Nursing Refersher Courses Can Help You Return to Work
If you've taken a long break from nursing, a refresher course can get you up-to-date and ready to return to work.
You always intended to go back to work – but as the months or years passed, you began feeling nervous about putting on your scrubs again and providing care for a patient. Whether you took an extended maternity leave, you've been caring for a sick parent, or you just wanted to try out a new professional direction, your nursing career is still waiting for you. You just need to brush up on your knowledge and skills with a quick refresher course.
Finding the Right Program for You
Most nurses can find a myriad of programs available to them. Some may be offered at local hospitals that need new nurses due to the nursing shortage. Local colleges may also host refresher courses. Some programs are even given online. You'll need to determine which option best meets your needs. Some questions to consider include:
■ How important is a hands-on approach to you?
■ How much time do you have available for the course? What is your availability?
■ How much can you afford to spend on the program? Are there employers willing to cover the cost for you?
■ How much review do you need? How long would the ideal program last?
Getting the Most out of Your Program
Once you're enrolled, it's time to get serious. Don't squander this opportunity to ease your nerves and prepare yourself for your first day back on the job. Pay close attention to the instruction, take well-organized notes, and don't be afraid to ask questions!