Hi! I'm not sure if this would be better posted on the Nursing Career Advice forum, but I'm trying to reach a wide audience so I'm putting this here for now. I've been unemployed since July 2012 due to a medical problem and some stressors that I've now put behind me. I worked for 2.5 years in my specialty, and last worked clinically as a full-time staff nurse in January of 2012. I've just accepted a travel nursing job in my state, a few hours away from where I live right now, to start in 2 weeks. They're going to provide housing, the pay is great, and I'm excited to get back to work. Unfortunately, I haven't exactly kept up with my skills while being unemployed. I know that's not something I can go back in time or change and I'm catching up on current research, EBP and refreshing my memory on drugs, treatments, etc. in my specialty. I'm very excited to go back, but I'm questioning my skills and ability to be resilient in what feels like starting back from scratch and taking a big leap of faith in my skills and competency as a nurse.
I'm not looking to be discouraged from returning to my nursing career, but am interesting in hearing success stories from other RNs who have had a similar experience as me. Support is greatly appreciated!