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 Wants to Travel

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Are there any jobs that will allow me to travel (in or out of the states) as a new grad? I graduate in April with my BSN and would love to find... 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 →

Medical Assistant - I want to be a nurse

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am wondering. I am almost finishing a program for Medical Assistant because I want to become a paramedic and then be a nurse in the... 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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Stressed Out! - Should I stay and tough it out?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I recently changed jobs from a stepdown unit at one hospital to a cardiac ICU at another. I made the switch wanting to learn new things and... Read More →

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I'm Stuck - Need to Make a Quick Decision

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, So I am kind of stuck and don't know how to navigate myself out!. I have been in School for my RN to BSN since Aug 2015. This program is fairly... 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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Nursing Student does not like PCT job

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am currently a level 3 nursing student. I work prn nights as a PCT at a local hospital. I always dread going to work on the nights I'm... Read More →

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Oncology nurse but my heart is not in it.

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I've been working on a oncology floor for about 8 months. I've discovered at this time, emotionally it is not a good fit for me so I am looking... Read More →

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I Want to Make a Difference in My Patients' Lives

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been an RN for a little over a year. I worked on a med/surg oncology unit and I loved working with oncology patients, but I hated the... Read More →

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Newer RN - How do I get an OR job without experience in that area??

by Nurse Beth - HI Nurse Beth, I'm a newer RN, just under 2 years experience. Over a year of that was on a 'Major Surgery' unit that specialized in taking care of post op... Read More →

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RN with limited bedside experience - Having trouble getting in FNP program

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Career decisions I worked for a FQHC Practice for 11yrs. 8yrs as a CMA, 3yrs as a RN. I obtained my ADN because I was functioning too similar... Read More →

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Will I Be Able to Find a Teaching Job at 63?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I have been a psychiatric RN for about 40 years and recently earned a BSN. I am 61 years old. I am very interested in teaching and would like to... Read More →

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Second-Career 50-ish RN working LTAC - Anxious about searching for new job

Second-Career 50-ish RN working LTAC - Anxious about searching for new job

by Nurse Beth - I was a leader in my class. My precepting RNs liked me but I did not click with HR. I got a few interviews but all the prestigious new grad jobs went to my young... Read More →

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58 years old - Am I too old to start nursing school??

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have no way of knowing if some nursing schools are more difficult than others, but I am undecided as to whether I should proceed. Let me... Read More →

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Got Fired - Need help writing resume

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am new here and I need help. I am in very difficult situation. My nurse residency program is discontinued ( I got fired yesterday). No... Read More →

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Thinking about Relocating : need advice to make the relocation easier

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I'm an RN of 4.5yrs and live in MI. I've always worked for the same facility which is a 300 bed hospital. I've done medsurg/tele and L&D both of... Read More →

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37 year old procrastinator - Considering a nursing career

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a 37yr old procrastinator, who is full of regrets and is wondering if it's too late to start nursing school. I beg of you to bear with me... Read More →

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Newer unemployed nurse wanting NICU job

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I graduated nursing school in December 2015. I took my boards in February and received my Nursing license in March. It has been 9 months since... Read More →

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Recently Laid Off - Is Nursing for Me?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I was recently laid off in the oilfield and I am considering a career change. I currently hold a BBA in General Business. I was looking at nursing... Read More →

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Tired of Professor Playing Favorites

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am pleased to be a part of the site. I am a new student nurse currently in training for my Associate's degree in Nursing Science. I have found... Read More →

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Am I Making a Horrendous Mistake Choosing Nursing?

by Nurse Beth - HI Nurse Beth, I'm wondering if I'm making a horrendous mistake by choosing nursing. It's not something I've always wanted to do. I'm a career changer... Read More →

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