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!

Observant Jew Cannot Work Saturday Shifts

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a nurse with 4 years experience. I am also an observant Jew hence I observe the Sabbath. At my current job, I work every Sunday instead of... Read More →

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New Manager Under Fire

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am an Assistant Nurse Manager (ANM) on a medsurg unit (glorified charge nurse). I've been told I don't give people enough time to hold... Read More →

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Mandated to Work Surgery With 1 Day Orientation

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I work on anoutpt site for a large hospital system. It's a ASC site doing minor outpatient surgery. We have been given a mandate by our manager... Read More →

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OK for New Grad to Hospital Jump?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have a dilemma and I am unsure of what to do. I accepted a new grad ICU job at a hospital, but they aren't fully functioning as they still... Read More →

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Wants to Work From Home

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am an RN with 9 years of experience in a small rural hospital (ER, OB, MedSurg experience). I love being a nurse, but am finding the schedule... Read More →

Blindsided by Manager

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Problem with Nurse Manager: RecentlyI had my annual review. My manager had another manager sit in on the review. The other manager was a... Read More →

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Accepted to 2 Nursing Programs: Help me decide which is the best option

Accepted to 2 Nursing Programs: Help me decide which is the best option

by Nurse Beth - Now my actual question: Given the saturated market in which I live, and the fact that getting a New Grad residency program is basically a 1 in 100,000 chance...... Read More →

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Working as a Vet Tech is Like Working as a Nurse

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I graduated with an ASN in 2015 and enrolled ina RN to BSN program after I passed the NCLEX. This was a career change for me for I worked as... Read More →

Terminated After Two Months!!

Terminated After Two Months!!

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Their training program was about 3 months, but I didn't think it was long enough for me. On my first month on my own, I was incredibly stressed... Read More →

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Hurt my Back, Now What?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I ama RGN for over 2 years. I am currently doing agency for the last year and a half. I really am looking to branch out of the hospital setting.... Read More →

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Should I be a CNA first, before RN?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am currently pursuing a career in nursing. My goal for right now is to earn my bsn at a Cal State or university. I am located in southern... Read More →

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Shattered Dream: Failed 3rd Semester

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am 59y/o and recently got my life dream shattered. I was in my 3rd semester of a 2yr ADN program and didn't make it. I was the oldest in... Read More →

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Choose my Baby or my Career?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been an RN for almost 12 years, with exclusive pediatric experience (mostly ICU). This past year I had my first child, after many years... Read More →

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Is this Workplace Nepotism and Retaliation?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I recently sent an email to my floor director and charge nurses concerning finding dry brown urine rings under the incontinence pads. I was told... Read More →

Regret my Underage DUIs- Can I Take the NCLEX?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I applied for my LPN License to sit for the NCLEX test. I received a notice from the Ohio board requesting and order to take mental health... Read More →

No Experience but Can't Get into Residency Program

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Good evening, I graduated from an ADN Program in May of 2016 and I passed my boards October 2016. During that time I was still working asa LVN,... Read More →

Failed First Semester..What Should I Do?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I work as a CNA. I just failed my first semester ADN-RN by 3 percent. My instructor told me that I am great at hands-on but when it comes to... Read More →

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Taking Job Hopping to a New Level

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I think I have taken job hopping to a new level. I am an RN of 27 years who has had ten jobs in the past eight years, some for as briefly as a... Read More →

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Trick Interview Question

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, To prospective employers, I agree when you suggest saying nothing negative about our current situation, however new interviewing has changed the... Read More →

Fired and Embarrassed

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I recently lost my job. I was given a written warning that I refused to sign, then failed my EKG test that over a hundred other nurses... Read More →

Devastated and Depressed

Devastated and Depressed

by Nurse Beth - I graduated from nursing school in December of 2013 with honors (magna cum laude, 3.91 GPA, Sigma Theta Tau - the whole works). Unfortunately, like many new grads,... Read More →

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Nursing Instructor Pay

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I recently completed my BSN and am now wanting a better career with a better schedule. I am debating whether to return for my MSN in nursing... Read More →

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