Career advice please.. Need help!

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    Hi there fellow nurses!Im dan, living in CA..im so confused and need an advice right now. I graduated last 2007, i worked as a company nurse for 1 year, Got married and have one baby now. I really wanna go back to nursing. Can someone please tell me how can i do that? Ive been our for nursing for 5 years now. I have no hospital experience . Should i take a refresher course? .. Where is the best place tp take this? Im taking bls , acls this september. Will these help? Please advice me what to do. I really need a job right now to support my baby.I dont know where and how to start. I really want to work as a nurse Also, i want to be in labor and delivery, how can i apply for that? Do i need to do med srg first before applying as l&d nurse. Its so frustrating to know that nurses with "gap years" cant go back to nursing easily
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    hello well if you've been out of work for 5 years so a refresher course would definetly help with your clinical skils, confidence. GOOD LUCK

    1.) check your states board of nursing see what status is your license. Then follow BON rules to get it to active status.
    2.) get your BLS, ACLS, or wahteve certifications up to date
    3.) get your medical malpractice liability insurance - just pay
    4.) register for a refresher course
    5.) do some volunteer work to get some contacts,network
    6.) practice your basics assessments, BP manual vitals have to be able to do it in your sleep,can volunteer services at senior centers too to take thier BP do some teaching on diet, lifestyle changhre
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    Quote from Inori
    hello well if you've been out of work for 5 years so a refresher course would definetly help with your clinical skils, confidence. GOOD LUCK1.) check your states board of nursing see what status is your license. Then follow BON rules to get it to active status.2.) get your BLS, ACLS, or wahteve certifications up to date3.) get your medical malpractice liability insurance - just pay4.) register for a refresher course5.) do some volunteer work to get some contacts,network6.) practice your basics assessments, BP manual vitals have to be able to do it in your sleep,can volunteer services at senior centers too to take thier BP do some teaching on diet, lifestyle changhre
    Thanks inori, thats what im planning to do, my license is still active, and i heard about a good refresher course in san diego area. Thats a little bit far from me but maybe ill take itAbout malpractice insurance- where can i get it? Ill just search the net?I really appreciate your comment cause i need to know where to start and volunteering is a good idea. Im a full time mom so its going to be hard but will find a way.I have a lipincott manual for nursing practice and planning to read it too from cover to cover.
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    It's not only experienced nurses that have a difficult time job hunting, it's the new grads too.

    There's a school somewhere in the OC that offers refresher courses. I can't recall the name though.

    As to malpractice insurance, when we were in school, we got it from the NSO. I don't know if there are other malpractice insurance companies, but I know for a fact that NSO is one.

    Volunteer and get connections! Right now, it's all about who you know.

    Good luck!
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    Quote from perioddrama
    It's not only experienced nurses that have a difficult time job hunting, it's the new grads too. There's a school somewhere in the OC that offers refresher courses. I can't recall the name though. As to malpractice insurance, when we were in school, we got it from the NSO. I don't know if there are other malpractice insurance companies, but I know for a fact that NSO is one. Volunteer and get connections! Right now, it's all about who you know. Good luck!
    Thanks perioddrama, that helps, ill search for that insurance, oc area is perfect. You're right too, its who you know now and i think ill start to look for facilities where i can volunteer. Hope i can find a job soon


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