I am an ADN RN, graduated 1980, worked steadily for 16 years. I worked OR for the last 8 years, but also worked ER, Public Heath and IV Therapy. In 1996 I started telephone triage nursing, which I did until 2001. Then, my MIL became ill, and I left work to care for her in our home. She did great, eventually moving into her own apartment, but I still had her as a "home visit patient". I did some other types of work...notary, web design...so my schedule was free to take her to dr appts, shopping, etc.
We moved to TX and I took a refresher course, thinking she was better and I could go back to work. Then I had a rude awakening. No one wanted me. I had 20 years of varied nursing experience, but since I hadn't been in the hospital in 8 years, they weren't interested. I put in tons of applications, and got a few interviews, but no offers. And most wouldn't even talk to me. "Too long out of the field."
In the meantime, my daughter has graduated from nursing school and is looking to get her BSN online. She wants me to do it with her. I'm not exactly opposed to that, BUT...
How can I find out whether I will run into the same issue as a "new" BSN nurse? Will it matter that I just graduated from the BSN program, or will I still be considered "too long out of the field"? I don't want to spend $10K and 13 months, only to find out I'm in exactly the same position I am right now.