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. Nurses often gravitate to Beth to ask for advice and insight. To learn more about Nurse Beth, visit About Beth Hawkes MSN, RN-BC, HACP

New Grad With Baby on the Way - Should I work nights?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I will be graduating from nursing school in a few weeks and am expecting my first child i My husband is attending medical school and is not home... Read More →

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51 Year Old Experienced Nurse - Am I too old to obtain my BSN?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a 51 year old nurse with most of my experience at a large level trauma 1 in med-surg telemetry. I am thinking about returning to school... Read More →

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Working Toward CNM - Will Job-Hopping Make Me Look Unreliable?

Working Toward CNM - Will Job-Hopping Make Me Look Unreliable?

by Nurse Beth - Let me fill you in on my background: I graduated with my ADN in 2014, worked on an adult cardiac/tele floor for 8 mos or so (I knew I wouldn't stay, just took... Read More →

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

by Nurse Beth - 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... Read More →

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Well-seasoned Diploma/AD RN -Want to relocate but can't secure a job.

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a diploma/AD RN with 35+ years of experience, predominantly in the field of home health nursing and psychiatry. Most of my recent... Read More →

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RMA Wants to Become LPN : Afraid of Failure

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a RMA but I wanted to go back to school to become an LPN. My question is begin that I tried the program twice already I am afraid of failing... Read More →

50 Yr Old Experienced RN; Should I go back to school for my BSN or MSN?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Trying to decide if I should go back to school to earn my bachelors or Masters. I am 50 years old and I have been an RN for 10 years. Previous to... Read More →

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Will gaining acute care experience make me a better candidate for NP-MPH school?

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, I am hoping to get advice as to what NP-MPH programs look for on a resume/what experience would be best before entering this program. I... Read More →

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New Nurse - Losing motivation for nursing

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a new nurse. I have been working in long term care since I graduated and although it's been a great experience, I'm still having trouble... Read More →

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Did I Make the Right or Wrong Decision?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am graduating in the next month with my ADN and am super excited about it! During my entire nursing education I have wanted to be an OR nurse,... Read More →

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42 Years Old - Is it too late to become a nurse?

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, I am a 42 year old wife and mother of 3 children 9, 4, and 3 still at home and considering a career change. I have had a life changing experience... Read More →

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What's the Best Path to CRNA?

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, I am interested in becoming a Nurse Anesthetist and have come to ask you the best way to achieve this. Quick background: I graduated with... Read More →

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How to Handle a Bully as a Supervisor

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, My boss is hiring back an LPN in my LTC setting. I will be her supervisor. She has a history of bullying, not teaming up with other nurses,... Read More →

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New Grad Seeking Job - Union or Non-Union?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a new grad. I have recently interviewed for a position that is nonunion. This is my dream field of nursing and if offered a position I... Read More →

Why do LPNs only make $40K per year?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am considering a career change to nursing. I'm thinking of entering into the LPN program because once I'm accepted I only have to be out of... Read More →

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Is it OK to include a photo with resume or CV?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have this one question , is it okay for one to include his or her photo in the resume or curriculum Vitae Dear Resume Photo, Good... Read More →

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New RN - Should I take an unappealing Med-Surg offer?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a recently-licensed RN looking for some career advice and guidance. This summer, after graduating nursing school, I have been working at an... Read More →

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RN With 27 Years Experience - Can't find permanent employment

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am an experienced RN with 27 years of multiple specialties behind me from trauma ICU, ER, psych etc. I went from ER to a clinic position... Read More →

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Military Spouse - Confused about what path to take to become RN

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am 24, a military spouse, and I am starting school late. I am interested in becoming an RN, specifically in women's health and my dream job is... Read More →

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Confused and Stressed - What should I do next?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been in nursing for 25 years also. I have my BSN and have been contemplating what to do next for some time. Most recently I am working... Read More →

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Changing Careers - Confused about TEAS

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, I have been out of school for a while and am returning with the intent to aspire bachelors in nursing... I have an associates in biology, and... Read More →

62 Years Old - How do I get started in private duty nursing?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I a 62 years old and have been RN for 18 years. Am interested in doing private duty caregiving/companionship/sitting. No heavy duty nursing. How... Read More →

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