Prodigal RN

Nurses General Nursing


Hi all,

I would like to seek advice. I graduated in 2009 and got my license in 2010. It has already expired, my ID is lost as well. Anyways, I havent practiced nor worked as a nurse after I graduated, as in no experience in the hospital at all. Now, I'm thinking I wanted to work in the hospital but where do I start? Will I still get accepted? I have forgotten the skills and all, just stock knowledge. Need help.

You will need to complete a comprehensive refresher course. Without that there is absolutely no chance you will get hired into a hospital as a nurse. Even with one you will likely struggle because you never worked as a nurse. You also need to come up with a well thought out, reasonable explanation for the circumstances that resulted in you never practicing as a nurse for such an extended period of time.

Also, not sure what your BON requires to reinstate your license. You may want to look that up first.

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia.

To put it bluntly: You are not safe to practice in a hospital or any other environment.

As PP have stated, you need a comprehensive refresher (if not a return to school) and your BON may require to retake NCLEX (I saw this recently in a similar situation in my state).

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