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Godsgirl73 has 23 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN.

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It sounds like you have a great plan in place already, with lots of support. Good for you!

I don't know how it works in Canada, but did you have to be certified by a particular organization to become an NP? If you did, I hope you didn't let your certification lapse. Here in the States, if you let your certification lapse, there is only a short while when you can be reinstated. After that, the certifying body (for example, ANCC) can (a) make you take the certifying exam again and (b) require you to meet the educational standards are in place now -- not the ones that were in place when you were first certified.

Hopefully, none of the above applies to you. But if re-certification is going to be an issue, better to start working on that now than later!

Best of luck to you!

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Godsgirl73 has 23 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN.

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I thought I would give you another update. Doors are definitely opening, which is exciting!

My return-to-practice plan has been approved by my provincial licensing body. I will be taking an advanced pharmacotherapeutics course, doing some adult and pediatric practicum placements, and taking the FNP exam. I have been given a good amount of time to complete all of these requirements, so I feel reasonably confident that I will be able to practice as a NP again in the future as long as I am willing to work at it. I've always enjoyed school, and now that my kids are a bit older, I'm looking forward to learning some new information and re-learning that which I've forgotten since last practicing as a NP!

I have begun reviewing pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy. I am just waiting to hear back from the university as to when I will be starting my course and first practicum. In the meantime, I have found willing preceptors for my practicum placements. I'm a little bit anxious about having to write the FNP exam, but I have already purchased a few FNP study guides and, while working my way through the study guides, I am reviewing the areas that I'm finding challenging.

I'm hopeful. And thankful that, at least for now, things are moving forward.

 

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