I completed a Kaplan course that did not feature a clinical, since the Texas Board assures that one may "enroll in an online refresher program for the didactic component." The Board's rules and FAQ's on the matter indicate that I may put it together this way, completing the 80 clinical hours in any setting that provides the appropriate learning opportunities, as overseen by an RN with "current knowledge and clinical expertise." True, it's more than a little worrisome to find myself having to scrounge around for that!
The Board makes it sound so straightforward: "Individuals desiring to re-enter nursing should search for clinical learning experiences that will assist them to acquire the skills necessary to provide nursing care in a competent and safe manner." Since I have long experience and have not forgotten everything, any reasonable amount of clinical learning experience will suffice to put me into safe functionality.
I am not so unrealistic as to expect a facility and individual RN to participate in my reactivation out of the goodness of their hearts and for free, but I had not really thought about paying them off out of pocket, either! In cover letters that I submit with my fairly substantial resumè, I am offering to perform the 80 clinical hours without pay, as the Board says that during the clinical learning experience "financial compensation is at the clinical learning site's discretion." A facility or agency hiring me could accept this nifty offer, or they might consider starting me on the payroll in order to get a capable and experienced nurse, if they need one, instead of paying me one of those sign-on bonuses they are always offering?
There is a very substantial difference between me and a new grad. I will not present with inexperience and timidity and will require little in the way of hand-holding. In the event of being permanently employed, I will not twist off and go looking for exciting new opportunities after a short time, the way new grads do!
Where the facility has one, I will contact the education department. However, the Board's information indicates it need not be a large acute care facility and I have been applying/proposing to LTC facilities, home health agencies, hospice outfits, etc.
I appreciate advice and opinions, but was sort of hoping for word from RNs at facilities who wish to discuss actual possibilities for proceeding, as I am ready to set about service to patients and performing, as opposed to someone just asking some big favor!