Active RN license for 3 years but idle for 5 years

  1. I graduated with a BSN in the Philippines back in 2009, adapting to NCLEX was pretty intense so I ended up getting my license back in 2011. I postponed "quite a while" back and I'm finding it difficult to get a job. By the way, I'm living in a state where I am not licensed nor can I EVER get reciprocity to this state.
    For someone that's practically idle for 5 years (no study or practice in the field) I fear the worst for my license and what ever career I can land.
    I was thinking taking non-clinical career or something to ease into before I take on a more difficult role which I would prefer. I'm preoccupied with being nursing assistant right now and it's getting me worried because I feel like I'll never get out. To progress I'll get ACLS certified to spruce up my resume and hopefully increase my chances of getting hired. RN refresher course is an option too but the soonest that I found is in July. I'd love to hear everyone's input. What should I do? What can I do? What options do I have?
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   sallyrnrrt
    is there a vetrans medical clinic or hospital nearby, one only has to have active lis in one of the 50 states best of kuck to you
  4. by   toomuchbaloney
    It was my understanding that all 50 states recognized the NCLEX and practice reciprocity. Is there something you are not telling us relative to your inability to get licensed in your current state of residence? Perhaps you don't actually have an active license to practice as a registered nurse in any state?
  5. by   frankie1220
    Whoa whoa whoa... I passed the NCLEX. It's active in Michigan but I live in Illinois.
    "Be licensed in the country of education"
    That's the requirement that I can't fulfill.
  6. by   sallyrnrrt
    Illinois is not a compact state, therefore, with an Michigan Lis obtained in 2011, one would petition the board of nursing in Illinois for reciprosity.... If you obtained RN lis in 2011, there is only a three year, not five that your lis. would have been idle. Petition the BON and take a refresher course.
  7. by   sallyrnrrt
    • Illinois is not a compact state, therefore, with an Michigan Lis obtained in 2011, one would petition the board of nursing in Illinois for reciprosity....
    Last edit by sallyrnrrt on Mar 13, '14 : Reason: posted twice
  8. by   nixx7
    I am in the same situation... I graduated 2009 in the philippines got my license in 2011 i got stuck doing office works in home health and hospice office... I honestly like working in office than bedside...so maybe you can try working in an office too where your knowledge can be a
    Big help for you....
  9. by   Esme12
    Quote from frankie1220
    Whoa whoa whoa... I passed the NCLEX. It's active in Michigan but I live in Illinois.
    "Be licensed in the country of education"
    That's the requirement that I can't fulfill.
    I fyou are aroung the Chicago area have you looked into Indiana licensure?
  10. by   Esme12
    Quote from sallyrnrrt
    Illinois is not a compact state, therefore, with an Michigan Lis obtained in 2011, one would petition the board of nursing in Illinois for reciprosity.... If you obtained RN lis in 2011, there is only a three year, not five that your lis. would have been idle. Petition the BON and take a refresher course.
    The problem is they were educated in the Philippines and each has their own requirements for IEN's.

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