Hi, I took five years off to care for my son and deal with my own health issues. I wanted to return to hospital care and my previous work had been
at a clinic. I signed up for an RN refresher course that had a hospital clinical. It was through a local community college. There was a waiting list so it took a few months. There were about 20 of us. The one who was hired first was an RN who had not practiced for 25 years. I was the youngest at 38. Recruiters even came to talk to us. Ask if there is tuition reimbursement for college... then ask for your refresher tuition to be paid once an offer is on the table. There may also be a finders bonus if you are referred by a friend who works for the company. Make sure that person has all the paperwork put in through HR or he/she may be out of a healthy bonus. At our hosp. it is over $1000. My neighbor didn't get it because of no paperwork before I interviewed.
Regarding your health, mental health, children,
marital status, sexual orientation, hair color, tattoos, race etc.... questions about those subjects are not supposed to be asked... if they are... perhaps answering by changing the subject back to "here are my letters of recommendation".... may redirect the interviewer. If not then maybe working for that supervisor isn't going to be a good fit. Do not answer any personal questions.
I have found a great interview tool is to organize all of my letters, CEU certificates, license, resume and copies of my resume into a nice binder. I got a leather look a like in the office section at the local ---mart. The zippered kind are really nice.
I put everything in clear page protectors. Sometimes I'm asked for a transcript or diploma so I have copies of those. Organize according to need. I like Resume, license, certifications, letters, CEUs., diploma, transcript.
Put the word out that you are looking. Call people who know people in the area you want to work. Don't be shy.
Every blessing and congrats on dusting off the ol' nursing shoes.