Refresher Courses

  1. Hi,
    I have been in one area of nursing for many years and now want to go back to Medical/Surgical Nursing or Geriatrics. I know alot of things, have changed since I was a hospital nurse, 15 years ago. A friend says she took an RN Refresher course. It prepared her for her new job and the duties (updated her skills, etc.) Have any of you done this?, or know someone who has? Any suggestions, tips, comments?
    Thanks
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  3. by   Kizomo
    I was out of the hospital system for 16 years while travelling and then raising my family. I completed an RN refresher course 2 years ago, and have been working LTC since that time. I found the course really helped me to remember some of the old basics, and I also found many of my previous skills, such as dressing changes, injections etc, had not disappeared at all. I had to complete a clinical assignment which really helped to learn about all the new equipment such as IV pumps etc. It also brought me up to date on new dressing change techniques and medications, to name a few. Although the course was more oriented towards acute care, all this information was helpful in getting back to life in nursing. I think I would have been overwhelmed to step back into nursing without having completed it. I hope this helps... if you have any further questions, please feel free to email me.

    Regards -
    Tracy!
  4. by   goldenrule
    I've been looking a case like this but no one can answer me ,hope you can help me.Can a foreighner can go there and work while taking a refresher course or is a refresher course open only for the Canadians? I'm preparing to go there and look for the possibility to be back in nursing.
  5. by   oneLoneNurse
    I think that would depend on your original qualifications. A referesher would only be open to those who were qualified to be RNs(who were licensed as RNs in Canada) in Canada at one time.


    Quote from goldenrule
    I've been looking a case like this but no one can answer me ,hope you can help me.Can a foreighner can go there and work while taking a refresher course or is a refresher course open only for the Canadians? I'm preparing to go there and look for the possibility to be back in nursing.
  6. by   Daytonite
    i see this is an older post, but here is a link to a page of the official nc board of nursing approved lpn and rn refresher courses in your state that i found on your state board of nursing site. your next step would be to find one near you, sign up and move on to new experiences!
    http://www.ncbon.com/education-refrecor.asp

    there is a local college that does refresher courses where i live. try to get some info on some of these courses. i have heard many different opinions about refresher courses. some are legitimate, in that they are preparing nurses who have been out of hospital nursing to come back into the fold. others have another hidden agenda, and that is to screen nurses for the hospitals in which they are doing their clinical experiences as potential employees. just a word to the wise.

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