My situation is a little tricky, I will have an active license in the state of Hawaii again as of July 1st. I am applying for California license as well (never had one) but I will be back and forth between Hawaii and California so would like to be licensed in both states.
I have not actively worked as a nurse for almost 8 years..however as of July 1st will have an active license again. If I am reading correctly on CA BON, as an active nurse I can apply for CA license but nowhere does it indicate that I need recent work hours..the only thing I am finding is that I need 30 CEU'S to activate.
Since Hawaii does not require a refresher course I have been checking into what is required by CA and am not finding any info other than the 30 CEU'S required (since it's been less than 8 years).
I would very much prefer to have some review before returning to patient care, but my question is:
Will a full nurse refresher course prepare me more with theory of nursing or will the course cover practical nursing? For example , will I be writing care plans and doing nurse research and reviewing the five rights (which are all important things) or will I be reviewing parts of nursing that I really do need review on..like medication review, math calculations, abbreviations used, documentation, etc.
I am hesitant to spend the $500-$700 for a refresher course that is not necessarily REQUIRED if I can instead spend the time and effort taking multiple CEU's and reviewing what will be specific to the job I will be seeking (for example I would like to taek CEU'S on medication, documentation, dementia, abuse, and other topics related to nursing home and home health care since that is where i plan to seek out a job). I know what I need review on, and don't want to spend the next few months writing care plans when I could focus on reviewing the info that I need the most..
hope that makes sense.. on nurse.com I found a long catalog list of CEU's that I am interested in..
thanks for the help