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!

Injured My Back Lifting Patient

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been an ICU RN for the past 5 years and hurt my back helping move an obese patient. I'm presently out on a work comp claim and unable to... Read More →

Terminated for Crying at Work

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, I have been a nurse for almost three years and have a few different jobs in a few different specialties and right now I am faced with an... Read More →

New Grad with OR Job Offer - I hate OR

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I'm a new Grad Nurse. I got an offer as OR Nurse at a hospital center which the program starts in 3 months. I have accepted the offer but have not... Read More →

Last comment by Froggybelly

Treated Like Black Plague

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I surrendered my RN license 7 years ago and recently reinstated it. It shows the active license and the surrender license. I have 20 years of... Read More →

Last comment by rmb84

Being Deposed - Help!

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, I once worked in a nursing home 3 years ago, where a dementia patient suffered a severe fall injury (fractured neck) in the bathroom, in spite... Read More →

Last comment by EdieBrous

Nursing Student??

by Nurse Beth - Hey Nurse Beth.... I'm a licensed psychologist working for a federal agency. I've been thinking about lack of job flexibility as I get older, with plans to work a... Read More →

Last comment by legalsally

Help! I'm Blacklisted

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have a reprimand and a do not rehire situation and since then it is safe to say I am blacklisted. I currently work in an ICU 2 hours... Read More →

Inappropriate Sexual Conversations and Controlling Client

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, How should I explain/disclose my reasons for leaving my Home Care cases, in the best light? Ready to return to work after being out on... Read More →

Burnt Out - What Units Should I Consider?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have 9 years of experience in various units in the hospital. I am so burnt out I vomit before I go into work. Yes, literally. I have applied to... Read More →

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Asking Advice from the Allnurses Readers

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, First post here. I'm really struggling to make a decision on my career path and am asking for any insight/wisdom from you and all the nurses... Read More →

Need Some Job Advice...

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, For the last few years starting at a job I was at for 6 yrs, I have been having different issues, mostly with defending myself or the people... Read More →

Last comment by sotelo.dixie

Fired By My Patients

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am 58 and a new 2-Yr. RN, I am a soft spoken, rule following, dutiful person & RN. I always inquire about my patients stay in the hospital but... Read More →

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Help! Asked to Write On Call Policy

Help! Asked to Write On Call Policy

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I was asked to write some standard work or policy for our On-Call hours. I work in an OR that has set hours of operation from 0645 to 1515, with... Read More →

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Failed LPN School - How can I reapply?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have recently been let go from my LPN nursing class due to failing Pharmacology. I want to go back next year or at least find another school... Read More →

Last comment by Code_VSA

Nursing Student Afraid I Have Mental Illness

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, This may be a bit of a read but I have a question about mental health. I am 20 years old and have been in college since I was 17! I am in a... Read More →

Last comment by spotangel

Hiring Manager Doesn't Answer My Calls

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, This is my first post. Would love to hear from you guyswhacha think. I applied to this HCA post at a well-known Uni/Hospital. Last Thursday I... Read More →

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 →

Last comment by ambrielle26

Help Me to Figure Out My Career Path

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I'm in my late 30s, I have a B.S. in biology, and I'm looking at changing careers from science editing (among other things) to nursing. Currently... Read More →

Last comment by BeenThere2012

Why do LPNs only make $40K per year?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am considering a career change to nursing. I'm thinking of entering into the LPN program because once I'm accepted I only have to be out of... Read More →

Last comment by MelissaC71

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 →

Last comment by SecondAct

Choices - Which Job to Choose?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a new graduate nurse and was offered a med-surg position at a private hospital about a month ago. This position requires a two-year... Read More →

Last comment by sunny77

Job Hopper - What's wrong with me?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been in the nursing field for many years - 11 years as an LPN, and now 5 years as an RN. As an LPN I worked in nursing homes and stayed... Read More →

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