long story short, i'm working toward getting out of nursing and back into self-employment in another profession. if all goes well, i should be able to quit nursing by the end of 2014. i'm conflicted about what to do re: keeping my license active, though.
Everyone's saying "keep it active! you never know when you might need it" but it seems like with the nursing glut and whatnot, IF i needed or wanted to get a nursing job again years from now, no one would hire me anyway. why would they hire someone who hasn't worked as a nurse in 2, 3, 5+ years, when they could have a fresh out of school new grad or someone with current/recent experience? imho the market is too competitive to think that i could just breeze into picking up shifts as a nurse on a whim. it seems unrealistic. am i wrong about that? that's why i'm currently staying in nursing on a part-time/PRN basis until i'm sure i can support myself full time with my business- because i assume that once i'm out, i'm no longer going to be a competitive applicant for nursing jobs
if it was free or low-cost to keep my license active, that would be one thing - but CE courses, renewal fees, etc. add up and i hate wasting money. What would you do?
posted here instead of "inactive/retired" forum because i'm interested in opinions from everyone, retired/inactive AND currently working.