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!

Took NCLEX in 2016 but Cannot Get Nursing Job

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Here's my background in chronological order: I received my BSN from the Philippines in 2006. Migrated to the US right after that; did not take... Read More →

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New Grad Fired After 2 Weeks

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a new grad who graduated this summer with my BSN. I was let go from my first nursing job only after 2 weeks. I graduated with honors and... Read More →

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Fired at Age 61- do I have a chance?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I got fired. Turns out nurses don't eat just their young. My question is what now? I've got plenty of experience and I can get good... Read More →

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NP makes less than RN

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am an experienced nurse practitioner for 18 years and now I am practicing in Northern California. I was distressed to find out that some of... Read More →

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RN, BSN

by Schekina - Hi Beth, I have been nurse for 4years, but my journey to hospital has been only a year on Med/surg oncology. I now decided to get my certification as oncology... Read More →

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Burnt out on Working Weekends and Holidays

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been a nurse for a little over a year and a half now in labor and delivery and love the work I do itself. However, I recently have... Read More →

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Failed MedSurg, Should I Try Again?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I went to nursing school (LVN) about 7 years after receiving my Bachelor's in Kinesiology from a teaching college. I immediately became an... Read More →

New Grad's Spirit is Broken

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a new grad about 9 months into my first job...in the ICU. I have had 2 performance evals and the first was "you're doing a good job,... Read More →

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Criminal Infraction? Writing a Letter of Explanation to the BON

Criminal Infraction? Writing a Letter of Explanation to the BON

by Nurse Beth - A criminal history does not mean that you cannot become a nurse, but it may mean extra work and extra expenses. If you have a previous offense, maybe you, like... Read More →

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Can't Find a Job With Encumbered License

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have an encumbered RN license, three years probation with stipulation that I work 4 hrs/week for 6 months or I will lose my license. I have... Read More →

If I leave acute care, can I come back?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am an acute care nurse currently with 3 years of experience. Although I fully intend to continue acute care and possibly transition to... Read More →

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Should I Go into Debt for Nursing School?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have gone through a long and tough road on the pathway to nursing. I never realized how difficult it was to get into a program in order to get... Read More →

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New grad told to sink or swim

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I'm currently a new grad RN in an ED. I have two years experience as an ED tech so the ED is not a completely new environment to me. My... Read More →

Tired of Tele- Should I go to ED or Case Management?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am at a crossroads in my nursing career. I have been working as a medsurgtele nurse for going on 8 years and more recently feeling burnt out.... Read More →

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Hates Nursing School

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am 20 years old attending college for an RN-BSN degree. I am in my sophomore year (freshmen year was all prerequisite classes) and just... Read More →

New Grad Offered Director Level Position?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, What is the shelf life of a new grad? I just got licensed at the age of 40 and will be offered several options of administrative/director... Read More →

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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 →

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Nurse Needs Job but Faints at Sight of Blood

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I need help with finding a Nursing job. I graduated four years ago and only held an RN position for 4-5 months at a family office. I have a... Read More →

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How Can I Stand Out and Land a Job?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Currently, I'm in Austin, TX. We are planning to move to Raleigh, NC when I can get a job. NC is a compact state (making it much easier). We... Read More →

Should I Call it Quits?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Should I call it quits? I am a new nurse (full-time position) with 10+ years of experience as a Medical Assistant. At the beginning of my... Read More →

No one wants to hire me

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I really want to be a Postpartum nurse. I graduated in Dec of 2015 and I started working in October of 2016. I worked in Med/Surg for 3 months and... Read More →

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Dropped in Last Semester

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, What should I do if I was dismissed from a nursing program halfway through the last semester of the program? Where should I look to find a... Read More →


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