March is a month away and I got a notice in the mail that it’s time to renew my nursing license. Here, in Wisconsin, we have to renew them every 2 years in order to maintain the license. It costs, roughly, sixty-five bucks to renew every two years – – there’s no continuing education requirements to be met…. just money (of course). I think in other states, nurses have to meet a certain amount of hours of continuing education in order to maintain their licensure… here in Wisconsin – good ol’ cold hard green cash will do.
I graduated nursing school in 1994 and worked full-time(+) for 10 years – I haven’t practiced nursing now since 2004. That is when I quit my full-time nursing career and started down the path of self-employment with my design business at E.Webscapes and hosting business at Blogs About. It will be 4 years in October since I’ve done any kind of professional nursing, whatsoever. On my very last day of work, I remember my boss asked me if I’d ever be back? I replied, “When I start to miss this, seriously miss this, I’ll come back.” At the time, she gave me 6 months – – – I should have laid money on that bet.
It will be 4 years this August and I haven’t begun to seriously miss it yet. I do get that little twinge now and again – – but it goes away. I will renew my license this March, again. And for another 2 years, I’ll maintain my license to practice nursing in the state of Wisconsin. I do it as a fallback measure…or as Chris Rock would call it.. my ‘in case shit’ insurance. It’s something I can always fall back on in case the self-employment thing blows up on me.
Of course, I think I would need a nursing refresher course by then. It scares me just a little bit that I can be hired on as a Registered Nurse just because I’ve paid the right amount of dollars on the right date every two years, despite any practical professional experience for the past 4 years. I am not required to take a refresher course at all… I could get hired even after 10 years of non-practice. I do think the State of Wisconsin should require at least some type of continuing education in order to keep up the license.
But, for now, it’s my sixty-some dollars that I’ll send into the State License and Registration Department to keep my status active for the next two years, and will face this decision again in 2010.