My BSN is from 1981 and I haven't worked since having children in 1986! Our financial picture started changing a few years ago and I took a refresher at Avila. I guess that was its last class.
The mistake I made, I think, was going back during my refresher clinicals to what I had originally loved... being where the "action was!" For me that was hearts... telemetry, CT stepdown, ICU/CCU. I quickly got scared off and haven't considered nursing again...until now...
Financial picture continues to worsen, and the clincher was when I had to take a "test" on an application for a scrapbooking store:
What type of adhesives do you use?
Name 3 of the best-selling scrapbooking magazines.
There were more along this line...
Mind you, this was my first venture back into the Job World after 21 years as a Stay-at-Home mom! And they wanted me to work Mondays, and every other Sat & Sun.... for $7.50/hr. Suddenly I'm determined to utilize my degree somehow!
So, first thing had to come to terms with my strengths and weaknesses TODAY. I do not have the drive that I did in 1981! I have enough stress at home right now with finances, husband with new job, 2 teenagers, 1 kid at college and a 10 year old. And we are all used to me being at home/on call.
So, I just discovered Olathe Medical Center has a ton of clinic nursing positions. I didn't realize they were tied in to so many clinics. Anyway, I hope I can maybe EASE back into nursing. We'll see.
My story may not be at all helpful for you... 8 years seems like nothing to me! I haven't researched re-entry programs recently, didn't know JCCC offered one now. Anount of time in clinical was very important for me. How do the on-line re-entries handle that?
I do know that since I re-newed, re-entered, re-paid or whatever you call it for my KS license, and it once again expired, I have 5 years to catch up on ceus to get it current again. (Oh Jeeez.... In digging out my license to check when I completed the refresher I discovered I must have also renewed my MO license at that time. Let's see, it expired in 2003... I didn't even remember doing that! See why I wonder about nursing??? Well, I guess that just opened up the job market some more... now what do I have to do in MO?!?!?!) Anyway, I hope to get my ceus in an area I'll be working.
I'm new to the site but found it helpful just to talk a.k.a. whine/complain to others.
Good Luck and I'd be happy to share notes!