First of all I'm scared to death to return to work after such a long absence. I stayed home to raise three adopted children. My ex, a doc, said to drop my license because one of our kids has autism and took a lot of energy and care. "You won't have to go back to work, honey"... He left me for a younger woman and I am devastated and afraid to get back into Nursing, but it's the only career that can provide enough income for us.
Because I moved around for HIS training, I had various short term nursing positions: Children's ER, PICU, Blood Bank, and phone triage for an HMO, but have not set foot into a real clinical situation for maybe 20 years. I'll be 51 soon.
I've taken a RN Refresher course to get my license back (yeah me!) but was so disappointed that this course did not update me at all in skills or new technology. It was run by a well meaning elderly nurse who really had not, herself, been in a hospital for years. Our clinical was in a nursing home where we had ONE resident for 4 hours per day for 4 days. THAT was it! The only good thing about it was that it (somehow) qualified for 160 hours to get my license back.
I'd appreciate help in any of these areas:
1. How do I structure a resume?
Even if I wrote a functional
resume rather than chronological one, I can't say that the experience I had or the skills I did decades ago still apply.
2. Where can I get REAL training
- so that I can interview with confidence? I am willing to take classes. But, most of them, even a Masters program are book-oriented. I am still missing that "recent experience" that is written in every job description. I am going to start volunteering in a nurse block program and for the Red Cross.
3. Thinking outside the box
, has anyone found nursing type jobs that are in different fields, places where people don't usually look?
I am motivated, I have a lot of great skills in other areas, but that darn recent experience is killing me. THANKS in advance!