Need ideas to keep license current (cross post)

  1. Cross posted on inactive nurses forum.

    Back story: I was an RN for 12 years in a major teaching hospital, with ICU experience and ACLS certification. Then I worked 2 years for a large insurance company as a pre-authorization nurse. Then I moved overseas for several years and my license expired. I have been away from the bedside for 7 years. When my husband and I returned to the states, my old boss at the insurance company offered me a job similar to my old job, but I had to reinstate my license as a job requirement. I went to the time, trouble and expense to do that, only to find that the insurance company in the interim fell on hard times and the job was no longer available as they decided not to fill positions when nurses left. Grrrrr! I applied for several months to jobs at various hospitals and tried to call in my old contacts, but was informed that there was a hiring freeze in our city and there were NO jobs at either hospitals or SNFs, except for the usual full time night shift emergency room jobs . . . Several of my nursing buddies confirmed for me that this was not just a rumor, but a fact. I never even got a response to any of my applications.

    I called the American Red Cross and the public health dept. and free clinics looking for volunteer positions as I was told these could count toward keeping my license current, and was told by everyone I contacted that due to the hiring freeze/shortage of nursing positions, as well as all the new grads in the area, they were glutted with nurse volunteers who also needed hours to keep their licenses current, and therefore they didn't need any volunteers!!!

    This all happened last year. Since that time, we have added to our family and I now have infants to care for. That means I'm not open for night shifts and full time employment. I really feel desperate. What I want is to work part time in a non stressful environment, and positions like these were plentiful when I was last active in nursing, but not anymore, at least, not where I live (portland, oregon). My license is sure to expire again in another year because I will not have worked enough hours to keep it current. I do not plan to ever reinstate my license so if it goes, it goes. I'm out of a career.

    I was hoping that maybe there was some type of job that I could do from home or online. Someone mentioned doing workmen's comp intake forms for a national company, but I have no idea how to find out about that sort of thing. Do such jobs actually exist?

    I find this whole situations so bizarre. I was a good nurse and used to get stopped by managers in the corridors who would ask me if I wanted to come work in their department. Now I can't even get a moment face to face with a human being.
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  3. by   RN_seattle
    has ur prb resolved? I'm in a similar situation so pls share if u've figured out what u can do to keep ur license current..thanks
  4. by   mimartinrn
    I am in the same boat, only I just got offered a relief position (one day a week). The catch is that I have to renew my license in May and won't have enough hours. Totally crappy situation. I don't think it is right to take the job and then have to quit in May. Any suggestions on how to supplement this job with some volunteer hours or something online? Anyone? Bueller?