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!

Fleeing the Bedside

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have worked on a medical floor for 14 months. Started there as new grad. Acuity levels are through the roof with 7 pt./ nurse ratio. The... Read More →

Failed Nursing Program on Last Day

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, My situation is a little weird. I was a nursing student who failed a final exam on the last day on school in my final semester. Due to my not... Read More →

How to Work and Win With Application Tracking Software (ATS)

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, How does one follow up, reiterate interest in an application with an HR Dept outgoing message to view their website for details on your... Read More →

Last comment by sunny time

Two Job Offers-How To Pick

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am in a dilemma and was hoping you can help guide me. I just graduated with my BSN and received my RN license. I did some job searching and... Read More →

Last comment by trufflelilyRN

Patient Nurse Ratios 7:1

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have a difficult situation and need advice. I am seeking a new job. I am a nurse working at a hospital that is overburdened, short staffed,... Read More →

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Should I become a CNM or Air Force CNM?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, So, I'm debating whether to become a CNM or Air Force CNM. I was wondering is it worth it, financially, mentally, physically to become a CNM? ... 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 →

Last comment by ERnurse71

Is 46 Too Old for Nursing School?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been reading your advice you have given to hundreds of aspiring nurses/current nurses etc. I admire you for the love and dedication you... Read More →

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No Time For Real Nursing

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a seasoned nurse LPN to RN (30+yrs), with the majority focused on EoL Care (HOSPICE) and Geriatric Nursing. At this season in my career,... Read More →

Burn out...or Panic Attack?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I would like to start out by saying that I have been an LPN for 5 years now. Since the moment I stepped foot into long-term care I have felt at... Read More →

Colleagues Waiting for me to Fail and Quit

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I started my first nursing position three months ago. I am working in a small 6 bed ED.At first, I was very excited about my new position. It... Read More →

Last comment by sunny time

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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How to Get Hired When I Graduate

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, How are you doing? I am a second year nursing Student studying at a University in Australia. I was wondering, apart from my studies what else... Read More →

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My Family Thinks I'm Crazy

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I want to just let you know how much I appreciate your insights and dedication to this forum. I am really struggling with making a decision... Read More →

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 →

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Confused High School Student

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a confused junior in high school. I have always had a desire to do nursing. I really want to go into helping cancer patients. I have... Read More →

Wants to be an LPN at 69, but School Costs 27,000

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, I will be 69 years old next month, and I'm considering going to school and get an LPN certificate. I want to do international volunteering and... Read More →

Last comment by sunny time

RN Wants to Train Nursing Assistants

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I need to know if I need a certification to train HHA? I am a RN, CLNC,CNA instructor, CPR Instructor. Dear Wants to Train Home Health... 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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New Grad Wants to Leave 2nd Job in 8 Months

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Sometimes I feel as though I'm making a bigger deal out of this than I should, so I'll start from the beginning... I'm a fairly recent RN... Read More →

Last comment by sunny time

DON Refuses to Give Performance Feedback

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I obtained my nursing license in June 2016 at the age of 55 and started working at a skilled nursing unit two days later. I've worked now for... Read More →

Last comment by middleagednurse

Two Job Offers, Which to Take?

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, I am a 20+ year old nurse with less than a year experience. Just until 2+ weeks ago, I basically applied everywhere, even outside my state. So... Read More →


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