Need an advice... I've been out of practice for 17 years. During that time I've worked in an office environment and now been laid off. I'm unsure if I should reactivate my career as a nurse. In Canada, I have to take a year course to be registered in the CNO. I'm 40 and I thought that's a very long time. Is there a quick way to reenter the workforce probably a short reentry program in the US? Also, do I need to take the NCLEX before I can apply for school or work in the US?