Returning to Workforce...Need Help!

  1. Hi everyone,

    I graduated in San Francisco with an ASN in 1994 but never took my boards, I worked in nurse externships, cna positions etc...then left the nursing profession completely 7 years ago to reap the rewards of the hi-tech boom and sow my wild oats. Now I'm settled down in FL and want to return to nursing, but I need to refresh my skills and education to take the NCLEX. Does anyone have advice on where to start? Would taking an NCLEX review course or reading the study guide be enough? What about my skills? They're a little rusty, but do I need a clinical refresher course......is there even such a thing?

    I'm in the Tampa Bay area (Clearwater)

    Anyone else had the same situation?

    Thank you all, I really appreciate it.

    - Laura
    Last edit by shortcut on Oct 10, '05
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Jolie
    Why do you need to retake NCLEX? A refresher course may be worthwhile, or even required, depending on state regulations in FL, but I doubt that it is necessary to re-take boards.

    Contact local hospitals, community colleges, or even the BON to find out where you can take a refresher. Such a course should include both classroom and clinical time.

    Good luck!
  4. by   Mulan
    Why did you go to nursing school and then not even take the boards? Just curious.
  5. by   lesrn2005
    I heard about a nurse (who recently lost job as case manager), looking at Hillsborough Comm. college in Tampa for a refresher skills course. Never ran into her again so I don't know her outcome. Try the college!!
  6. by   Jolie
    OK, I see from your edit that you never took boards. Most refresher courses are designed for individuals who hold a license but lack current practice, or individuals who were previously licensed and have gone "inactive". I don't think you would qualify for such a course until you pass boards. Check with the FL BON to be sure.

    Perhaps an NCLEX review would be your best bet, then a refresher.
  7. by   shortcut
    Since everyone wants to know, the reason why I graduated but never took the boards is....my husband at the time was a paramedic and medical student. He had a depression disorder and commited suicide during my last semester of school. After he died, I went numb and didn't want to take care of anybody...I needed to take care of myself. So, I guess that's why I never took my boards. I'm so over all the healing and soul searching and drama...I just want to get back to work.

    I've check colleges, but no one seems to know of any refresher courses.


    So, now you know, and knowledge is never a bad thing
  8. by   Mulan
    I am so sorry.

    The reason I was curious is that there have been other posters who also never took boards and I have wondered why after going through all that (nursing school) anyone wouldn't take the boards.

    You have my deepest sympathy for your loss.

    Have you contacted the state Board of Nursing? Maybe they can help you, tell you what you need to do to be able to take the boards, or where you can find a course.

    I'm not in your state but I have contacted my state BON via telephone and via email for various things and they have always gotten back to me and have answered my questions.

    Take care and good luck.
  9. by   barefootlady
    Please contact your state board of nursing, make an appointment to speak personally to one of the members, then explain exactly what happened. I do know there are courses out there, seminiars, other ways to refresh and review the material needed. I wish you luck and I am sorry that life was so difficult for you for awhile. Have a productive and blessed day.
  10. by   Sunqueen
    I am doing the RN Refresher course at Broward Community College. I know that is way too far south for you. But, why not call there and ask if they know of any other Florida colleges doing the course. The prerequisites include a Fl licence and past RN experience (but someone in my class has only ever worked as a volunteer, so they are flexible). If you would like the contact person and the phone number pm me.
  11. by   suzanne4
    Thie biggest issue is that the op has never held a nursing license. That is what is the stumbling block against any of these programs.

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