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Is an RN refresher course even worth it at this point? - page 2

Hey everyone, I'm having a dilemma and I need some input. I finished nursing school with honors (BSN) and received my license from the summer of '09 and have been looking for RN work since then.... Read More

  1. Visit  SeaH20RN profile page
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    I love all the honest comments!!! Take anything you can get and get recommendation letters. There are jobs out there if you want them. I just took a job with Mollen Immuniations giving flu shots at Wal Mart for $20 hr. Its all good!
    Good luck.
  2. Visit  Flare profile page
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    2k seems a bit high (though not outlandish)for an RN refresher - though may not be for your region. I checked around me - UMDNJ was about 1300, university of Delaware was less than a grand. Furthermore, i don't think it's vital to get a job. You graduated 3 years ago - not 30. It may behoove you to take some classes that would make you a bit more marketable if you haven't already - ACLS,
    PALS etc would be enticing, as would a class in tele monitoring. Don't give up - you will get a job- just need to stay positive!
  3. Visit  SurrenderDorothy profile page
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    I was in a similar situation than you recently. '09 graduate, never worked as a nurse. Started applying in January to positions. A few weeks ago I revamped my resume in more of a skills based, professional format rather than the typical nursing templates you see. I got an interview for the first position I applied for with that new resume and just today a job offer. It's no stupid job either, I think I am actually going to love this.

    During my interview they stated they weren't worried at all that this would be my first nursing job. They were more impressed with my customer service and computer skills and I had many others on there that made me stand out to them. They also stated that the fact I hadn't worked as a nurse yet gives them the opportunity to train me in their own way.

    As others have said, I think a refresher would be a waste of money. Make your resume stand out and apply, apply, apply. Good luck!
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  4. Visit  Mrs149 profile page
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    Quote from tokmom
    Seems rather excessive to me. Heck, I was out for almost 5 yrs (16 yr under my belt) and never required a refresher. I didn't feel like I lost that many skills. My weak area were the new meds that had come out.

    Why not get certified for a lot less money? It looks good on a resume, and it is a refresher course as well.
    My reply is late but I'm looking at nurse refresher courses, and the situation is different for those who have never had nursing experience beyond their clinicals compared to those who have actual hospital experience.
  5. Visit  Mrs149 profile page
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    Quote from rnMomm
    I love all the honest comments!!! Take anything you can get and get recommendation letters. There are jobs out there if you want them. I just took a job with Mollen Immuniations giving flu shots at Wal Mart for $20 hr. Its all good!
    Good luck.
    As someone in this position who attempted to get a flu shot job. I even had on my resume that I gave volunteer flu shots at one of the biggest hospitals in the area. They still wanted someone with experience. I hope this works for someone else
  6. Visit  tokmom profile page
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    Certified in what? Certification indicates you have a certain level of expertise in a specialty; it's not a refresher. Certification requirements differ from one specialty to another, but they all require a certain amount of experience. If someone hasn't worked at all, it's kind of hard to meet that requirement. I've seen people give this suggestion before, and it always befuddles me. You can't present yourself as having expertise if you've never worked.

    To the OP: A refresher course couldn't hurt and it might help. If you can afford it, I'd say do it.
    My bad OCNRN. I know this as I'm certified. Excuse me, please.

    OP, do you have an update?
  7. Visit  TRR8021 profile page
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    Yeah, I worked for Mollen this year too and facilities don't really care about this type of experience. I recently interviewed at a rehab/LTC facility and the ADON asked if I had experience and I said "I worked at a retail flu clinic" and she said "oh, but no hospital or floor experience?".... I didn't get that position. I don't know if it was for lack of experience or what, but the manager spoke as if she wanted to hire me during the interview, but then she never returned my follow up calls (which I find very rude. What is with the rudeness in healthcare?! That's for another post)....

    In any event, it's nice to have the flu clinic experience of interacting with the public, but that's about all it does as far as furthering your nursing career, IMO. I'm a year out of school with no nursing job and I'm getting worried now. I applied for many local openings and for 2 of out of state new grad positions just to see what would happen. So far, I received one notice that I didn't get selected. I'll keep applying. I have a compact license and I'm single with no kids. I want to go to graduate school too, but I would like to work at least 1 day as a floor RN before starting another nursing program I will stay positive, though.
  8. Visit  gaonsi profile page
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    Quote from tokmom
    Seems rather excessive to me. Heck, I was out for almost 5 yrs (16 yr under my belt) and never required a refresher. I didn't feel like I lost that many skills. My weak area were the new meds that had come out.

    Why not get certified for a lot less money? It looks good on a resume, and it is a refresher course as well.
    The difference between you and the OP is that you HAD experience. Leaving and coming back and not having been in at all are two very different things.


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