RN thinking about returning to work after 16 years!!

  1. hi, i'm new to this site. i am a registered nurse that has been out of the work force for over 16 years. i've been home raising my children, the youngest is now 11. lately i have been thinking about returning to work!!! because it has been soooo long, i know i have to take a refresher course before any hospital will hire me....i have to admit i am a bit nervous/scared at the thought of going back to "school"!!!! i'm thinking about signing up for the online refresher program. has anyone done this?? i'd like to get back to maternal/child nursing...maybe the maternity or nursery unit. thanks in advance for any thoughts and/or insight.
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  3. by   MiaNJ
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    hi, i'm new to this site. i am a registered nurse that has been out of the work force for over 16 years. i've been home raising my children, the youngest is now 11. lately i have been thinking about returning to work!!! because it has been soooo long, i know i have to take a refresher course before any hospital will hire me....i have to admit i am a bit nervous/scared at the thought of going back to "school"!!!! i'm thinking about signing up for the online refresher program. has anyone done this?? i'd like to get back to maternal/child nursing...maybe the maternity or nursery unit. thanks in advance for any thoughts and/or insight.
    i think you shouldn't be nervous about going back to school. there are people who are changing their careers at all ages, after yrs of working in a totally different field, then take nursing courses. so if for them it's totally new, and they are able to succeed, then it should be very doable for you since you have a background. but science does advance and procedures may be done a bit differently, there are new drugs used now, etc.
    just curious, did you have to continue taking courses for ce credits to maintain your license all these yrs?
    i recently graduated nursing school and they told us that we must take some courses throughout our career that equal certain number of ce (continuing education credits), to keep our licenses current.
  4. by   donsterRN
    Welcome to All Nurses!

    I don't know the answers to your questions, but this link https://allnurses.com/forums/f35/ will take you to the OB/GYN Nursing forum. There are many people there who can better advise you about returning to nursing.

    Good luck; we're glad you're here!
  5. by   Tweety
    Good luck to you!!! Welcome!
  6. by   Luv4LTC
    hi julietoo, i returned after several years out raising kids. i'm an lpn, and came back in via ltc. they had no problem hiring me. then after working a couple of years there, i went into a hospital float pool. talk about diving in... but you can do it. that was in ga. now i'm in co where it wouldn't have been as easy. different states and facilities have different requirements. i would just fill out an ap., set up an interview, and see what they say. actually, that is what i did. good luck, and welcome back!
  7. by   80sNurse
    Check out refresher progs @ community colleges in your area, any with nursing programs may offer refreshers. Mine didn't have one so drove 1/2hr away (and my district paid the difference for out-of-district cost) and it was a HUGE confidence builder: hands-on lab, lecture time, and clinical rotation. (Now in the job hunt...) But do it NOW b/c there could be a waiting list already for programs that start next semester (e.g. January) You can always look in the meantime & call old co-workers/bosses and hospital you used to work at. Don't be shy.. be proud of the great clinical practice you can do again!
    PS: some refreshers are for those retaking boards only; some will enroll those who don't need to re-take boards.
    PPS... why not go to a meeting of maternal-child group in your area? +in meantime get CPR up-to-date.
  8. by   CHATSDALE
    welcome back, you have a good background to draw from and a refresher course would be a good idea
  9. by   flea44
    don't know if this will work am learning all this wireless/online stuff. 6 years ago I went back to nursing after 20 years off. Returned to cardiac center I left. I still work there and am senior charge for nights. It was a bit rocky but I had the advantage of joining as infomatics began. My manager said the normal heart still had 4 chambers and codes still occur at change of shift and you'll do fine. I tried to find refresher courses but most were in PA I'm from s jersey. I did ok. I read a lot at night and asked asked asked everybody-nurses and docs and residents and NP lots of questions. I read all my nursey magazines and take ce courses galore on many subjects just out of curiousity. Now I get asked the questions by nursing students, patients, new employes and the residents. You go remember just because you weren't emplyed in a hospital you learn many lessons in life. Plus you've been on the other side of the bed that counts too.

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