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- by Animal3 Aug 2, '12I am 20 wks pregnant and I currently work Med-surg. Once the baby is here I want to stay at home but don't want my licence to become inactive. Is there anything I can do from home??
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- Aug 2, '12 by Ashley, PICU RNAll you need to do to maintain a current license is to file for renewal before it expires (usually every two years) and to complete your state's required continuing education units. You can get CEU's online, from home. Medscape is a free site that offers many free CEU's. You can also attend educational seminars and conferences.
- Aug 2, '12 by Animal3I thought I had to work 400 hrs in a 2 year period?
- Aug 2, '12 by Ashley, PICU RNI'd check with your state BON or in your state forum, but in my state you do not have to work as an RN to maintain an active license.
- Aug 2, '12 by Animal3Just checked and it states I need 400 hrs in a 4 yr period. I am in NH BTW. Anyone know of any options from home that would be possible with a newborn?
- Aug 2, '12 by Not_A_Hat_PersonYou could do telephone triage from home, but someone would have to watch the baby while you were working. Your BON can tell you if it qualifies as work experience. My state has a practice requirement, but nursing informatics doesn't count toward the requirement.
Would it be possible to work per-diem, every other weekend, or something else minimal to keep your foot in the door? I don't know how you feel about home health, but it can be very flexible.
- Aug 3, '12 by Piglet08400 hours in four years is not many. Just enough to be a PIA. Some bean-counting admin person who doesn't understand the nature of the work thought of that. Considering that each year the staff in my hospital, at least, has some ridiculous number of education and skills fairs and stuff ongoing all year long, you'd have to put in about 400 (with education time and driving time, etc) just to keep your annual requirements up to date for those four years, I think. What a hassle.
Find out exactly what your state considers acceptable. I wish you luck.