Ask Nurse Beth: Career Advice

Submit your career-related questions to Nurse Beth, allnurses.com’s advice columnist. Beth is prepared to address questions pertaining to your career, education, management, policies, and more. Questions are submitted confidentially and are not tied to member account.

Nurse Beth, MSN, RN-BC, HACP, has more than 25 years of experience in clinical and leadership positions. She has a passion for helping nurses, and as a professional writer has written several articles about interviewing, resumes, navigating the job search network, and much more. Beth just published Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job. It's the ultimate guide with insider tips to land your nursing job!

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Is 54 too old to get a doctorate degree?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am 54 years old and wondering if I'm too old to get either a DNP or PhD in nursing. I graduated with my ADN at the age of 40, my BSN at age 50...

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Will I lose my new job because I'm pregnant?

Dear Nurse Beth, I have been a practicing nurse practitioner for 2 years, and worked as a RN for 3 years prior to that. My NP experience has been in primary...

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I Put my Organization at Risk

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a nurse that works in quality Improvement within Dialysis. I made some mistakes and gave too much information that showed some weaknesses in...

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1 RN to 45 patients-should I leave?

Dear Nurse Beth, I wanted to ask for your opinion. I've been a RN for a little over a year. Currently work in healthcare/assisted living at a nursing home. I...

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Can't Decide Between ICU and ED

Dear Nurse Beth, I need to make sure my heads on straight and I'm not missing any aspects of this so I came here. I have finally gone back to school and...

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New Grad Can't Find Niche

Dear Nurse Beth, I am an older (33), second career (BA in English and Criminal Justice, AA in Education) and will graduate from an ADN program in May (woohoo)....

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Wants 12 Hour Shifts But Not Bedside Care

Dear Nurse Beth, I've been an LPN for almost 10 yrs and thinking about getting my RN, but the problem is I've come to the conclusion that I don't like bedside...

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Rejected by 2 RN Residency Programs

Dear Nurse Beth, Looking for some sound advice. I completed my BSN last year and have not started my first RN job yet. Passed my NCLEX 1st attempt in 75 question...

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Nursing Student Asks Should I Do Peds or CRNA?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am currently a senior in nursing school. I will finish in December of this year, hopefully. I have always known pediatrics was where my heart...

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Age Discrimination in Nursing
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Age Discrimination in Nursing

Ageism is pervasive in our society. It's not news to anyone that our society values youth and devalues age. It seems that the worst choice you can make is to grow...

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Is This a Good Plan?

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm putting this out there to get some advice and to hopefully connect with someone who may be thinking along the same lines or in the same...

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Is it a waste of my talent to go into Home Health?

Dear Nurse Beth, I work on a busy cardiac telemetry floor at a large hospital. I love my job most days despite how hectic and stressful it sometimes gets. The...

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Doctor Reported my Mistake to Clinical Instructor

Dear Nurse Beth, I am finishing up my first year in a 3-year graduate nursing program. On my last day of OB-GYN clinical, I made a huge mistake in patient...

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Young & Dumb - Will criminal background prevent me from being a nurse?

Hello Nurse Beth, I am at a pivotal place in my career path. I have recently been accepted into a nursing program. However, I realize now (right before the...

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Went Home Dilaudid in Pocket

Dear Nurse Beth, I accidentally left work with a 0.5 ml vial of Dilaudid. Found it in my scrub pocket on my way home. Immediately notified charge nurse who in...

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57 and Don't Know Where to Turn

Dear Nurse Beth, I most recently finished a 6 month contract in ICU at a local hospital. After being there for only 1 1/2 months, they asked me to extend for...

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Afraid of Select-All-That-Apply (SATA) NCLEX Questions

Dear Nurse Beth, I am not a nurse yet. I am currently in my third year of nursing school, and I am struggling. I was always a good student and get great grades....

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New Grad Loses Job at 3 Months

Dear Nurse Beth, I recently got terminated from my first New Grad Job, after 3 months. I'll spare a lot of details, but I basically didn't get any direction or...

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Set up to fail clinicals

Dear Nurse Beth, I retook my clinical exam and failed for the second time so I had to withdraw from the course. Although somehow I think that the instructions by...

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Resigned and Can't Get a Job

Dear Nurse Beth, I just resigned from my dream hospital. I regret it so much. I feel like when my manger came to talk to me about a prn order and hanging the...

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Hates Nursing School

Dear Nurse Beth, I am 20 years old attending college for an RN-BSN degree. I am in my sophomore year (freshmen year was all prerequisite classes) and just...

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Student Nurse Advised to Slow Down

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a paramedic with years of experience and worked for many years as a medic in an ED. (Scope varied by facility) I also have experience in a...

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