Out of work for last 2 years and want to go back...

Holly - posted on 11/11/2008 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have been out of work for the last 2 years staying at home with my son and am starting to get that itch to go back. I'm now in a new state and to be honest a little scared to go back. I only got about 2 years of experience in before I left work, so I feel like I don't really have a skills set that I can go into a new job with. Does anyone have any advice about getting back into the hospital and maybe what area...I worked on a oncology/transplant/med-surg floor before I left. thank you so much!

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Tammy - posted on 03/20/2009

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They have refresher courses for nurses who have been out of practice.  It might help build your confidence.  Also if you go back to the area you were before you will be building on what you already know.  You could go to do some continuing education, like medical conferences about your area of interest, then you will get up to date on the latest.  If you get back into the field and are looking for a fresh start, you could do outpatient more like central pre-testing or the pre-op area (or ambulatory surgery) where you do not need to be so technical and the patients are not terminally ill.   You might like occupational health.  If you prefer hospital based nursing, Med-surg is always good.  Medical because that is foundational and surgical because it is not so demanding with chronically ill patients (the surgical patients will go home) and it will get you back into some technical nursing (post-op vitals, pain meds, surgical care plan flow sheets, IVs etc.)  Just some ideas in case you still are looking for feedback.

Robin - posted on 11/11/2008

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Assuming you are in the US, I would so highly recommend your considering the VA system. The benefits are incredible. I've been in the system for over a year now, and wish all of my seventeen years since nursing school had been spent there. It's a lot of red tape to get hired, but so worth it. I know it is so hard to go back to work when you have those precious babies at home. But if you're going to take the plunge, go for the incredible benefits, pay, and tons of time off...five paid weeks a year...plus oodles of holidays. For example, I had today off with pay because it was Veteran's day, a federal holiday. And I find working with our veterans so rewarding. Serving those who served us. What higher a calling can there be? I love it. But I still say if there's any way to stay home with that baby, stay home. Boy am I ever on the fence. I am no help at all!! I had to go back...my husband lost his job. But it's all good. Go VA!!!

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