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Yes and yes. Just because it's not a hospital job doesn't mean that you don't need a license. If they're advertising for a nurse, they need someone with a license. Never de-activate your license until you retire.
I am currently taking a refresher course. It has 4 parts.(Theory, Pharmacology, skills and clinical). I am doing the first one right now. I am thinking after I finish this course I DON'T want to work in a hospital or hospice or home health or LTC..spoiled brat right?? For some reason after being away for nursing for 13 years with 1 year of peds LTC experience, I have developed a fear and not sure if I want to provide direct patient care anymore. I would like to work in non-clinical positions but not sure how will I get into those without the experience. I am still not sure if I should be pursuing renewing the RN licence..I am so confused?? Thanks for listening!! Any advice??
It's not confusing. As subee already pointed out, any job, in any setting, doing anything, that calls for a "nurse" will require a license. The license is what makes one a nurse, not the nursing education (although the education is a requirement/condition for licensure, obviously). Experience is a whole 'nother challenge (as you note), but, unless you just want to walk away from nursing entirely, you'll need a license. No one will consider you for any kind of nursing position without it.
It is so dificult to find an RN refresher course in the state of fl that is approved by the BON in the Panhandle. They are expensive online, and to have to travel way down south for 80hr of classroom and 96hr of clinical. I just don't know. and online is very expensive. I will tell any RN...DO NOT LET YOUR LICENSE LAPSE!!!!!