How long can I wait?

  1. I graduated LPN school in 2004. Since then there have been dramatic changes in my life. First, I am going through a divorce (UGLY). I had worked for a group of doctors for almost 10 months but do not have a lot of experience in LTC. I worked for brief (days) periods of time in LTC but because everytime I started a new job something dramatic would happen in my personal life I did not stay. Now my life is back together but I have found a good job outside of nursing. My question is how long can I wait before I would not be considered to work in LTC. I do not want to have to take refresher courses. I have been keeping up to date on medical advances through magazines and web sites. I know I have not lost my skills and feel very competent in my abilities. I have run into a few medical emergencies along the way and have remebered everything without second thought. My second question is do I mention my previous jobs in LTC and how I "flaked out" on them? TIA
    >>>Hasn't anyone taken anytime off from nursing and able to give me some advice??
    Last edit by LovebugLPN on Aug 13, '06
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    About LovebugLPN

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    from US
    Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in LTC, Home Health


  3. by   TheCommuter
    Many LTCFs are so desperate for staff that they will hire you with your lack of experience and not think twice about their decision to hire you.

    I am an inexperienced LVN who has never had problems being hired at LTCFs. Be sure to take into account your geographical region and hiring trends there.