Old NICU RN needs advice on re-entering workforce

  1. Hi All,
    I hope someone can direct me. I worked 15 years with babies (all aspects-teaching hospitals to rural). I stopped to help husband with his business and raise 4 kids. I did work prn for the school nurse during my hospital hiatus. It is now 15 years, later, and I desperately want to return to my first love. I have re-activated license, NRP, and take BLSN this week.
    I live outside the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and there are quite a few hospitals with NICU's.
    My question is....Do you think I can rehire without going through the RN Refresher Course? I have no desire to work with adults and haven't since nursing school. I have no problem and would welcome a Refresher Course on Neonates but would probably spaz out if I had to do adults. Any ideas?
    Also, most of these big hospitals, you apply online. It seems the old nurse recruiter is a thing of the past. Should I try to call and ask to speak to head of Unit with my questions...or will that be wrong.
    :bowingpurI thank you for any feedback you can give me.
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   neonatal_nurse
    With your qualifications why not try graduate school? Maybe you can earn a few units and this would be an advantage, you could end up in a supervisory position. Or become an NP. That way, you could earn some refresher course but still stay in neonatology where your heart lies.

    good luck!
  4. by   RainDreamer
    If you re-activated your license, then I don't see why you should have to go through a refresher course.

    The way they would handle this situation on my unit would be to offer you a 12-week orientation (like a new grad) or however long you think you'd need to get back into the swing of things.

    I would go ahead and apply online and if you don't hear from a nurse recruiter in a couple days, then I would call.

    Good luck to you!