back to work after 15 months off

  1. My family and I moved from California to Washington. At that time, I was also pregnant. Now that we have our second child, I plan on going back to work. I do want to work per diem, 12 hour shifts twice a week but am not sure if I will be considered considering how long I've been off work. Here's my experience: 2 years of telemetry, 7 years of trauma/neuro ICU (most recent). Will hiring managers even consider me as per diem? I really do not want to be a staff as I prefer the flexibility and the rate of a per diem nurse. Any thoughts?

    Thanks
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  3. by   chiandre
    My suggestion is to show that you kept up-to-date with your skills even though you have been away from the bedside. Make sure all your certifications are current. Do continuing education classes and showcase them in your resume.

    Good Luck! You can do it!!
  4. by   jensfbay
    All my certifications, such as acls, bls, pals, and rn license, ccrn are current. Do any of you happen to have suggestions re books, online classe, etc. that will help me brush up on my skills?
  5. by   eCCU
    Quote from jensfbay
    All my certifications, such as acls, bls, pals, and rn license, ccrn are current. Do any of you happen to have suggestions re books, online classe, etc. that will help me brush up on my skills?
    Add critical care CEUs on your portfolio and attend local AACN meetings inquire on how you can be included as a presenter and network.
  6. by   adpiRN
    I took off almost 2 years after having a baby and just got hired per diem in L&D (my previous speciality).

    I also wanted per diem for the flexibility. I'm excited!
  7. by   jensfbay
    That sounds hopeful. May I ask which state you are working? I'm glad it worked out for you.
  8. by   adpiRN
    We also moved states, right after I had my baby. I'm on the East Coast - the new job is in GA.

    In my interview it didn't seem to be a big deal that I had taken time off to stay home.

    I even let my certifications expire and it wasn't a big deal. I'll get them again at the hospital as part of orientation.
    (I don't necessarily recommend that, but it just worked out that way)

    Good luck!
  9. by   delphine22
    15 months doesn't seem like THAT long of a time. Especially since you've kept everything current. Keeping CCRN current means you've been up to date on your CEUs too.

    Per diem sounds just right for you. I'm sure the hospitals will value your experience. I also recommend hooking up with the local AACN chapter for networking and job referrals. Good luck!

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