return to nursing

  1. Does anyone have suggestions on returning to nursing. I was a nurse for 11 years and took two years off to care for my young son who was diagnosed with diabetes. My last 4 years of nursing were spent in a nursing home. Previously, I had worked PACU and neuro ICU. I am apprehensive to returning because things change so frequently in medicine. I have been doing medical transcription out of my home for the last 2 years, so I still have some medical input going into my brain!! I'm thinking of taking a refresher course in a nearby city this summer. Are there any good books out there? I'm not sure what area of nursing I would like to return to. Thanks
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  3. by   NurseDennie
    Hi Hoops

    No advice, but I hope it goes well for you! I'm sure the refresher course will help a lot. You're probably absolutely fine, but I think the course will help with self-confidence.

    I'm curous about medical transcription - how does that pay?


  4. by   Cascadians
    Start exercising. Brisk walks in the park. Stretching.
    Athletic work!
    The older we get, these poor feet, soooo sore
    As to what area of nursing -- did you see those signing bonuses for cardiac care?!
    Wooooeeeee, demand
  5. by   HOOPS
    It was very difficult for me to get a job in transcription but eventually I did. I returned to school for a year to obtain a degree in medical transcription but most places want you to work in a hospital first, which I could not because we had no one to care for our son and two younger daughters. I needed to be at home to care for our 3-year-old son. I started around $8 an hour but after much perseverance and getting faster, I'm about $15-17 an hour. I would continue to do this but my neck gets so sore and achy. So, I don't think I can last much longer. I'd rather be up on my feet and have aching legs!
  6. by   mattsmom81
    If you've only been out two years I don't think there will be a problem...with the shortage today hospitals will probably jump at the chance to hire you...!

    Have things changed that much in PACU and ICU in 2 years? Hmm. I don't think you will have too much trouble picking it back up since you did it for 11 years prior to this. Maybe a seminar including new trends and updates may be all you need....or a critical care seminar like 'Advances in Critical Care" which rolls around every year in my parts. Recent books may help too.

    Good luck, but I bet you won't have near the problem you are thinking you may have! I think the refresher courses are designed for nurses who have been out of the loop for 10 years or more and you might be bored.