Return to nursing after more than a decade? - page 3
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... Read More
1Nov 10, '13 by notsurewhattodoQuote from sarahaldeanCongrats! 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!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.
2Mar 21, '14 by slyoung2004Congratulations 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!!!
0Mar 25, '14 by Cricket183, BSNSlyoung2004,
I am curious which online refresher course in Texas you took. I am too considering taking a refresher course to re activate my RN license. I had to leave nursing 6 years ago (March 2008) due to RSD/CRPS. Although I still have RSD/CRPS, I started monthly ketamine infusions 3 months ago that have greatly reduced my symptoms. I'm concerned it may be too early in treatment to even be considering going back, but I have always wanted to return to nursing. Being on disability sucks! I worry that even if I do re-activate my license, no one will hire me because of my disability. Plus trying to manage working while still be able to receive treatment for my condition. I have to go every 4 weeks for infusions which are for four days in a row (at least right now). I don't know many employers who will be willing to work with that kind of schedule requirement. Then there is the whole SSDI thing to consider. I was blessed to be approved on my first application when so many others have to fight for years sometimes to get it. They have a ticket to work program which allows you to attempt to go back to work without jeopardizing your status. I don't even know at this point if I could physically managing going back to nursing. I use to work on a very busy inpatient oncology unit. (Even had my OCN.) I know there are a lot of other options in nursing other than bedside, but that's where my heart has always been. So much to think about....I worked so hard to get my BSN and I loved nursing so much, it just seems like a waste not to try to get my license back if I can. I'm only 46. I feel I still have a lot to offer.