I was away from nursing for many years and my license expired. I did a re-entry program and reinstated my license July 2009. I have still not been able to find a job. I cannot work nightshift and do not wish to return to ICU due to my age, yet nightshift ICU seems to be all that's available out there! I was told by an HR person at one of the major hospitals that she was getting 300 applications for every opening they posted, and they weren't even looking at new grads or re-entry nurses like me. I have to log in 960 hours by the time my license comes up for renewal. Is the OSBN making exceptions for nurses in this situation, due to the lack of jobs? I don't want to have to go through another re-entry program just because I couldn't get enough hours.