Quote from PatriciaInCA, LVN
I have searched & searched, but am having such a hard time finding LVN "refresher" courses! There seems to be some up in Northern CA/San Francisco area..but none in the Southern CA/Orange County area. (I live in Orange County-Southern CA, but could travel a reasonable distance on a short term basis, if needed.) So, I am putting out a call for help! If you know of ANYWHERE that I can update my skills..take a refresher course or ??? PLEASE let me know. If neccesary, I will do an online course...but would like something where I could update my clinical/hands on skills too. I have contacted the BVNPT, they were of no help. I have come accross a FEW 'NCLEX/PN' type review courses that call themselves 'refresher courses', but that is not really what I am looking for. I have found a few 'refresher' courses for foreign trained nurses, and many courses for RN's..but what about the rest of us? Seems strange that with a nursing shortage there are so few courses available. I do have a current license, and work in home care. Its just that I never worked in a hospital (and still don't plan too)... and I feel that my many years at only 'simple, minimal skill needed' cases have done me a great disservice. Now I am afraid to apply anywhere else or try new cases. If I could take a refrsher course, I would gain the confidence & 're-education' I need to move forward. Any ideas, leads ect. would be GREATLY appreciated. THANKS
I live in Arkansas, and I too, have looked for refresher courses. I just don't understand why even the small community colleges, or vo-techs, as we call them here, do not offer a refresher course.
I graduated in 1974, so it has been a looooong time that I've been out of school, and I've been on the same job for 25 years, I would never feel like I was qualified anymore to work in a hospital setting. I went to work in a LTC for a couple of years as a part time second job, and actually learned alot and updated some thru that, but I never did get much experience with the IV pumps.
The new nurses graduating today seem to come out with so much more than I received in school.
I think there is a refresher course in my state, but it's so far for me to travel, I'd have to take off for a couple of weeks to attend, and then I would have motel expenses, etc, in addition to the cost of the course.
I even checked into the vo-tech close to home to see if they would just let me attend the pharmacology course for the LPN program and the answer was no.
I also feel that thru my many years on the same job, in MR/DDS, I have lost many skills, however, it is to my benefit for the future that I stayed there, for retirement, etc.
I don't know what the solution is.....I guess they want you to go on to RN school to update your skills, but I just can't afford to do that, nor do I want to at my age.
I found an online program, called a refresher course, cost was $500.00 but I just can't spend that much money to something online and not really know what I'm getting for my money. I've lost the link for it now.
BTW, I used to live in Bellflower, and North Long Beach area, back in the 70's.
In fact, I was first licensed by CA. I went to LPN school in Arkansas, then we moved to CA, and I took boards there in CA.
I miss being in CA, for the educational opportunities. There were community colleges all around close to where we lived, but I never did take advantage of those opportunities. I wasn't interested at the time. Now I am, and traveling distance is further here.
Oh, well, one day soon, I'll be retired.