Trying to get back into the hospital after staying home with the kids. - page 3

by sarahaldean 8,399 Views | 26 Comments

I have been a stay at home mom for almost eight years except for two years that I worked for a retail store. I enjoyed working retail but I really want to get back to nursing. I began applying four months ago. Before I became a... Read More


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    I too have been trying to get back into the clinical setting after being out for 6 years to raise my children. One recruiter told me I committed professional assassination to my own career by staying home and a GN would get more consideration then I would. I was an Emergency room nurse directly from nursing school and I did possess many certifications and classes. I even took my PHRN while I was out. Nothing is working I am so devastated and do not know what to do besides beg.... any suggestions????
    Curious1alwys likes this.
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    That recruiter is a prejudiced witch, probably unloading her own issues all over you.

    Maybe after six years a refresher course would be a good idea and it's current effort you can put on your resume.

    Look into private duty, home health, agencies, float pools, PRN positions to get your foot back in the door. One way you are similar to a new grad is that you'll probably have accept a job or two that's less desirable to you at first in order to work your way back where you want to be. For right now, though, just concentrate on getting work somewhere as a nurse.
    jazzmine1175 likes this.
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    The hardest thing in this market, that I've seen, is hospitals wanting the BSN. Do you have it?

    I think it is only "professional assassination" in this market!! If you don't have your BSN, they very well might choose a GN (BSN, of course) over you. It's gonna be tough to get back in but you have lots of experience, I am sure that will get you far. But yes, you probably will have to take a refresher but that really is no big deal hopefully if you have one by you. Good Luck!!
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    I do not have my BSN ... I do have 3 associate degrees, Nursing/Science/Criminal Justice but I never wanted my BSN because back a few years ago the only thing the BSN did was help you on the clinical ladder to management which I never wanted. I was enrolled to start working towards it when I got pregnant with my 1st child and then I tried again when I came back to work after her ... then came my son and life happened. And now it is all buy a requirement unfortunately.
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    Only if you're stuck on the hospital. Look other places.
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    Quote from jazzmine1175
    I do not have my BSN ... I do have 3 associate degrees, Nursing/Science/Criminal Justice but I never wanted my BSN because back a few years ago the only thing the BSN did was help you on the clinical ladder to management which I never wanted. I was enrolled to start working towards it when I got pregnant with my 1st child and then I tried again when I came back to work after her ... then came my son and life happened. And now it is all buy a requirement unfortunately.
    Well, you've busted that myth that BSN is only for people who want to work "management." I graduated with BSN in 1975 and writing was already on the wall to have a BSN because jobs then (in NYC) were scarce. And we didn't have a single "management" course - just clinicals. Staying out of hospital nursing for over 5 years makes it really tough to get your foot back in unless you take a refresher course. Good luck to you.
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    When you say "with a preceptor" what does that mean?


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