Refresher Course and TPAPN? - page 3

by phlox

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I am an RN and have been out of nursing for well over a decade so need a refresher course. I left nursing by my own free will because I was diagnosed in 1996 as bipolar and was hospitalized and was unstable for many years. I am... Read More


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    Quote from phlox
    Thank you. I am still stuck in the same spot as I was years ago and it makes me sad. I simply must make changes or I will lay on my deathbed with only regrets. I must go back to nursing.

    Three years is a long time to dwell on this.
    I agree with you, "dwelling" on something does nothing to move forward. "Dwelling" reminds me of a solid structure in which someone lives. In other words, "it goes nowhere." I prefer to see my journey of recovery as just that...a journey. This implies motion or moving forward.

    Another way to look at recovery is attempting to walk up a down escalator. When we are at the top, everything is "perfect". When we are at the bottom, our disease/disorder is in full bloom and nothing is working. It takes a considerable amount of energy to begin walking up that down escalator, just as getting back into recovery takes more effort than it does to maintain recovery once we achieve it. Taking things one day at a time, one piece at a time is less overwhelming than tryin to do everything all at once.

    Finally, having a recovery sponsor, partner, "buddy" always makes the journey more effective. It's why people hire personal trainers to reach their goals when trying to achieve their peak level of fitness. We ALL need encouragement at times. It's also more "fun" to travel on a journey with someone else because ti gives us someone to share the joy with as well as help when we struggle...and we ALL struggle in our recovery at times, whether we're dealing with addiction, bipolar disorder, depression, or any other challenge you can think of.

    Check out that list of books I posted the last time and find someone to work with on developing an ACTION plan.

    You can do this!!

    Keeping you in my prayers,

    Jack
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    I can share with you what my attorney had said about the refresher course.
    I too need one, however, I am in Florida, but I suspect that this issue is the same in all states.
    She told me to wait until I have the contract from IPN first, and the license from BON.
    The refresher courses that you need to take must be one that is approved by BON of your state. There are many out there, but you can only go to an approved one. You don't want to take a course, and then to hear that is not the one that they want....
    This course is last of your worries, first comes the contract, then the course..
    I looked into some of the approved ones here in Florida, and they have two parts: first the theory, which you can take on line, then the practice part (here, if I remember correctly, is 180 hours), and you must find your own site.

    God bless
    Ariel
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    Thanks ariel. I plan on taking my refresher from phesonline which is approved by the Texas BON.

    And Jack, I re-read the list of materials you suggested and really appreciate the help. I am feeling so good about all of this now. I am putting one foot in front of the other....and I am RUNNING!
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    Quote from phlox
    And Jack, I re-read the list of materials you suggested and really appreciate the help. I am feeling so good about all of this now. I am putting one foot in front of the other....and I am RUNNING!
    LOL!! Just don't run so fast you end up losing your balance! Slow and steady. One day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time.

    I have to say your post definitely has more energy to it! Funny how you can sense that through the ether of the internet. I'm proud of you for continuing to move forward in your recovery. Keep us posted.



    Jack
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    Thanks Jack. A lot of my energy come from my mania, which is not always a bad part of Bipolar Disorder. Often, it is just the kick in the pants a person needs. But most of all I am getting energy from the fact that I am also helping my daughter and nephew get into nursing school. It's the "helping" I guess that is making me feel good. I am "doing" something. I am "making" others feel better and not just wrapped up in my own problems. Action words.


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