For Inactive Nurses desiring to return to the field - page 4

I would like to hear from any nurse who has been out of the field of nursing for a time, and thinking about returning. I have been inactive for four years due to a medical sabbatical, but am now... Read More

  1. by   KarryRN
    Just wanted to share that there are hospitals out there willing to hire nurses that have been out for awhile. I only worked for just over a year out of school at a children's hospital before becoming a stay at home mom. I was out of the nursing field for nearly 8 years when I decided to go back. I took an online refresher course through a CC and after completing my clinical hours I got hired by a community hospital with a small pediatric floor. I've now been working there for almost a year. It almost feels like I wasn't out of nursing for all those years.
  2. by   nursemanon
    Here's my experience:
    I worked for 4 years at a Philippine ER and took a break for 3 years. There was no refresher course in my area and up to now, I couldn't find a hospital who would take me in if I pursue the RN online resfresher course from Mount Carmel College of Nursing (I compared all that was listed in rn.ca.gov and what my searches have produced and so far,this is the best in terms of price and curriculum).
    I applied for an ER position in one of the hospitals here. The Nurse Recruiter didn't even schedule me for an interview. I was able to get one through friends that work in the ER (they talked to the Director).
    Unfortunately, the Director said "that though you have potential, but since you stopped working for 3 years and have no US experience, I couldn't afford to re-train you."
    I applied at a Nursing Home and got accepted (they are literally desperate for RNs). The NH experience made me want to go back to the hospital more.
    I then applied to our county hospital, I didn't get a reply. I decided then to take this hospital's ACLS and talked to the instructor which happened to be its Nsg Education Director. She told me that they could probably host the clinical component of my refresher course but since I only stopped for 3 years, she doesn't think I don't need it. She advised me to apply. I did, and the HR said there's no vacancy as of the moment.
    After 2 wks, I followed up and decided to name-drop (hehe) and mentioned the conversation I had with the ACLS instructor. The HR asst called me the following morning and told me I don't need the refresher course and offered me a Per Diem Float Pool nursing interview. I initially accepted, but changed my mind. FLoat nursing is stressful and is not right for me at this time. I would seriously reconsider if it were a Full Time Position, but it is not.
    Since this county hospital is a teaching hospital, I would think that they would accept me in their New Grad / Re-entry RN program (yes, they accept re-entry RNs) but I was wrong. I told the HR asst that if there was no vacancy for that, I am still interested in doing the online refresher, and if they could allow me to do the clinicals there. I'm still waiting for a reply.
    I am thinking of applying to a versant program in SoCal, even if it is for New Grads. I would update you if it works for me.
    Best of luck to everyone!
  3. by   RN28MD
    WOW good for you to keep fighting.. I also was out for 3yrs and waiting to hear from the nurse manager I talk to last week. I will let you guys know too.
  4. by   yojzar_2000
    Hi, im really glad 2 have joined this forum. I also have the same dillema as anybody here. I have not worked for 5 years now but really want to go back as a nurse. I have worked abroad before, from 2000 to 2003, but after having kids, i decided to to be a fulltime mom,since my husband is working abroad. But now that my two kids, ages 3 and 5 years, are now in the USA as LPR, i really want to go back work again as a nurse to be with my kids. Do you have any idea what shld be my first step in achieving that?
  5. by   nursemanon
    "...since I only stopped for 3 years, she doesn't think I don't need it. "
    -- I should have written "she didn't think I need it" Haha! Sowee..

    yojzar_2000,
    where r u at? r u fr d phils?
    if needed,
    activ8 ur license -enroll in a review ctr & retake d boards (inquire at PRC)
    if u still have ur license, enroll in a trng program offered by hospitals. the philippine general hospital's advancement program for clinical nursing is excellent (6mos duration, u have to pay for it though, but totally worth every cent! m a grad of it myself)
    or u cld try applying 4 a job at asian hospital in alabang, I heard their new employee orientation is very good, & it's also 6mos..
    hope this helps! =)
  6. by   nursemanon
    I hope that nurse mngr's not d one I talked to this morning! Kidding!

    Well, if it is, hope we fill 2 of d 3 vacancies! Yay! =) Good luck to us!
  7. by   nursemanon
    u can start applying at agencies once u r done w/ at least a yr of employment.. then take ur nclex & ielts-- d agency will help u w/ this..

    but if u r being petitioned as well, u can just take ur nclex in the US..once u have ur US license, take a refresher course or just apply at a nursing home.. and later transfer to a hosp.. =)
  8. by   TLC93
    Quote from nursemanon
    u can start applying at agencies once u r done w/ at least a yr of employment.. then take ur nclex & ielts-- d agency will help u w/ this..

    but if u r being petitioned as well, u can just take ur nclex in the us..once u have ur us license, take a refresher course or just apply at a nursing home.. and later transfer to a hosp.. =)
    seems a good advise on my part nursemanon...i'm waiting for my petition,too.been inactive since i graduated...(though i volunteered in 3 hosp but lasted only 3 mos. each,argh!and that was long ago...)
    i'm considering to take the nclex here,apply to a certain state that does not require sss# but the lack of working experience is holding me.
  9. by   nursemanon
    Great news!
    The Director who couldn't hire me before wanted to meet to talk again about a position in his ER! I didn't expect this!
    And the county hospital hired me! :chuckle
    So, guys, it is possible to go back, even if you don't have a refresher course (better if u do). Just go out there and start applying!
    Good luck!
  10. by   nursemanon
    Quote from tlc93
    seems a good advise on my part nursemanon...i'm waiting for my petition,too.been inactive since i graduated...(though i volunteered in 3 hosp but lasted only 3 mos. each,argh!and that was long ago...)
    i'm considering to take the nclex here,apply to a certain state that does not require sss# but the lack of working experience is holding me.
    this is the site of the philippine general hospital apcn training.
    once you complete this training, it would be easy for you to apply to pgh or any hospital of your choice.
    if your visa could arrive in less than a year, you could just do the us refresher.
    good luck!
    http://www.pgh.gov.ph/v2/?fid=nursing
  11. by   TLC93
    [quote=nursemanon;2835706]this is the site of the philippine general hospital apcn training.
    once you complete this training, it would be easy for you to apply to pgh or any hospital of your choice.
    if your visa could arrive in less than a year, you could just do the us refresher.
    good luck!
    http://www.pgh.gov.ph/v2/?fid=nursing[/qu

    thank you so much nursemanon...i appreciate your desire to help someone like me.bless you always!!!:-)

  12. by   yojzar_2000
    Nursemamon and TLC93, thanks for all the help... now i'm on the process of completing my requirements... Thanks a lot again...
  13. by   momma23
    I just wanted to follow up my last post. I have actively been looking for a job with a lot of difficulty. I finally found a company that trains nursing assistants and applied and sent my resume and they interviewed me and hired me as an instructor. So I was glad to get my foot back in the door. I was prepared to start teaching next week after getting all my supplies, doing some training, etc.... I was notified today that the Board of Nursing did not approve me as an instructor because I was out of nursing so long. The thing that really makes me angry is that the company knew. I surely didn't hide it, they had my resume and job application with the dates on it. I don't know quite where to turn because nobody wants to hire someone out of nursing as long as I even though I felt I would have done a great job as an instructor and would be a better nurse today after raising kids, taking care of aging parents, etc....

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