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

Trouble getting a job in a "Good Ole Boy Town"

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Honest & professional non-judgmental feedback please. I served in the military for many years. When I got out all I could get were per diem... Read More →

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Stay-at-home mom terrified of re-entering workforce after mental health episode

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I'm terrified at re entering the workforce not only after three years of being a stay at home mom but just recently recovering from a months... 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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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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New to Night Shift - How will I survive??

New to Night Shift - How will I survive??

by Nurse Beth - Dear Going to Nights, Congratulations on landing your first nursing job! So exciting and I hope you love it. Night Shift is Different... and it Takes Time ... Read More →

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Soon-to-be New Grad : I Don't Want to Settle for Med-Surg

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am a nursing student getting ready to graduate soon with my BSN. I have been an LPN for 6 years. I am starting to apply for GN residency/job... Read More →

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How is the job market for Psych NPs?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I will be graduating with my MSN in Admin this May. I chose that route because my school only offers Admin, Ed or FNP. I really don't desire to... Read More →

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Filipino Enrolled Nurse Wants to Become Staff Nurse in Another Country

by Nurse Beth - Good day Nurse Beth, I am a Filipino nurse who is working as an Enrolled nurse here in Singapore for 3 years and 5 months now (2012-present). Before I became an... Read More →

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Diploma Nurse Moving to the States

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am currently doing my diploma of nursing, currently going moving states so applying for uni. Without completing my diploma. Is there a point... Read More →

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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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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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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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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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When is the Right Time to Leave First Job - Should I Stay or Should I Go?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have worked in a specialized adult ICU for a little over a year. I do not enjoy my job and desire for a career change. I feel that the PICU... Read More →

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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 →

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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16 Years Old : Want to be the first in my Family to Go to College

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a 16 year old and am thinking about doing a degree in nursing. I am about to oversee a nurse in their field soon, but i think nursing is for... Read More →

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Moving into New Nursing Field - Won't Pay Me for My Expertise

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am trying to change my career from field nurse specializing in wounds/ostomy to long term care facility or temporary. I love what I do am... 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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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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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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