KEEPING YOUR LICENSE ACTIVE???

  1. I'd like some input from Registered Nurses who are no longer working in the field. I've owned my own business from home (off the NET) so I can be with my kids for some time now, but I ALWAYS keep my CPR certification and Nursing License active. I had a RN friend ask me why saying that she let hers go long ago... Any Nurses out there no longer working in Nursing with an opinion on this?? When I thought about it, I think I keep the license active NOT because I ever plan to go back into the employee role, but you know, working for FOUR LONG years to obtain it, I see no reason to let it go. I DO keep up the required contact hours every two years.

    If you left Nursing,do you keep your license active??

    THANKS!!!!!

    Linda/CMAS, BS, RN
    BizNurse@satx.rr.com
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  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   mustangsheba
    Linda: I can't imagine ever letting my RN lapse. I'm starting my own business, but intend to do agency nursing to keep my license and skills current. Nursing is too much who I am. No matter what else I do, I will always want the option of returning to my first love. It's much easier to keep it than to get it back.
  4. by   MollyJ
    I agree with sheba. It is easier to keep than to get back. If you live in a CE state, attending CE may not make you ready to return to practice at any minute, but it keeps you credentialed and I think it reflects your regard for your licensure and profession.

    I am working in a job that does not technically require a nurse for the job and my son (age 8) often tells me I am no longer a nurse, but in fact a nurse is what I am and I bring the nursing perspective to how I do the job.

    Good luck. It is work to keep credentialed.

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