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!

Observant Jew Cannot Work Saturday Shifts

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a nurse with 4 years experience. I am also an observant Jew hence I observe the Sabbath. At my current job, I work every Sunday instead of... Read More →

Last comment by amoLucia

Placed on Performance Improvement Plan and Angry

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been advised I am being placed on a PIP. I am very angry and feel it is unnecessary. I want to seek legal counsel and direct my issues... Read More →

Last comment by Oldmahubbard

I Don't Have Leprosy- Why Can't I Get a Job?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I can't find a nursing job. I have been a nurse since 1983. I have applied to over 200 hundred jobs since 2013 when I got my Masters degree. I... Read More →

Last comment by Knotanoonurse

ED Nurse is Embarrassed, Disheartened and Unemployed

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, So embarrassed and disheartened. I was fired from my last staff position. I had an elderly patient whose wife gave him too much laxative. He... Read More →

Old and Ready to Give Up

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am in my fifties. I have been a nurse for 30+ years. For 15 years, I had a job I loved with co-workers, I loved. I left six years ago. My... Read More →

Last comment by FullGlass

What Happened to LPNs/LVNs in Hospitals?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I've had trouble finding the answers to the subject of LPN's being eliminated from working post partum. When did that change, and what was the... Read More →

Last comment by bugya90

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 →

Last comment by Maryyyrp

Covered Up a Narcotic Med Error

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, The other night, during my med pass, I made an error. I had accidentally given my pt the narcotic her neighbor was to receive. They were in... Read More →

Last comment by riggy3

Mandated to Work Surgery With 1 Day Orientation

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I work on anoutpt site for a large hospital system. It's a ASC site doing minor outpatient surgery. We have been given a mandate by our manager... Read More →

Last comment by SallyRNCNOR

Mother of 6 Lost Nursing License X 2 and Job

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I really need some advice. 8 years ago I was working at a hospital in a state up north. I had a patient that coded. After several attempts... Read More →

Last comment by Lexi McDonough

Am I Too Squeamish to be a Nurse?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I'm actually only a sophomore in High school. I've wanted to be a nurse since I was little, but recently I've been second guessing it. I'm... Read More →

Last comment by Roz, RN

Told to Cut Corners at Work

by Nurse Beth - I am a new grad nurse and I'm having trouble adjusting to my new job. I took a per diem nursing position at a nursing home and I'm having difficulty with med pass... Read More →

Last comment by RNrhythm

How do I become a Nurse Manager?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Nursing is a second career for me and I have an MA & BS from previous education. However, to remain competitive in the nursing field, I... Read More →

RN Treating LPNs as Beneath Them

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, How do you combat an RN at your job who is treating LPNs in your department beneath them? Dear Not Being Treated Well, Without knowing... Read More →

Tempted to Tell the Truth in Exit Interview

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been working in my first nursing job for the past 5 months. Amid applying for nurse residencies I submitted an application to a place... Read More →

Last comment by azhiker96

Do I have to list my psych meds and opioids on job app?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am relocating to Nevada to take a new position after working in the same hospital since early 2000. I'm concerned about the pre employment... Read More →

Last comment by Mavrick

Afraid I'm Pigeonholed in the OR

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a BSN-prepared nurse and have been working in the operating room since graduating from nursing school two years ago. I am on several... Read More →

52 yr old Wants to be a CRNA

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a 52 years old RN-BSN with over 25 years of experience in various nursing specialties, but have been working as a Mental Health Nurse for... Read More →

Last comment by Workitinurfava

ICU, PACU or MedSurg for new 56 yr old nurse?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, What is the best career path for late starter? I am 56 years, in my 3 semester for RN. I started 3 years ago with the intention of becoming... Read More →

Last comment by qaqueen

Working with PTSD Disorder

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Since going to nursing school, I knew I wanted to be a NP, but I have a great deal of concerns related to my ability to do so. In nursing... Read More →

Last comment by Jewelsforme

New Manager Under Fire

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am an Assistant Nurse Manager (ANM) on a medsurg unit (glorified charge nurse). I've been told I don't give people enough time to hold... Read More →

Last comment by dufusbug

New Grad Overwhelmed at Work

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I need help please. I'm working at a well known hospital in my area. I was so excited to get a job. I was hired on a busy Med/surg floor. I have... Read More →


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