Retire vs stay current

by Lori66 Lori66 (New) New

I am going on 4 yrs of not working as a nurse, I am a LVN and am not sure I will ever work in the nursing field again but I worked hard to get my license and don't really want to let it go. Is it better to retire it, make it inactive or is there more than continuing Ed classes I need to do to keep it active? Would love some advice and discussion on the subject. Not sure if every state is different or not but I'm in TX

sallyrnrrt, ADN, RN

Specializes in critical care, ER,ICU, CVSURG, CCU. 2,395 Posts

Texas BON requires refresher is no practice in 5 years.....+ current ceu requirement to re activate.....

Since you are under five years, I'd get the 20 ceus done and apply for re activate before the five yr. Mark.



2,836 Posts

I am retired and am not planning to return to nursing. That being said, I am going to keep my nursing license current just in case I would have any kind of unexpected financial emergency.



Has 1 years experience. 2 Posts

Hi blackcat,

Are you completely retired? Are you working part time or have a business?


Section8UpX68WM6, CNA, LVN, EMT-B

Has 29 years experience. 51 Posts

Personally, I'd keep it active and take CEs and renew it per your state's policy. And keep reading them nursing articles etc.



Specializes in Women's health & post-partum. Has 38 years experience. 464 Posts

I retired at 65. Then 9/11 happened. I had enough hours and CEs to renew when it came due, so I did, although I never needed to return to work. We weren't sure what was going to happen next and I wanted to be prepared.



38 Posts

I wanted that ability to return to work if I could or if something happened to my husband, but I will not have enough hours to renew my license during this period. I am not sure what I'll due.