After working as a Neonatal Nurse Practioner for 10 years I "retired", and have been living abroad for several years. I am really wanting to return to nursing and realized I must first get my licence back. Does anyone have advice on how they have chosen to study for the exam? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Being in Hong Kong, I have lots of free time, can do online course work, but have no availablity to do any clinical here. But for now I think the matter of preparing to retake an exam I havent taken in 25 years is a tad daunting!
Thank you and love the site....
Feb 5, '09
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
suzannern our former staff member with expertise in helping new grads and foreign trained nurses pass nclex...along with other members advice and experiences gathered together to form our nclex discussion forum
1st thing to do: check out the state boards of nursing regulations regarding license reinstatement. some permit refresher course completion, others require nclex testing if license lapsed so many years.
there are several online refresher courses available; most include didactic + clinical time to receive completed certificate. the amount of hours vary be course. my advice for posters needed to retake nclex due to licensure lapse is to start with nclex review book and do practice tests first. if scoring well, look at ce websites, and take course contant that you are weak in as refresher. if not scoring well above 75% then take refresher course --especaily if not practiced in 10+ yrs. be aware some refresher courses require active license as clinicals required & only offered at facilites sites while other programs offer classes seperate from clinicals that can be arranged in your area.
do your internet homework: search for "online rn refresher course". following programs may interest you
[color=#2200cc]rn refresher online | university of delaware | professional ...
rn refresher course information - central colorado area health ...
mount carmel college of nursing
south dakota state university, college of nursing
[color=#2200cc]michigan center for nursing - nurse refresher programs
article: outcomes-based research: evaluating the effectiveness of an online nurse refresher course
[color=#2200cc]rn refresher courses at nurse.com | nationwide refresher course ...
good luck on this journey
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Mar 14, '11
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It's a good thing, you have plenty of time to check out the requirements and utilize Suzanne's plan. From what I've read here, it sounds incredible!
I moved from PA to DE and the hoops I would have to jump through would bankrupt me lol I've contacted the DON here in DE and totalled up my costs. It actually will be less expensive in the long run to actually begin again.
I can't believe it but it's true.... I am hoping that the regs might change in the next year or so but I doubt it.
In any case, I will be doing the reviews and checking out Suzanne's plan when the time comes. I just hope the economy doesn't make it even harder to get a position.
Please keep us posted on what the requirements are to get reinstated. I'm learning more about this all the time!
I had to add this: When I spoke to the PA BON they would NOT accept a refresher course from the U of D (University of Delaware) due to the omission of a standardized exam at the end of the course. I would have to arrange that exam and a preceptorship on my OWN. And no hospital in my area in DE had a BSN that was willing to go out on a limb as a preceptor for clinical evaluation.
If I attended Northampton CC or Montgomery Area CC for the Reactivation, I would have to stay up there for most of the weeks, and even then DE wants to play politics and "maybe" they would accept the Reactivation from PA. If not, I could retake an entire Refresher Course here in DE....
With the amt of money and time spent in class I should have an honorary doctorate lol
Last edit by SuzeeW on Feb 5, '09