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My RN license expired a decade ago. How do I reactivate it and make myself marketable again?

Tuesday May 19, 2009
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Dear Donna,

I let my RN license go inactive and then expire about 10 years ago. How do I go about reactivating it? I haven’t worked in the field in more than two decades. What is the best route to take to become marketable again? My original license was issued in the state of Maryland, and I obtained reciprocity in Florida in the early 1980s.


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Sheryl,

You will have to contact the Maryland State Nurses Association by phone to inquire about reactivation. In the meantime, I suggest that you start volunteering somewhere medical now to ease your way back into the healthcare workforce. Consider your local public health department, the American Red Cross, etc. Read “Reentering the Workforce” at www.dcardillo.com/articles/reenterwork.html and “The Value of Volunteering” at www.dcardillo.com/articles/volunteer.html.

As soon as you get your license reinstated, join and get active in your state nurses association and start getting out to local meetings. Networking is well-known to be a great way to find and get a job, especially when you have obstacles to overcome. Re-entry to nursing is possible, but it is a process, so be patient with the process. If you are determined to do this, you will find a way to make it happen.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/asktheexperts/deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.