I am wondering the best way to get back into the nursing field --if there is any.
I graduated in 2000 with a BSN. Unfortunately my resume is a bit choppy as I am a military spouse. I initally worked full time in two different hospitals for almost 2 years only prior to leaving/moving cross country/having kids. Also--it's been 12 years now since graduating and 10 years since my most recent skilled nursing job and I feel like even with a refresher course of some kind that a hospital would not even look twice at my resume.
In 2009 I did work for one year as an in home respite care nurse, part time on various weekends. It was really fairly unskilled work, nothing like the hospital setting.
I hold active licenses in 2 states and do continuing education. I wonder if it is a waste of money to continue to pay these fees.
We continue to move every 2 years so finding a job, getting the experience again consistently is tough. I still have kids to care for (special needs) and a spouse who has a very inconsistent schedule and is gone as often as he's in town and live no where near family support for childcare etc.
Ideally I would like to use what I went to school for. I am upset with myself in some ways that I couldn't stay working even part-time and let my skills lapse. I was naive to think I could "just get a per diem job" in a new location or that I'd go back eventually and here I am 10 years later. My husband will retire in 7 years and I have no career and my children will not need me like they do now. Do I even consider looking into nursing again? If so how?
I have looked into refresher courses and also the possibility of doing school over with a RN-> MSN track but again I shy away thinking they expect you to be on top of skills and not be below a novice even. I have considered looking into support staff like MA, LPN, CNA type stuff instead as well. My husband thinks I could get back in easily as a nurse somewhere, but he has the view that there is a such a nursing shortage and that anyone can find a nursing job. I like to remind him that a lot of new grads can't find jobs these days for months.
I keep thinking in the back of my head my time spent in new grad training for my first job. There was a mom who had been out of the field for 20 years and she was in our new grad class--supported and mentored--but that was back in 2001. I wish I could find something like that these days!!