For Inactive Nurses desiring to return to the field - page 6

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   becembrie
    I must have just gotten lucky. I was out for 16 years and rehired to my old position without a problem. I am finishing a two month re-orientation this week. It hasn't been easy, but really, it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. My confidence is coming back and I am starting to feel like I will do well.
    I encourage you all to keep looking. I know that when I interviewed the main concern was computer charting and my ability to pick that up. Apparently they have had problems with re-entry nurses catching on to the new technologies. It's like anything else though, you just need to be oriented.
    Good luck.
  2. by   lindarn
    Does any one know of an on line pharmacy refresher course? I am in need of one for my AF reserve squadron. I haven't worked in 6 years and failed my pharmacy test that I have to take and pass. Thanks in advance.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
  3. by   GeorgiaBoy61
    Try "Pharmacology Make Insanely Easy" Loretta Mannning and Sylvia Rayfield, ICAN Publishing, Bossier City, LA2002

    I'm sure there is an updated edition available online at Amazon, or at the publisher wesbite. I got mine at a Borders.

    The books have tons of pnemonic devices, and other ways of remembering drug classes, names, functions and side-effects.

    I am thinking of trying the military myself; are you a flight nurse? I ask because you said 'sqaudron' in your comment.

    All the best -

    Pete
  4. by   lindarn
    Quote from GeorgiaBoy61
    Try "Pharmacology Make Insanely Easy" Loretta Mannning and Sylvia Rayfield, ICAN Publishing, Bossier City, LA2002

    I'm sure there is an updated edition available online at Amazon, or at the publisher wesbite. I got mine at a Borders.

    The books have tons of pnemonic devices, and other ways of remembering drug classes, names, functions and side-effects.

    I am thinking of trying the military myself; are you a flight nurse? I ask because you said 'sqaudron' in your comment.

    All the best -

    Pete
    Thanks, I will look it up. Yes, I am an AF Reserve Nurse at McChord AFB in Tacoma, Washington. I was a flight nurse about 15 years ago. You have a better chance of being a flight nurses in the reserves, than being active duty.

    Where do you live? If you want to be a flight nurse, go for it. Thanks again.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
  5. by   smilesQD
    Hi, I just discovered this site- I too have been away from nursing for the past 5 years to raise my children. They are now at an age where I can comfortably be away from home and return to work. I have kept up my license and CPR. I was very nervous about returning to work- I know alot has changed, but I was fortunate to find a hospital that is willing to hire me and re-train me as to what my needs demand. They didn't require that I take a refresher course, although, I have been studying like crazy,new and old meds, and reviewing the basics(thank you internet) . I am doing my hospital orientation right now, my first day on the dept orientation is in two days, and I am nervous and also very excited. My manager is very understanding and encourages that we communicate my strengths and weaknesses to help my orientation process. Maybe I was just lucky to fall into this wonderful oppertunity, but jobs are out there and there are managers willing to train. Go to the hospital and fill out an application, followup daily until you are given an interview. Acknowledge the position you are in but be ready to give them reasons as to why ,even though you have been away from nursing for a while, that you would be an assett to their facility. (you value your patient, quick to learn, management skills,(face it; stay at home moms with children that have crazy schedules have great management skills!) you know what I mean. Well, I wish all of you the best in returning to the nursing profession
  6. by   RN28MD
    smilesqd I wish you the best as I too had a similar situation. Same scenario. Manager said they would be there for me. Once I got to the floor it was a different story. It turned out they ask me to resign and now I am in a refresher course. I hope this never happens to you but it can so be prepared. I was very upset since they said they would help me but then decided not. One of the other students in my refresher course had the same situation. She was there 2days and told her her skills were too rusty after education department told her they would help her with her weaknesses.
  7. by   mamanurse94
    Hello, I too been away for 5 years, taking care of my three kids too.I love nursing but when family matters..you have to think and prioritized things.I can say I am already successful with my nursing career.Sad that I have to choose only 1 career at the moment..being a wife and a mother of my 3 beautiful kids.
    Last four months ago, I tried to apply..want to be back to pick up the pieces where i left off with my nursing career.My son is already in grade two, the rest are still young.Their school hired me as a SCHOOL NURSE and I noticed that this is a job that I want for a moment.I can work and at the same time I can follow up my kids at school.I am happy and contented.I am beginning to read my nursing books again whenever I am free at work.I am still looking for a better job, not now, in the near future.
    :heartbeatFor others who want to go back to the field..there's still a place for us..don't lost hope..just pray..and apply..God will do the rest for us.

