Return to nursing after more than a decade? - page 3

by notsurewhattodo | 12,326 Views | 30 Comments

Hi all, I'm new here and looking for advice. I got my BSN back in 1992. Worked for about 4 years in a hospital pediatric unit then went to prn status for awhile. Then worked for about a year for an adult daycare center. Got... Read More


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    Hi there! I also haven't worked since 2001 because of family issues. I have two boys with autism and raising them has taken all my time. I got my BSN back in 1996 and worked for two years in endoscopy before deciding on my hiatus. They are now 12 and 13 years old and I felt it was time to go back to work hopefully part time and help pay for some of their services. I live in Southern CA and took a refresher course here. Did very well and the nurses that precepted me for clinicals even gave me references for my job hunt but so far no luck. Unfortunately I live in a nurse saturated area and no one wants to hire RN's with gaps in their career. It has been very frustrating but I'm still looking. It really depends on what area you live in. Other graduates from the refresher course who live farther away have been able to find jobs. I also totally understand where you are coming from about not wanting to take any time away from your son. That's what I am wrestling with now as I know they still need me and working full time may not be a good option. Best of luck with your decision's and I hope all goes well. Take care!
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    Thank you so much Testify and Shar for sharing your stories with me. So much of what you have said sounds just like how I feel.
    Testify, I've thought of asking my supervisor at the home health agency I work for if there would be a job for me if I got my license back. Guess I'm just scared to ask, as that would mean actually saying it out loud.
    I think if it came down to it my current supervisor would give me a good reference as would the nurse who takes care of my patient. She and I have gotten to know one another really well and she has encouraged me to get my license back. She is with a different agency.
    I think I'm scared and do not want to ruin things here at home. I don't really have to work. I just want to. It did me a lot of good to read your stories.

    Shar, good luck finding a job. I'm sure something will come along for you soon.
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    Quote from Shar88
    Hi there! I also haven't worked since 2001 because of family issues. I have two boys with autism and raising them has taken all my time. I got my BSN back in 1996 and worked for two years in endoscopy before deciding on my hiatus. They are now 12 and 13 years old and I felt it was time to go back to work hopefully part time and help pay for some of their services. I live in Southern CA and took a refresher course here. Did very well and the nurses that precepted me for clinicals even gave me references for my job hunt but so far no luck. Unfortunately I live in a nurse saturated area and no one wants to hire RN's with gaps in their career. It has been very frustrating but I'm still looking. It really depends on what area you live in. Other graduates from the refresher course who live farther away have been able to find jobs. I also totally understand where you are coming from about not wanting to take any time away from your son. That's what I am wrestling with now as I know they still need me and working full time may not be a good option. Best of luck with your decision's and I hope all goes well. Take care!
    Shar, what refresher course did you take? I am looking into a few.
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    Well it's been almost a year since I started this thread. I think the time is right now and I've enrolled in a Nurse Refresher course that starts in January. I'm scared to death but excited. Wish me luck!
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    Quote from Curious1alwys

    LOL, almost all my fellow classmates were 45+. We even had one 70 yr old!!!

    I totally get the staying home and losing your mind thing with kids. I frequently tell my husband that if I could get a calm office job that working full time would be soooooo much easier. Working full time in nursing probably too, after the first few crazy stress years. Oh well, you can't have your cake and eat it too, LOL

    There is always time. Do what you think is right and don't look back (or atleast try not to, LOL)..
    Your post gives me hope, I am not the oldest one to go to school;
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    I am a reentry nurse as well. I just started a job in labor and delivery after an eight year break. I looked for five months before I got my job. I also live in southern California. It is a tough market. Look as far north as you can. Luckily I got a job only 25 minutes from where I live bit I applied as far as Irvine and Anaheim.
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    Quote from sarahaldean
    I am a reentry nurse as well. I just started a job in labor and delivery after an eight year break. I looked for five months before I got my job. I also live in southern California. It is a tough market. Look as far north as you can. Luckily I got a job only 25 minutes from where I live bit I applied as far as Irvine and Anaheim.
    Congrats! You give me hope in being able to find work even after a long time out of the field. Good luck with your new job. Let us know how it goes!
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    More hope for you all: After completing my BSN I just landed an acute care hospital job as well! Finally!! Excited to have the training I need to get up to speed in nursing! Good Luck guys, there is always hope.....
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    You go girl! You will do great!
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    Congratulations on taking the big step on the refresher course!! I was out of nursing for 7 years, and had only 1 year nursing experience prior to staying at home with my kids. Health issues with my child prevented her from being able to go to school - so mom was called to step-up. I just kept praying that if I had a place back in nursing He would provide... which took a great amount of faith as the years went by!!

    I did an online refresher course through a Texas community college. I did not make it to the college for the days they planned skills practice (I lived a day's drive away). The skills days were optional. I just kept at the refresher course. I loved getting back into the subject of nursing. I remember every one of my classmates were worried about being able to find a job afterwards....just like me. I have not kept up with those I did the course with, but I found a job!!

    I still just work PRN, and have for the last 2 1/2 years. I am a hospice nurse - which was ALWAYS my goal even before starting nursing school!!

    I didn't quit school with my refresher course though... I guess it just got me excited about nursing again. I will finish my BSN in December!!! I may even go onto my MSN!! I would love to specialize in palliative and hospice care.

    So... to ANY out there wondering if you should jump back into nursing - my answer is "YES"! I understand timing is everything - especially when it comes to our family!! Just don't allow doubt of being able to find a job keep you from going for it. You will find a place in nursing.

    Think positive, keep your eyes and ears open for jobs, network and you'll be signing (your name) RN once again!!



    Good luck and best wishes for a fulfilling nursing career - whether full-time, part-time, or PRN!!!
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