Any inactive LPN's? - page 2

I was just referred to this site from a nurse on another board I frequent. I only worked 7 months as an LPN in a nursing home. That job got me my job as a Special Populations paraeducator (Special... Read More

  1. by   iwanna
    I am an inactive LPN. I have not worked since June of 2004. I have sarcoidosis. My condition has been well controlled for the past year. I said that if I went a year with no hospitalizations that I would look into returning to work. So, that is where I am at now. I believe that I have some limitations and definitely would not be a floor nurse. I am on immunosuppresants. I have been thinking maybe perhaps returning to the last place I worked.(If they will have me) I left on good terms, but I don't know if there are would be any openings. It was a psychiatric hospital.
    But, first I am trying to build up my strength by working out at a gym. Or, my other option is to check out working in a doctor's office. And, specifically, a specialist. In fact, that is what my primary doctor recommended. I have even contemplated on getting my RN since there are more opportunities for RNs. But, probably more for ones that have had hospital experience. I am limited there. I have only worked in LTC briefly, and then went to Behavioral Health. I have been trying to do some research on refresher courses in my local area. I haven't found any in my area, and they seem to be so expensive. I was thinking just a few hundred dollars.
    Another option that I was looking at was returning to school for addiction counseling. I have pre-req courses that I took for my RN schooling.(but did not complete program and transferred into practical nursing) But, I am already 50 and believe it would take too much time.
    I am still paying for my school loans.
    I really need to return to work for financial reasons. My husband is 59 and his wages are low. He does not want me to return to nursing because he is worried about my health. But, I have been stable.
    So, I am looking into refresher courses, but cannot even find any locally. My license was just up for renewal last year. So, it has only been on inactive status for a year. I want the refresher course for my own sake. I worked in Ohio, last. I live in Pennsylvania. So, I am not sure what state I would even work in. I know in Ohio that LPNs must have 24 CEUs. In PA there is no state requirement.
    I really just need a quick brush up.
    Sorry for all the typos. I cannot get my spellcheck to work.
    Also, sorry for being such a long post.
  2. by   olderthandirt
    Has anyone checked about a refresher course online? I bet they offer them and clinicals could be done at a local hospital?
  3. by   olderthandirt
    Did you know that if you become disabled that you can be forgiven your student loans? Check into it. I am not sure if it can be done at anytime or when finishing at college, but I know that they caN BE FORGIVEN.
  4. by   Noot
    When I left my job at the hospital, I was in O.B. taking care of moms, newborns and scrubbing for C-Sections. As an LPN, I took and gave report, did my own assessments, meds and I.V.'s and generally ran my butt off. It has been over ten years and I still have dreams of getting behind on my charting and fear a sudden crash C-Section. I loved nursing so much that I have done the educational requirements to keep my license up, but after reading this thread ---I'm going to let it lapse next summer. All I have been doing is supporting some continuing education places and refusing to believe that I, too, am older than dirt. I could just cry! :icon_roll
  5. by   avalon1946
    i have been retired for over a year now and then come down with cancer. had pneumonia after that and then had to have radiation. the people i worked with just ignored me. but when i was there we got along and worked togeather. seems like since i retired no one wants to be bothered. why? like out of sight out of mind. i am so hurt by this.one girl i thought we are tight used me every chance she got and i got tired of her hurting me so i broke off the friendship.how do i get over all of this?
  6. by   Noot
    for avalon 1946, the thing about former employees treating you differently after retirement is not just a nursing phenomenon, it happens in every job in the world. it's like pulling your hand out of a bucket of water --- the water fills in around the void and nothing has changed. i know i felt badly for a couple of years and warned my husband before he retired that you feel worthless. he had been the boss of a large company, so it took four years for him to accept that we are in a different place of life. i guess we should accept the change and start enjoying the freedom of retirement. i would tell you to stay away from your former job site. you always feel worse after seeing people who really don't care --- get out and find some new friends, ones that won't look at you for what you can do for them.:icon_hug:
  7. by   LVNightingale
    I am a California LVN and let my license lapse due to staying home, having kids and doing transcription so I could be an at-home mommy. After that I helped in a medical office as needed and did medical office managing for one year, but didn't need my license for that and couldn't afford to keep renewing my license at the time. At any rate, I just contacted the Board of Vocational Nursing. They indicated that all I needed to do was to qualify for and take the NCLEX-PN exam. It's going to take me approximately three months to get everything done, at least from what I can figure. Fortunately transcription has kept my medical info current, but I am also looking at a refresher course in Garden Grove that looks good. I will most likely stay with clinic/office nursing.

    Hope this helps!
  8. by   Brownms46
    I have been inactive for more than two years now, and I pray I never have to be active ever again! I work as an Epic Analyst, and could not be happier! I just wished I had not spent 27 years in nursing before getting out!

