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After finishing an RN refresher course, should I be able to get a job if most employers require a minimum of one year of acute care experience?

Tuesday August 25, 2009
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Question:

Dear Donna,

After finishing an RN refresher course, should I be able to get a job if most employers require a minimum of one year of acute care experience?

Susan



Dear Donna replies:

Dear Susan,

I presume you have prior experience in nursing and took the refresher course because of an absence from the bedside. Employers who are looking for a minimum of one year of experience usually don’t want a new graduate. If you are an experienced nurse who recently has taken a refresher course, you should be good to go. Employers vary in their hiring practices and requirements, so be sure to contact any and all in your area. Read “Re-entering the Workforce” at www.dcardillo.com/articles/reenterwork.html.

Best wishes,
Donna




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.