    Mommy Tata
  8. by   TexasNurseEducator
    This is common. Don't be discouraged. Find a refresher program that includes clinicals and you should be fine from there.
  9. by   kendel
    i thought u only take the state board exam once

    do u have to retake the nclex rn if u stop working as an rn for some years?
  10. by   TexasNurseEducator
    In some states you do. This used to be the rule many years ago in Texas but, is not a requirement anymore. WhHat state are you in?
  11. by   DogWmn
    Hi everyone, I joined this forum in hopes of finding out more about re-entry.

    I'm an (L)PN, I graduated from school in 1972 in OR, I worked in a hospital on a med/surg floor and ortho. I then moved and worked in a Nursing Home and then at a University Family Practice Clinic. Moved again and worked in ER, ICU, Family Practice and Peds Clinics. I had a total 10 years experience with additional training in ER/ICU and Pharmacology.

    I became licenced in OR, CO, OH and GA. After my divorce from my ex- Family Practice Doc (reasons for moving around for him to go to school)
    I was more than a little burnt out after 10+ years.

    So I got into other things, fast forward to now, I'm unemployed and my current profession was in real estate research...ummm gone.

    So today I looked for an online re-fresher course and talked with the woman, I was pleased with what I heard and so I contacted my state board to make sure her program is approved it is but not for me:angryfire. I would have to take the WHOLE program over...NOT.

    If I had the funds I just do an ADN.

    You hear everywhere they are screaming for nurses yet make it impossible to get re-certified. I'm an older (mid 50's) single woman, unemployed with a mortgage ect...ARRGGG

    OK vent over, I don't know where to turn, going to school and working that is IF I could find work is not an option for my physically...
  12. by   seetheworld
    I too joined this forum in hopes of learning more about re-entry into nursing.
    I have a BSN; graduated in 1977 from IU School of Nursing. I worked 9 years in critical care. Had CCRN, BCLS, ACLS and Recovery Room Certificate. All are expired now, and my RN licensure is in Florida. It has been in inactive status for 1 1/2 years. I currently am employed elsewhere, and haven't practiced nursing for 23 years. I would like to re-enter nursing, and am looking for a refresher course in Chicago area.
    My question is: Do I activate my license in Florida and then apply for Illinois licensure, or apply directly to Illinois? I have received the "run around" when I spoke with the Department of Professional Regulation in both states. Please advise.
    Thanks.
  13. by   lindarn
    Quote from seetheworld
    I too joined this forum in hopes of learning more about re-entry into nursing.
    I have a BSN; graduated in 1977 from IU School of Nursing. I worked 9 years in critical care. Had CCRN, BCLS, ACLS and Recovery Room Certificate. All are expired now, and my RN licensure is in Florida. It has been in inactive status for 1 1/2 years. I currently am employed elsewhere, and haven't practiced nursing for 23 years. I would like to re-enter nursing, and am looking for a refresher course in Chicago area.
    My question is: Do I activate my license in Florida and then apply for Illinois licensure, or apply directly to Illinois? I have received the "run around" when I spoke with the Department of Professional Regulation in both states. Please advise.
    Thanks.
    I just paid $200 for a pharmacology refresher course through the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education in Spokane (ICNE). The rest of the course is something to the tune of $2000.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington

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