Got my license renewed.

  1. I just renewed my expired RN license. It took about 6 weeks to get my RN license renewed after letting it lapse last February. Cost was $111 and I did not have to take the boards again. Just thought I'd pass that along in case that information is helpful to someone else here in WI. I quit nursing back in April '09 from pure burnout while working in a very intensive ICU. I was not happy that I had to quit after 12 years, but was happy that I did because it was affecting my health. After a failed attempt at another profession (photography) and being unable to find any other work that I can live on, it looks like I'm going back. Not to the same unit, but hopefully with a fresh outlook I'll find something I like again! Curtis Ambulance here has a 3 hour BLS renewal just about any day of the week for just $55 so that looks like the best way to go. It will be nice getting a steady paycheck again, just hope I can endure the work I'll have to go through to get it!
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  3. by   Agent T
    Hard work pays off, congrats!

    Way to look out for others, also.
  4. by   Laura Barnes,BSN,RN
    How does one get on the inactive list if not sure when one will again practice nursing? I do want to be sure I can again get licensed.
  5. by   Biffbradford
    I don't think there is an inactive list. You can always renew and not practice. I believe, that here in Wisconsin, you have 18 months to renew before you need to retake the state board exam again. That would suck! As an update, I got hired in chronic dialysis, but it just wasn't for me. The training was good, the work wasn't difficult at all, and I suppose that I could have endured it, but it seemed to me that the company was having too many business struggles (not financial) and I didn't want to get pulled into all that. Too many red flags were being thrown up, and I had a gut feeling that it wasn't going to go well. I could go back into the hospital arena, but my heart isn't into that either. My negative memories far out weigh the positives. So, we'll see. Maybe I could help do colonoscopies for 12 hours a day? Oh joy. I drove by Wheaton in Franklin one evening and I swear there were more cars by the restaurant across the road, than there were in the hospital parking lot. That can't be a good sign.
    Last edit by Biffbradford on May 12, '11
  6. by   Laura Barnes,BSN,RN
    Thanks for the advice. I quite working in dialysis in 2007. Have kept up my license just in case I ever want to get involved again in nursing. I did some contract nursing for awhile, but it didn't keep me very busy and of course then not much money. I can't say what I really like about the profession anymore. My love was dialysis, inpt. and outpt., but too many politics involved. The younger generation of nurses is another matter altogether.
    I would not want to retake state boards again so I guess I will continue to renew my license whenever it comes due. Hope I can continue doing this without working. Have you any knowledge about not working and still being able to renew every two years?
  7. by   Biffbradford
    As far as I know, there aren't any continuing education requirements or anything like that. Give them your money and they renew your license.
  8. by   RN In FL
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    As far as I know, there aren't any continuing education requirements or anything like that. Give them your money and they renew your license.
    Well good going girls. I was paying and renewing too, until I slipped thru the cracks. I took a LOA from the work field in 2004. I let my GA license lapse. I was 1 day late past renewal. Well i figured i would just pay a late fee and keep on trucking. OH NO...., they wanted proof from my "employer"...and because I had not worked in 5 yrs....I now have to take a refresher course, which is 16 wks, and cost like 800.00 .... Thats in GA. TO GET THEM BACK. I LIVE IN FL NOW. The kicker is too. I was orginally licensed in FL...which I let those license expire, because I moved to GA....much money to keep them both (sigh). Can you imagine what I am going thru now to get both???? I feel so violated, because I WANT TO WORK AGAIN!!!!!!!