Hello To All,
Crazy Horse, I can relate to part of your interest to "re-enter nursing after five years of absense" with age of 50's and a personal health concern. I am in my late 50's and have been out of nursing work for a few years due to some serious health changes. On your question of steps " to re-start nursing" here's what I have learned this month. First, start with a call to your state board of nursing to ask what are your state requirements to renew your nursing license. In my state, Tennessee, I have learned that if one has been out of nursing for less than 5 years, one can renew the professional nurse license by having application forms mailed from the state board of nursing to your home, fill out application, and send fee ($180 here) for renewal. (if the time period is greater than five years the requirement is that one takes a nursing refresher course.) Then, one can comply with Tennessee requirements for continuing education hours for "active" RN license by reading approved nursing articles/taking post-tests "on-line". Cool!
Good luck to you! Your fellow retired RN, neonatal 3