Quote from kemifair
South nassau communities in oceanside. That doesn't make any sense. Going to school so long and now u have to deal with this. I don't need refresher I remeber everything. I thing it's crap. No matter how many years your out of school as long as u have what's required you are fine.
However if you have not practiced as a registered professional nurse since graduating, the refresher course is a good idea as it includes usually at least 80 hours of clinical time. This refresher course is not just about remembering the theory and textbook knowledge but the actual nursing skills required of a nurse both in a simulation lab and clinical setting.
Many states require a refresher class if one has not practiced nursing actively in the past 3 or 4 years.
Everyone forgets if they are not using the knowledge and practical skills on a regular basis. In previous posts you stated graduated 5 years ago, but didn't pass the NCLEX and gain a license until March of this year. That is a long time to not use clinical skills required of a professional nurse.
It is understandable and realistic that hospitals would request that anyone in this situation (whether the delay in practice was because they took off 5 years to take care of family and then take the NCLEX/apply for a job , were ill and took time off, worked towards passing the licensing exam for the past 5 years, decided to join a mission, or decided to take a 5 year hiatus in Hawaii) to take a refresher class with clinical practice to ensure that you have recent skills to safely practice as a registered professional nurse. The textbook knowledge is only one component of qualification; recent clinical experience (whether in a clinical preceptorship, externship, another nursing job, or recent graduate from nursing school) is a critical part of being a qualified nurse.
I'm sorry that you feel that this is "crap" but at least the hospital was kind enough to let you know what is needed to be considered for a job rather than just simply reject your application as unqualified.
One suggestion: Try contacting the school you graduated from perhaps they may offer a low cost nursing refresher class for alumnae like yourself. I know a few schools offer this for their graduates. Many nursing programs are more than qualified to do refresher training plus the school has a vested interest in not only their graduates to pass the NCLEX but also to gain employment as nurses. ****