Returning Nurse...I hope

  1. Hi! I am a 51 year old former LVN. I graduated in 1981 (after a bachelor's in English) and worked for 12 years in hospice, inpatient psych, med-surg, ob-gyn office and HIV Health education(I moved 3 times for my husband's career.) I also passed everything for the Regent's-Excelsior College Associate's RN except the final practicum, which I did not take. When I moved to Colorado in 1993 I had a toddler, was pregnant and the positions opened here had lousy pay and rotating shifts. I ended up letting my license lapse and teaching Adult ESL and High School in the US and Eastern Europe.
    I would really like to get back into nursing. I can get my license back by retaking the NCLEX and an IV certification and finding an employer who will accept someone who has been out of the field for 13 years. Do you think it can happen???
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    Joined: Jan '07; Posts: 8


  3. by   bethin
    I think you can do it. I work with a nurse who let her license lapse and came back to nursing after being gone for 15 years to raise her family. She now is one, if not the best nurse I work with. Our employer was more than willing to work on her skills such as IV's, catheters, etc. If you have questions on whether a hospital, or LTC facility is willing to do this, contact Staff Development. You won't know if you don't ask.

    Good luck!! :spin:
  4. by   Tweety
    I'm sure you can make it happen. Good luck to you.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    I agree with everyone else - go for it!.
  6. by   CITCAT
    think of taking cert courses to update skills does your area have a rn/lpn refresher course available come on back to nursing we need ya
  7. by   RainDreamer
    Hi and welcome to allnurses! You should go for it, good luck to you!