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Nursing Re-entry Program

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RN/LPN NURSING RE-ENTRY PROGRAM 

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), with the support of the Georgia Board of Nursing (GBON), has developed two pathways to reenter the high-demand field of nursing in the state of Georgia: 
  1. A Registered Nurses (RNs) Re-entry Program, and  

  2. A Practical Nurses (PNs) Re-entry Program 

Both the RN and LPN re-entry programs, approved by the GBON, provide the individualized combination of 40 hours of independent online study (delivered via Blackboard) and 160 hours of clinical study required by the Board for reinstatement of licensure as a registered professional nurse. 
 
These nurse re-entry programs are designed for those nurses who are presently ineligible for reinstatement of their license because the license has lapsed or has been inactive. Nurses who have active licenses returning to direct patient care who have not worked in the clinical area for some time may also benefit from this program. 
 

For more information about reinstatement of a Georgia RN or LPN license, please visit the Georgia Board of Nursing website and reference the below secions on this page.

You may also contact CPTC Continuing Education for assistance after visiting the Georgia Board of Nursing website. Please note that CPTC has a RN Re-entry Coordinator but does not have a LPN Re-entry Coordinator at this time. Please still contact us about either option: communityed@coastalpines.edu.

REGISTRATION FEE: $1,500

WHO DOES THIS APPLY TO? 

  • RNs and LPNs who have an active GA nursing license but have not practiced nursing for four or more years and want to refresh their knowledge base and nursing skills in preparation to reenter the nursing profession in a clinical setting. 

  • RNs and LPNs who want to reinstate their GA nursing license by completing a required Board-approved re-entry/refresher program. 

  • RNs and LPNs who have an active nursing license in another state but need to complete a required Board approved reentry/refresher program to apply for a GA nursing license. 

REQUIREMENTS 

The 40 hours of study relevant to nursing must be completed before beginning the 160 hours of supervised clinical study. Upon completion of the 160 hours of clinical study, verification of this will be sent to the Board to support the reinstatement of RN or LPN licensure. Before the clinical time begins, the applicant must provide the following information to the Re-entry Coordinator: 

  • A physical examination within the past six months indicating a good state of health. 

  • Documentation of a 2-step TB skin test unless documentation is provided of annual TB skin testing or documentation of a negative Quantiferon or TSpot test. If past history of positive TB skin test, then a chest x-ray within the past 12 months (some facilities may require 6 months) with results within normal limits is required. 

  • MMR -Two doses or documentation of positive Measles, Mumps and Rubella titers. 

  • Documentation of Tdap within the last 10 years.  Td alone is not sufficient. 

  • Varicella Vaccination two doses, or documented history of Chicken Pox disease or Varicella titer. 

  • Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers. 

  • Active malpractice liability insurance ($1,000,000 each incident, $4,000,000 aggregate). 

  • Active accidental health insurance (medical coverage). 

  • Complete the Hepatitis B Series or show proof of immunity. 

  • May be other requirements based on the institution’s policies and procedures. 

NURSING RE-ENTRY PROGRAM Q&A

  1. How many parts are there to the Reentry Program and how long does each take?

    • There are 2 parts

      • 1) Part one is didactic (self-study). You are given 4 weeks from the date that it is issued to complete.

      • 2) Part two is the clinical portion. This portion consists of a minimum of 160 hours of supervised clinical practice. The length of time varies but is usually around 1-3 months.

  2. What will I need to do to enroll in your Reentry Program?

    • Download an application form the Georgia Board of Nursing web site, then complete and return the application for licensure to the GBON and state that you want to enroll in the Coastal Pines Technical College board-approved Nurse Re-entry Program. If your name has changed, include a copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order.

  3. Who completes Form A, B and C for the Board of Nursing?

    • Coastal Pines Technical College, after you send in the application to the state.

  4. Prior to meeting with the Coastal Pines Technical College nurse re-entry coordinator, what do I need to do?

    • A physical examination within the past six months indicating a good state of health.

    • Documentation of a 2-step TB skin test unless documentation is provided of annual TB skin testing or documentation of a negative Quantiferon or TSpot test. If past history of positive TB skin test, then a chest x-ray within the past 12 months (some facilities may require 6 months) with results within normal limits is required.

    • MMR -Two doses or documentation of positive Measles, Mumps and Rubella titers.

    • Documentation of Tdap within the last 10 years.  Td alone is not sufficient.

    • Varicella Vaccination two doses, or documented history of Chicken Pox disease or Varicella titer.

    • Documentation of polio immunization or titer.

    • Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers.

    • Active malpractice liability insurance ($1,000,000 each incident, $4,000,000 aggregate).

    • Complete the Hepatitis B Series or show proof of immunity.

    • Active accidental health insurance (medical coverage)

    • May be other requirements based on the institution’s policies and procedures.

  5. How long will the entire reentry program take?

    • It takes anywhere between 2 to 4 months. The entire program must be completed in 6 months.

  6. How often will I meet with the Coordinator?

    • You will meet approximately three times. You will meet to be issued the self-study modules. You will meet again to receive the clinical packet before you start your clinical study. And you will meet at the completion of the clinical time. The coordinator may also communicate with you via phone and email.

