Starting Over

  1. I'd like to say hello to everyone, and let them know why I'm here:

    I graduated from nursing school in 1978 with an associate degree. I live in Louisville, Ky. I have about 5 years experience with newborns (well, level ll, high risk deliveries), several years of pediatric office experience, a very little bit of home health, and 3 years with an insurance company doing precertifications. I have not worked since '98. I am totally out of any loops that may exist. I wouldn't know what to even call the loops!

    I want to get back in to nursing, but am not sure how to start. I have maintained my license, but no other certifications. I don't know whether to take some sort of online refresher course before I attempt employment, or to just go for it and see what happens. Will I get laughed out of the house if I do this? What kind of training/orientation do you get these days? Do I have any good options outside of hospital work? I know I am capable of starting over, I just don't know how to go about it.

    I would certainly value any feedback anyone can give me, and I look forward to learning a lot from you all.
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   CHATSDALE
    I believe that you will have to take a refresher course, most states require more current nursing employment
    i think that you will find this beneficial anyway
  4. by   bethin
    Quote from New Again, RN
    I want to get back in to nursing, but am not sure how to start. I have maintained my license, but no other certifications. I don't know whether to take some sort of online refresher course before I attempt employment, or to just go for it and see what happens. Will I get laughed out of the house if I do this? What kind of training/orientation do you get these days? Do I have any good options outside of hospital work? I know I am capable of starting over, I just don't know how to go about it.

    I would certainly value any feedback anyone can give me, and I look forward to learning a lot from you all.
    I work with a RN who did not work for 15 years. Some of the larger hospitals offer refresher courses, but our small hospital does not. She worked with staff development and they helped her with IV's, caths, etc.

    And I don't think anyone is going to laugh at you. I work with another nurse who has done nursing for 30 years and she still has questions.

    Good luck!
  5. by   Tweety
    Welcome to Allnurses. I hope you find the site helpful.

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