    For the first 10 years, I LOVED nursing, but too much has changed. I started out going for my RN, but it just was not in me to continue. I wanted something different, and I found it!!! I THANK GOD daily!
  9. by   RG1964
    anyone have any suggestions on an online site that offer a "refreshers course" or any online course from your local college or university?
  10. by   Healthynursemanager
    http://www.nurseleaders.org/lpnonlineform.htm :

    [color=#0b98cf]order all modules cd-rom 150[color=#0b98cf]order all modules printed $225[color=#0b98cf]post-test (after the completion of all 9 modules) $75[color=#0b98cf]clinical [color=#0b98cf]placement services *(southwest idaho only) $100
    *the clinical component can not be ordered or arranged until after the completion of all self-study modules and post-test.
    [color=#0b98cf]lpn equivalency module #1 and exam this option is available only to idaho residents. it is often used by rn students wishing to qualify to take the nclex-lpn while completing their rn studies. this product consists of module #1 and an exam covering the module. $50

    http://learn.sdstate.edu/nursing/lpn.html :




    cost and completion timeframe
    the cost of the independent study refresher course for lpn/lvns is $400.00. this fee includes:
    1. course study guide (online workbook),
    2. supervision and coordination of the course
    3. correction of exams
    4. certificate of completion
    5. record keeping
    6. consultation with course participants and clinical supervisor as needed.
    please note: you will need to purchase the textbook by contacting cheryl havrevold at the university bookstore at (800) 985-8771 or via e-mail at cheryl_havrevold@sdstate.edu. it is called “textbook of basic nursing” (eighth edition) by caroline bunker rosdahl. this is an additional cost of $78.95 plus $7.50 for shipping and handling.


    http://www.delta.edu/businesssolutio...refresher.aspx :

    this course is set up in a blended format with the following components:
    • 20 hours of simulated labs
    • 60 hours clinical practice
    • independent on-line study
    • textbook readings and exercises
    • on-line peer discussion boards
    • multiple tests including pre/post testing
    25 continuing education units, including 1 pain management ce

    prerequisites
    students must go through admission to delta college to access the course management software.

    textbooks
    textbooks are required for this course. check with the delta bookstore.
    cost: $895
  11. by   Healthynursemanager
    i am presently a ny graduate pn waiting on an immigration snafu to clear before i am to receive my lpn license. it has been 1.5 years since passing the state boards. i tried to study from my nclex-pn preparation diskettes but prefer to seek assistance via an online refresher course.

    i recently posted (3) that are reputable. you can try contacting them or calling your local state boards or dept of education practical nursing programs or local vocational pn schools for additional information.

    i plan to take the theory modules from nurseleaders and to arrange for a private clinical rn preceptor from brooklyn, ny.

    for clinicals, all you need is month in a hospital and one in a ltc facility is ideal for a refresher course.

    here are the (3) i have found so far:
    re: any inactive lpn's?
    http://www.nurseleaders.org/lpnonlineform.htm :

    [color=#0b98cf]order all modules cd-rom 150[color=#0b98cf]order all modules printed $225[color=#0b98cf]post-test (after the completion of all 9 modules) $75[color=#0b98cf]clinical [color=#0b98cf]placement services *(southwest idaho only) $100
    *the clinical component can not be ordered or arranged until after the completion of all self-study modules and post-test.
    [color=#0b98cf]lpn equivalency module #1 and exam this option is available only to idaho residents. it is often used by rn students wishing to qualify to take the nclex-lpn while completing their rn studies. this product consists of module #1 and an exam covering the module. $50

    http://learn.sdstate.edu/nursing/lpn.html :

    cost and completion timeframe
    the cost of the independent study refresher course for lpn/lvns is $400.00. this fee includes:
    1. course study guide (online workbook),
    2. supervision and coordination of the course
    3. correction of exams
    4. certificate of completion
    5. record keeping
    6. consultation with course participants and clinical supervisor as needed.
    please note: you will need to purchase the textbook by contacting cheryl havrevold at the university bookstore at (800) 985-8771 or via e-mail at cheryl_havrevold@sdstate.edu. it is called "textbook of basic nursing" (eighth edition) by caroline bunker rosdahl. this is an additional cost of $78.95 plus $7.50 for shipping and handling.


    http://www.delta.edu/businesssolutio...refresher.aspx :

    this course is set up in a blended format with the following components:
    • 20 hours of simulated labs
    • 60 hours clinical practice
    • independent on-line study
    • textbook readings and exercises
    • on-line peer discussion boards
    • multiple tests including pre/post testing
    25 continuing education units, including 1 pain management ce

    prerequisites
    students must go through admission to delta college to access the course management software.

    textbooks
    textbooks are required for this course. check with the delta bookstore.
    cost: $895

  12. by   ladyjess255
    Quote from ChristyM
    In Louisiana LPN board of nursing requires a refresher course if you have not worked for 4 yrs as a nurse.

    I was out of nursing for 5 yrs. I took the refresher course and am very glad I did.So much had changed in those 5 yrs. The course was very helpful but I still felt like a "new nurse" when I got my first job after being away for so long.

    Take the course you won't regret it!!!
    rock on Louisiana girl>> since you are in louisiana can anyone help me out here::

    so after the refresher course are you required to retake the boards (im sure you are but just checking still)

    also>> what happens if written notification of retirement or change in licensure to RN is not given to the Boards?
  13. by   cladyhere
    I am facing the same challenge. I am in Florida, passed my board and worked as an LPN for approximately 15 years the left the profession. I have recently realiazed I want to reenter the nursing profession. I did not renew my license. Any suggestions on what is needed to activate LPN license.
    Please help.

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