Ask Nurse Beth: Career Advice - page 12

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

Jewelry Artist / NP : Can I retain my business and grow in my profession?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a new graduate from a MSN program and have been a RN for 10 years. For the past 3 years - to help put me through school - I've also run a... Read More →

Should I take the clinic job?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I'm 6 years out of school, worked oncology exclusively, RN, BSN, OCN, CCRP. I'm working now in bone marrow transplant - one year next month. I... Read More →

LPN to MSN: Where do I begin?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth I have a question. I'm currently in a 2 year part-time LPN program and I want to further my education to eventually receive my MSN. I don't even... Read More →

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Left horrific SNF job; struggling to find another job.  HELP!

Left horrific SNF job; struggling to find another job. HELP!

by Nurse Beth - Dear Quit Horrific Job, Fortunately many employers understand leaving a bad job and it’s no longer the stigma it once was. It is always better to have another... Read More →

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Why Should We Hire You?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a new nurse and just had an interview question: Why should I hire you? I responded in a unique way by saying, I am a product of this... Read More →

DON took advantage of me

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, In 2012, I was a new grad with my ADN, struggling to find a job. All that would hire me was a SNF in Oceanside, CA. The DON there told me that I... Read More →

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Moving to CA: How Do I Apply for Endorsement?

Moving to CA: How Do I Apply for Endorsement?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Washington Nurse, If your RN license is from Washington and you want to practice in California, you need to apply for endorsement from the California... Read More →

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Interview with Band 6 Deputy Ward Manager - Help

Interview with Band 6 Deputy Ward Manager - Help

by Nurse Beth - Dear Claudia, Congrats on your interview! When selecting a clinical improvement problem, pick one that is: Current Measurable Fixable Read More →

Avenues for psych nurse certification?

Avenues for psych nurse certification?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Seeking Nursing Certification, Congrats on planning to achieve your certification in a specialty that you love. Nursing certification signifies expert... Read More →

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Best  Advanced Degree for RN, BSN

Best Advanced Degree for RN, BSN

by Nurse Beth - Dear MSN to Be, Thanks for the question. I take it you mean advanced degree as you already have your BSN? I really get excited talking about advanced education... Read More →

Preparing for interview with DON

Preparing for interview with DON

by Nurse Beth - Dear New Grad, Good job! Clearly you did well in your first interview. Preparing for an interview with the DON is no different than preparing for your initial... Read More →

3 Months Orientation: I Want to Quit.

3 Months Orientation: I Want to Quit.

by Nurse Beth - Dear Flustered, Short answer- Hold off before talking to your supervisor. Give yourself a little more time before... Read More →

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Are online classes a good fit for me?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Do Nursing Facilities or Nurse Managers that do the hiring have a different opinion of online degree nurses. (when considering them for... Read More →

Is my GPA important?

Is my GPA important?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Future Nurse, So glad you asked, because things have changed from the day when a new grad’s GPA didn’t matter. Your GPA can be very important if you... Read More →

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Do I need a professional resume writer?

Do I need a professional resume writer?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Maya, Good question. The purpose of your resume is to land you an interview. Here are some tips to help you. First of all, make sure your resume is... Read More →

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Struggling with Micro and Statistics: Do I have a chance at being a nurse?

Struggling with Micro and Statistics: Do I have a chance at being a nurse?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Struggling in Statistics, Microbiology and Statistics are not indicators of being a good nurse. They are pre-requisites intended to form a base of knowledge... Read More →

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Are Camp Nurses allowed to remove splinters?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am contemplating a camp nurse position in CT state. Are camp nurses allowed to remove splinters? I have worked in NY and this is not allowed.... Read More →

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Do I need CA residency before taking NCLEX?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, ​ Hello I am a student at Chamberlain College in FL. Planning to move to ÇA. Can I take the... Read More →

Why can't I get a job??? Keep hearing "Not enough CURRENT experience".

Why can't I get a job??? Keep hearing "Not enough CURRENT experience".

by Nurse Beth - Dear Not Getting Job, It’s not about being male, and most likely not about the school you graduated from. Your resume is not landing you interviews. Whatever it... Read More →

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Nurse Practitioner Wanting to Open CNA Program in NY

Nurse Practitioner Wanting to Open CNA Program in NY

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Practitioner/Entrepreneur, It’s great that you are thinking about going into business for yourself. In most states, RNs do not need additional... Read More →

Adjusting to being a new nurse: How long?

Adjusting to being a new nurse: How long?

by Nurse Beth - Dear New Nurse It’s really individual, and depends on many things, including your nursing speciality and the level of support you are provided. That said,... Read More →

Regarding what topics will Beth answer questions?

by tnbutterfly - Nurse Beth has a wide range of experience and can answer questions about many nursing topics including: New Nurse Struggles Transition from School to... Read More →


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