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

Med-Surg or Specialty??

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, MED SURG OR SPECIALTY? I have a few different residency job offers, two for Med Surg and one for ER. I love the ER and that is where I want... 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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Is this a possible case of age discrimination?

Is this a possible case of age discrimination?

by Nurse Beth - I had my instructor review my resume and give me some tips, but I still had no interviews. Two months later, I had an interview with a medical practice for an... 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 →

DNP vs Masters

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I recently started an FNP program. My career goal is to work primary care in a rural setting. I was accepted to the DNP program, but I can choose... Read More →

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I want interactions with patients but not bedside : Suggestions?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been in nursing for 32 years , LPN to ADN now BSN for 8 years . I have worked in various settings . I am a Team lead Case manager for an... Read More →

Missing out on family time - Looking for work outside the hospital

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I know you get a lot of questions so I hope you can help me. I am an RN with a ASN I have 3 daughters and I am currently working full time on a... Read More →

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PhD vs DNP

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am currently a Clinical Learning Coordinator where I work, so I basically do nurse orientation and help with those types of things. I am not... Read More →

ADN vs BSN : Is getting an ADN a waste of time?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am starting my nursing pre-reqs starting soon for an ADN program. I just turned 30 this year and this has been a long time coming! However, I... Read More →

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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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Looking for Oil Rig Companies that Hire Nurses

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Oil companies retain nurses on their off shore rigs, in the Gulf of Mexico for example. I'm trying to find the companies which hire such nurses... Read More →

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Going back to Nursing School - Fearful of failing again

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am considering going back to school to become an RN. I went into nursing school right out of high school, but I don't think I was as prepared... Read More →

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Limited as an LPN

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, So I just finished nursing school (LPN Program) back in September. I took my NCLEX in October and passed. Ultimately I want to be a Neonatal... Read More →

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Overwhelmed International Nurse - Preceptor is Condescending

Overwhelmed International Nurse - Preceptor is Condescending

by Nurse Beth - The preceptor that I am assigned to is helpful in some regards but she has a very condescending tone when speaking to me if I am getting overwhelmed with tasks she... Read More →

New Grad in Critical Care - Patient Ratio too High to Provide Safe Care

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I graduated May 2015 with my BSN. I did my preceptorship in a local ICU. When I graduated I accepted a job in the MICU/SICU at another location.... Read More →

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Age Discrimination in Nursing

Age Discrimination in Nursing

by Nurse Beth - 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... Read More →

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New Nurse Needs Time Management Tips

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been a nurse for 8 months, and I need some tips on time management. With my patients' level of acuity, the constantly ringing phone, and... Read More →

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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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What's the difference between completing a MSN-FNP program and getting certification

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, What is the difference in the FNP program and getting an MSN and certificate? I have a BSN and would like to become a family nurse practitioner. ... Read More →

Uncomfortable Answering Interview Questions

Uncomfortable Answering Interview Questions

by Nurse Beth - What do you believe are your strength and your weaknesses. What interests you most in our organization statement? What can you tell us about an organization?... Read More →

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Nursing Student: Can a Person with a Trach Work in the Hospital?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I recently found out that I would need a permanent tracheostomy. I have one more semester left of nursing school (rn) before I graduate, but... Read More →

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I Want to Work Remotely

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I was hoping to get your opinion/explanation on Clinical Informatics, Clinical Document Specialist, and any other pertinent position. I just... Read More →

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