Refresher course without clinical hours...is it worth it?!

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    I've been thinking about taking a refresher course because I have been a SAHM for almost 5 years. My husband is in the military so until my kids are all in school, it's just too difficult to return to work at this time, even PRN. When you move every 1-3 years it makes it pretty difficult.

    Anyway, has anybody ever taken a refresher course, but not done the clinical portion? I'm wondering if it is a huge waste of my time or if it's worth it to keep updated on current information. I can do the entire refesher online, but obviously clincial hours are all in a hospital / clinic setting. Once again, I run into problems with my husband's career.

    Any opinions?

    Also, does anyone else feel like they could still go right back to nursing with no problem after 5 years? I swear, I have not forgotten a thing. I think it's terrible that we are considered unemployable after 5 years
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    I do not have any answers for you but I am elated that I found this website. I have been inactive in nursing since 2001 and have been considering returning. I know nothing about taking a refresher course myself, but I do no that I would need something. As far as fundamental nursing knowledge, I feel it is tucked away in our brains, and will return or will be much easier to relearn if need be. I appreciate reading the advice from other nurses and their personal experience. Please, if anyone out there has been there done that, please advise
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    I'm actually in a similar situation. I have 3 young kids. I've been out of working in the hospital for 4 years, but 2 years ago I was working in a cardiac doctor's office. Can you tell me what online course you are referring to?? It might work for me.
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    No problem, here it is: http://www.mccn.edu/academic-program...er-course.html

    If you take it, please let me know how it goes
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    thanks
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    Actually I found a lot of videos on You tube! You'd be surprised. Here's a good one LINK
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    Quote from Elizabeth1
    I've been thinking about taking a refresher course because I have been a SAHM for almost 5 years. My husband is in the military so until my kids are all in school, it's just too difficult to return to work at this time, even PRN. When you move every 1-3 years it makes it pretty difficult.

    Anyway, has anybody ever taken a refresher course, but not done the clinical portion? I'm wondering if it is a huge waste of my time or if it's worth it to keep updated on current information. I can do the entire refesher online, but obviously clincial hours are all in a hospital / clinic setting. Once again, I run into problems with my husband's career.

    Any opinions?

    Also, does anyone else feel like they could still go right back to nursing with no problem after 5 years? I swear, I have not forgotten a thing. I think it's terrible that we are considered unemployable after 5 years
    That is quite impressive. I don't see how one could not practice for 5 years and absolutely not forget a thing. Then again, I forgot an appointment I made last week! I think a double purpose of nurse refresher courses is to introduce new knowledge as well as reviewing old stuff. Lots of things change quickly in health care; evidence based practice continually tweaks what was always done and revises it. Technology changes constantly, so I personally would not want to re-enter practice without a clinical element. But you could certainly never be harmed by taking any kind of nurse refresher course, with or without the clinical requirement. Just be sure to check the BON requirements in whichever state you eventually decide to re-enter the profession as some states absolutely require both a refresher course as well as clinical hours.
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    Quote from Horseshoe
    That is quite impressive. I don't see how one could not practice for 5 years and absolutely not forget a thing. Then again, I forgot an appointment I made last week! I think a double purpose of nurse refresher courses is to introduce new knowledge as well as reviewing old stuff. Lots of things change quickly in health care; evidence based practice continually tweaks what was always done and revises it. Technology changes constantly, so I personally would not want to re-enter practice without a clinical element. But you could certainly never be harmed by taking any kind of nurse refresher course, with or without the clinical requirement. Just be sure to check the BON requirements in whichever state you eventually decide to re-enter the profession as some states absolutely require both a refresher course as well as clinical hours.
    Thanks for the advice. I'll leave it at that.
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    Doing a refresher course with clinical rotation would be better, then you can get foot in the door, and letters from nurses that helped you with your rotation. Don't be afraid to ask.
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    Thank you for the replies. I also wanted to thank JAHRA for her advice. I can't send private messages b/c I don' thave enough posts yet; otherwise, I would have thank you that way. This is all great advice.

    I've been having fun getting books from the library (2010 or newer) and refreshing my knowledge. I'm surprised how much is stored away in my brain I think once I'm ready to go back to work, I'll take the refresher course with clinical hours, but for now I'll just have fun studying on my own and doing CEs!!


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