at your pace. My only complaint is they are VERY VERY SLOW, AND UNORGANIZED!!!

    I am able to do my clinical in Pensacola, FL, since I don't live down south. I have been thru with theory for about 3 wks now, and they still have not gotten back to me about starting clinicals. I call every day. Of course they have all my money. sigh. You have to have a back ground check, shot records up to date, tb test. After all is said and done, I think I have spent a total of about 1800.00 out the door with scrubs and all. Plus the 250.00 for the license. I will NEVER NEVER let my license expire again.....
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    Good for you! Yep, no easy or cheep way around it! Good luck on your clinical. Let us know how it goes.
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    Question? How long was it for the BON to give you back "OUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION" after everything was completed??? Did they approve it in the office or did it have to go the the big meeting held every 3-4 months??? I sure hope not.
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    Hi. I know this is an old post but I'm looking to take a RN refresher course and I live in Pensacola as well. Where did you do your clinicals in this area? Thanks
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    I was able to take them at Sacred Heart. They have a deal worked out with Capscare, the online refresher course I took. The course was like 1600.00, work at your own pace. They found me a preceptor, through the education dept. I HAD TO STAY ON THEM! I had to take a at SHH before hand of how to work their computer system and med cart and the likes. This program requires 96 hrs of clinical. I chose 4 12hr shifts, sat and sun 7a-7p worked along with my preceptor, on med-surg (4 wknds) and got it out of the way, the month of Sept 2012, and got my license Oct 2012. You HAVE to see when the board meets to get it reinstated. The board meet only like 5-6 times/yr. The board met in Tallahassee in Oct, I was lucky. I didn't have to go, but I didn't take ANY chances, I showed up anyway, in case I had to state my case as to why I was inactive or something. Yanno, there is always something.

    Good Luck....drop me a line, If any more questions. I WILL NEVER LET MY LICENSE GO AGAIN HERE IN FL!!!!!
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    Thanks for the info! My license is active but I haven't done clinical nursing in 5 years. I've been doing telephonic nursing during this time, started in Tampa and moved here 2 years ago. I was fortunate my job allowed me to work from home but unfortunately that contract ended. I have tried looking for similar work but it seems like everyone wants you to be in the same city/state they are hiring in.It's very difficult to find a job in this area and I haven't had recent clinical experience. My past experience was workin . subacute, rehab and ltc. Did you find by taking the refresher course it made it easier to find a job?
    I didn't realize it was going to be this hard to find a nursing job!!

    Sorry this was so long, just venting a little.
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    I just got a job In April with Humana, and I work from home doing UR. My job Is based out of Daytona Bch. I am very blessed. It was difficult period getting a job, being out of the clinical setting for me. Managed Care had been my area too since 1997!! I had moved back here from ATL had had a ga license, which I had let expire, and my fl license exp when I got my ga license in 1997. MY GA license expired due me being on long term disability and not being able to work since 2004. I had brain surgery due to grand mal seizures. Now off LTD as of Jul 2012, that's how I got back to work. Nursing has changed so much. I have been an RN for 30 yrs, and NOBODY WOULD HIRE ME, even though I had my license with the refresher and my past experience. BCBS on Indeed.com, I see have openings for managed care positions. I applied there before I got on with Humana. I previously worked for Aetna for like 12 yrs before I moved back to P'cola. This area is difficult to find work in the managed care industry. I would look at Indeed.com Simplyhired.com those are the2 sites I checked daily. I would "managed care" in the search window, if that's your field
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