Looking for info----

  1. I haven't been working as a RN for 2.5y now. I was wondering if anyone knows of a "law" or something that requires you to have to go back to work within a certain time-period, without having to take classes to get back into the swing of things. I live in WA state. I took time off to have a couple of kids and I don't want to go back any time soon. But if I have to take classes/clinicals again---I will go back now--to avoid doing that.

    Any info???
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   BadBird
    Why don't you call your state board of nursing and ask them as different states have different rules.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I live in Washington State, too. Here is the number and web addy of the WA Dept of Health: (which handles licensure of nurses in our State):

    360-236-4700

    Web ADDY: www.doh.wa.gov/nursing/default.htm#

    good luck!
  5. by   HollyWA
    Thanks!!!!
  6. by   2MagnoliaTrees
    I found out when I went to renew my license like I had done every year before but because I couldn't put down that I had done any actual nursing in a certain time span they told me that as of then my license was inactive and to get it on active status again I'd have to take a 6-month refresher course with clinicals again. Haven't been doing nursing for 17 years. Check with your state board.
  7. by   colleen10
    Hi Holly,

    In reference to your question, I don't know how long you have to be out of practice before your license is null but I was thinking that if you are going to call your State Board you could ask them the minimum of hours a month or year you would have to work to keep your license active.

    I'm offering this as a suggestion because my aunt was in the same predicament as you and she found that in Pennsylvania you didn't have to work a whole lot of hours on a yearly basis to keep your license active so, while she has been raising her children she has been putting in only a few shifts a month at her local hospital.

    It was easier to do that than go back for a refresher course and more clinicals.

    Just a suggestion that might be worth while depending on your circumstances.
  8. by   thisnurse
    i think in PA its 5 years before your license expires but if you havent practiced in 2 years it would benefit YOU to take a refresher course. ive been off 2 months and i know when i get back ill have a lot of catching up to do. its really hard starting nursing again....it would be even harder starting when you are unfamiliar with drugs and new procedures. i took a few years off and although i wasnt expired yet i took a refresher. yeah i had clinicals but they were different than in nursing school because you already have a license.

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