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Going back to the bedside

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I have been a nurse for 14 years, 5 of those in pediatric oncology, and 9 in the community, first doing maternal child field nursing (public health) and the 5 years of school nursing. So I have a great background in terms of growth and development, working with families and general health issues through out childhood. Now I am wanting to get back to the hospital and am interested in the NICU. I floated to the NICU when I did peds onc. I am taking a NRP class soon. Can anyone give some idea of how realistic it is for me to get back on the floor after being away for 9 years? What are the best statigies to get the attention of the hiring manager? Should I take PALS or ACLS? Any thoughts on this matter will be much appreciated.

Thanks a million,

Stacey

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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Wow....it might be harder than you think. The market stinks right now. Especially in California. Some facilities may want you to take a refresher course since you have been away from the bedside greater then 5 years. What area are you returning to?

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Meriwhen is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

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Some facilities may want you to take a refresher course since you have been away from the bedside greater then 5 years.

One of the hospitals I work for is very specific about it: they want at least 1 year of experience within the last 3 years.

Perhaps you can get your feet wet with an agency/per-diem position in peds so you can rack up some current acute care experience.

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My acute care time was mostly in peds hem/onc... I would like to go the NICU route now, I did float to NICU and saw a lot of babies in public health nursing. I am taking an NRP class in 2 weeks. I will research the refresher course. Since it is the middle of summer, I am hoping that things are slow because of vacations. Yes I agree it will be harder that I thought!

Thanks much,

s

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