Reactivation of Nursing License

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    I am a California RN who has been out of the workforce for many years. I was lucky enough to have been able to stay home and raise my daughters. I would love to go back to work. My license has lapsed. Does anybody know what it will take to re-activate my license? Re-take the licensing exam? Continuing education? Refresher courses?

    Any help would be much appreciated!!!!
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    Hello and welcome, allikat! Your best source of information on this is directly from the the California Board of Registered Nursing Below is one of the Frequently Asked Questions but the site has a very comprehensive list of FAQs. You may find something more applicable to your situation. Best wishes to you!

    14. What can I do to become a nurse again after my license has lapsed?


    If it has been less than eight years since the license has expired, a licensee can renew his or her license by paying the delinquent renewal fee of $205, and providing proof of completing 30 hours of continuing education taken within the last two years of the date renewing. If it has been longer than eight years, the
    RN must also provide proof of a current active license in another state. If the RN does not have a current, active license in another state, then the RN must apply for the 8 Year Retake Examination.
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    Thank you for the info. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to re-take the exam, but that is apparently what I must do. Not sure if it's worth it after reading some of these posts about the status of Nursing today. I'm a bit discouraged.
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    I know. I am, too. I was out raising kids for a while and returned in 2004. I was lucky in that I had paid my fees as an "inactive" nurse all along (which was weird because I'm normally a procrastinator) so I didn't have to retake the NCLEX. I didn't realize it at the time, but the market for nurses was beginning to tighten up even then.

    It isn't impossible to find work, I think it probably takes more research into what specialties are most in demand and possibly relocating, very hard to do with a family . . . anyway best wishes to you!


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