IUNurse...Welcome to Allnurses for nurses!
There are many nurses who post here in your situation due to bodily damage caused by nursing or other situations. I - myself - am one of them.
I have hopes to reenter nursing next year sometime, and I've been out of nursing due to a shoulder injury for five years now. I have maintained my RN license (two of them actually), and have annually or semi-annually renewed my BCLS and kept up on my required CEUs, etc.
When I do return to nursing, IF I am required to reenter at grad pay to get my feet in the door as a nurse again...so be it. Once I "catch up" on the modern day changes of nursing as far as new medications, new procedures, and such, I can still apply for jobs after that 'nurse refresher period' that will pay me my worth as a nurse.
If the only way a nurse who has been out of nursing for awhile can reenter nursing is at a grad's pay, or grad level, take the offer to catch up on things before demanding more. The object is NOT the pay...AT THAT POINT...BUT...getting a FREE reorientation to nursing. Best of luck to you!