Refresher course starts tomorrow - page 5

by kintexas

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Hello every one! I am new to the site. I graduated from nursing school many years ago, took state boards and then stayed home to raise my kids. I have decided to reactivate my RN liscence and the class starts tomorrow. I go back... Read More


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    I wish you the best, I am sure you are very nervous.
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    I am currently doing a refresher course after being out of practice for 16 years to stay at home. Has anyone else done it after this long away? BTW I practiced full time for 12 years before I left to stay home. So far the course is going well but I have to arrange my own preceptorship which is making me nervous. Any suggestions?
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    Wondering how JustKaren2 is doing now.

    I felt the same way she did when I was hired at a small hospital last December. I took my refresher course in October of 2008.

    I'm still a nervous wreck!

    Let me know how you are doing.

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    perbd: Thanks for asking I am actually doing very well and I have come a long way. Perhaps I still have to look up things and ask more questions then the 'seasoned' nurses, I could still use a little more work on my organization skills, and the 12-hr shifts kill me!, but I actually feel like I'm a pretty good nurse, so I am very thankful that I was given the opportunity to return. My anxiety level is through the roof when they float me to ICU, though!

    When I feel overwhelmed, it helps me to know that even the nurses that I admire very much feel overwhelmed at times.

    I think it is a good thing that you feel "a nervous wreck" ... that means you care and that you will look things up and ask questions instead of pretending you know it all.

    Thanks for asking about me
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    Quote from JustKaren2
    perbd: Thanks for asking I am actually doing very well and I have come a long way. Perhaps I still have to look up things and ask more questions then the 'seasoned' nurses, I could still use a little more work on my organization skills, and the 12-hr shifts kill me!, but I actually feel like I'm a pretty good nurse, so I am very thankful that I was given the opportunity to return. My anxiety level is through the roof when they float me to ICU, though!

    When I feel overwhelmed, it helps me to know that even the nurses that I admire very much feel overwhelmed at times.

    I think it is a good thing that you feel "a nervous wreck" ... that means you care and that you will look things up and ask questions instead of pretending you know it all.

    Thanks for asking about me


    I am so very proud of you, and as I said earlier, WELCOME BACK, you are needed !


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    Thanks, Sally...you're the best! When I look back on this thread, it brings back how frightened I was (I had forgotten).

    For those of you considering returning, I hope you find encouragement in my story. My life has totally changed since I entered that refresher program. Heck! I might even get married to a man introduced to me by a friend I met in the program. It's all so surreal.

    If I did it, anyone can do it.
    sallyrnrrt likes this.
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    Not a difference between Refresher, Re-Entry, or Re-activation. Same thing. The Texas BON calls it a Refresher but individual facilities name it various ways. In Texas, you have specific course requirements and minimum clinical requirements. You can always do more.


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