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
Apr 18, '02
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?
Apr 18, '02
Start exercising. Brisk walks in the park. Stretching.
The older we get, these poor feet, soooo sore
As to what area of nursing -- did you see those signing bonuses for cardiac care?!
Apr 19, '02
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!
Apr 20, '02
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.
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