Need RN refresher course in Florida

  1. Howdy! I have just moved to Florida, and will be getting back in to nursing after a respite of thirteen years. I'd like to take a refresher course, but no one in my area seems to be offering them!?!?! This kinda confuses me, since there is a shortage out there! If any one has any info on RN refresher courses in the Leesburg or metro Orlando area, PLEEZE let me know! I certainly appreciate the help! Happy New Year to all!!
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Welcome!

    I suggest that you may want to post this under the Florida section, listed under US nursing.............you may get more answers that way.........

    Good luck.................
  4. by   Carol M.
    Quote from suzanne4
    Welcome!

    I suggest that you may want to post this under the Florida section, listed under US nursing.............you may get more answers that way.........

    Good luck.................
    Dear Suzanne, I am not real famliar with using these forum message boards... I thought I was in the Florida secton!!!! Thanks for the info! I did get it posted in the Florida section, and Pat told me to consult the local community colleges, which I have done. Still no classes/programs to be found! It really makes me wonder since there a nurse shortage out there - why not make it a little more user friendly to get back into the swing!?!?! Thanks again for your advice. Sincerely, Carol M.
  5. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I'm not sure what you would need, but perhaps just taking some CEU's would help?

    Good luck!
  6. by   Carol M.
    Quote from Fun2Care
    I'm not sure what you would need, but perhaps just taking some CEU's would help?

    Good luck!
    Dear Fun2Care,

    Hi and THANKS for your reply! I have kept my state requirements of CEU's current since I left active nursing in 1992. I lived in Kentucky, and when I moved to Florida, I got my certification by endorsement, and fulfilled their state requirement of CEU's, too. I think that I read(am NOT totally sure, tho!) that I read that if one has been out of active nursing for more than ten years, a refresher course is mandatory??? Have not seen this for sure. Also, a potential employer(nurse recruiter) has told me that I would need to take a refresher course.

    My previous skills were pretty good - I worked critical care, was ACLS certified, have done everything from recovery room, to hemodialysis, to military flight nursing, so I don't think it would take much except updating and refreshing new medicines. Gotta run....will write more later. Let me know what you think or if you know about any programs.

    THX again!

    Carol M.
  7. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Have you checked into any community colleges by you? I live in the Bradenton/Sarasota Region and I know that Sarasota Memorial has a program for returning nurses. Did you check directly with the hospitals? Do you have your ADN or BSN?

    Kris
  8. by   Carol M.
    Quote from mccnrs2b
    Have you checked into any community colleges by you? I live in the Bradenton/Sarasota Region and I know that Sarasota Memorial has a program for returning nurses. Did you check directly with the hospitals? Do you have your ADN or BSN?

    Kris
    Dear Kris,

    Thanks for you reply! Yes, I have checked with Lake Sumter Community College, and emailed a few others - with no success. No one seems interested?!?! I am puzzled! Sarasota is a pretty far distance to travel on a daily basis to go to class/practical. I have checked with Leesburg Regional Medical Center and the Florida Hospital Waterman here in Tavares, and neither has programs, again, puzzling me!

    I am a (54 year old) 3 year hospital diploma graduate from Pennsylvania with 21 years of active nursing experience, mostly critical care, but ranging from Med-Surg, to Recovery Room, Hemodialysis and even eight years in the military(four of them were flight nurse years!). I have a BS in Health Arts.

    I will keep on investigating, and hoping that something will turn up. Thanks again for your reply.

    Happy New Year!

    Carol M.

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