  7. How does the self-study portion work?

    • You will buy and receive an approved by the GBON through our SOWEGA AHEC, Nurse Reentry Self Study notebook that you will use to complete your didactic self-study. You will want to do further reading and updates in each section. The notebook consists of 28 sections and at the end of each section you will find a test to complete. You may submit these via email to the reentry coordinator for grading as pretests. After completing all sections, a Final Exam is given; proctored by the nurse reentry coordinator. Once you have completed all 28 tests, the coordinator will grade them. You must pass with a minimum score of 80% on each section or module. If you do not pass a module, you can restudy and retake the test. There is no penalty. We are trying to ensure that you have regained basic knowledge in each of the 28 areas.

  8. What is the cost for the entire program?

    • $1,500

  9. Are there any other costs associated with the program?

    • You will have to pay for your immunizations, physical exam, malpractice, CPR training, background check, and the Board of Nursing application fee. Additional fees may be assessed based on the policies and procedures of Coastal Pines Technical College.

  10. I have not practiced in the last four years; do I need a re-entry program?

    • The Board states: “Applicants that cannot document three months or 500 hours of licensed practice as a registered nurse within the last four years immediately preceding the date of application must complete a Board approved reentry program.”

  11. I have not practiced for years; do you think I can do this?

    • Yes. We have been doing this for several years and have had nurses who have been out of nursing for as many as 17 years and they have been successful in completing the program.

  12. What if I do not finish the Reentry Program within the six months in which my temporary license has been issued?

    • You must reapply to the Board of Nursing and start the process over.

  13. Who actually contacts the facility to obtain a preceptor?

    • The CPTC Re-entry Coordinator will work with one of their affiliated healthcare providers to identify a preceptor. 

  14. Do I have to do the 160 hours in a hospital?

    • No, a hospital is not the only acceptable facility to complete your 160 hours of clinical training. Please see the GBON website for approved facilities.

  15. May I have more than one clinical preceptor for my experience?

    • It may be possible but it is a 1:1 ratio in working with a nurse.

  16. What role does the clinical site play?

    • They allow you to attend their hospital orientation (this does not count toward your clinical hours); they identify a qualified RN, who has practiced at least one year, to supervise you; and they allow you to spend 160 hours of supervised time in the hospital in order to help you reenter the work force. You will not get paid during your 160 hours of clinical.

  17. Will I have to have a criminal background check?

    • The GBON requires a criminal background check. Follow their instructions on their website to obtain one. In addition, some institutions require their own background check. We will inform you of how to proceed once the institution has been identified.

  18. Is an institution obligated to let me do the clinicals if something negative shows up in my background check?

    • No.

  19. Who arranges the actual hours I will work during my clinicals?

    • The re-entry candidate and the preceptor work together to make those arrangements. Be sure to document the actual days and hours worked and submit that information to at the end of your clinicals.

  20. Will the facility/hospital require that I work for them once I finish the Re-entry Program?

    • A number of re-entry nurses have been offered jobs upon completion of the program at the facility following their clinical experience. The clinical practice part of the program is an excellent time to learn about employment opportunities at the facility. Some training sites require a work commitment, however, there is no guarantee or obligation by either party.

  21. Are there certain competencies I must demonstrate during the clinical?

    • Yes, you and your Supervising Nurse/preceptor will be given a copy of them. They are typically the skills checklist used at that facility.

  22. Do I have to work 12-hour shifts?

    • Shift hours vary by the facility and the department that you are placed in. It is usually an 8 or 12-hour shift depending upon the shift your preceptor works.

  23. Do I need insurance during my clinical time?

    • Yes, you need both medical liability insurance, health, and an accidental health insurance (medical coverage).

  24. Can I choose which shift and which area I would like to do my clinical?

    • No. The clinical hours and unit are assigned based on the availability at the facility. You may state your preference for shifts/departments but that is not a guarantee that you will be placed on that shift. It would be helpful if you have a resume stating your area of expertise.

  25. Can I do this program if I have a current nursing license?

    • Yes, the program may be done if you have a current license and want a refresher to brush up on your skills and to make you more marketable as an employee.

  26. Can I participate in this program if I am licensed in another state?

    • Yes, first you have to submit an application to the GBON for licensure by endorsement. Once your application has been processed/reviewed, GBON will notify you if a re-entry program is necessary. To avoid processing delays, please be sure to include all required documentation with your application packet.

  27. Does your program have a scheduled start date for sessions?

    • There are no scheduled start times for our program or deadlines for enrollment. The only deadlines are those set by the state due to the expiration date on your application (1 yr) and the expiration of your temporary license (6 mos)  as well as what clinical facilities are available to accept re-entry students.


Telephone numbers are accessible to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing through the Georgia Relay by dialing 711 or 1-800-255-0056 from a TTY/TDD.

Los números de teléfono son accesibles a las personas que son sordos o con pérdida de la audición a través de Georgia Relay marcando 711 o 1-800-255-0056 de TTY/TDD.

Locations

Waycross Camden Baxley
1701 Carswell Ave 100 Keith Dixon Way 1334 Golden Isles Pkwy, W
Waycross, Georgia 31503 Kingsland, GA 31548 Baxley, Georgia 31513
912.287.6584 912.522.4510 912.367.1700
877.332.8682    
  Camden Golden Isles
Alma Cosmetology Program 3700 Glynco Pkwy
101 West 17th St 8001 The Lakes Blvd Brunswick, Georgia 31525
Alma, Georgia 31510 Kingsland, Georgia 31548 912.262.4999
912.632.0951 912.510.3364  
    Jesup
  Hazlehurst 1777 West Cherry St
  677 Douglas Hwy Jesup, Georgia 31545
  Hazlehurst, Georgia 31539 912.427.5800
  912.379.0041  

 

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