If there is a chapter of the National Federation of LPNs (www.nflpn.org) in your state, attend local meetings. This is a good way to reconnect to the nursing profession and get up to date with trends and issues. Attend local chapter meetings of the American Nurses Association (www.nursingworld.org) as a guest.
If you intend to seek a position in a nursing home, assisted living facility, hospice or something similar, you may want to look into an LPN refresher course. Although these positions can be few and far between. Check with your state chapters of the NFLPN and ANA to see if there are any in your area. You don’t necessarily need a refresher course if you’re going to work in an outpatient setting.
Contact all of your friends, family members, neighbors and other healthcare colleagues and let them know you are looking to get back into nursing. Ask for referrals, recommendations, introductions and leads. Everything happens through networking.
Start attending nursing and healthcare career fairs. These events are a great venue to meet many employers under one roof, gather a lot of information, make great contacts and hone your networking and self-marketing skills. See what’s coming up at www.Nurse.com/Events/Career-Fairs/. Read “How to get the most out of attending a career fair” (Nurse.com/Cardillo/Careerfair).
Transitioning back is a process, so be patient. Start putting one foot in front of the other and you’ll eventually get to where you want to be.