Ask Nurse Beth: Career Advice - page 16

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!

How to Reconcile Missing Narcotics

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, I work the second shift; the 1st shift nurse keeps patients' meds (her shift meds) in a pill box including controlled drugs under their... Read More →

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Soon-to-be BSN Grad in May - What can I do to increase my chances of getting a Peds job?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am getting closer to graduating with my BSN in May. My passion in Nursing is Pediatrics, but knowing how competitive it is to get an... Read More →

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Recent "older" BSN Grad - Should I get my MSN?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a recent BSN grad and just started my first RN job in the type of unit that I wanted all through school. I had figured that I would spend... Read More →

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Tips for Avoiding Medication Errors

Tips for Avoiding Medication Errors

by Nurse Beth - It's very hard to avoid errors considering how I'm always 20 steps ahead of what I'm doing. I have trouble focusing on what I'm doing at the present moment (such as... Read More →

MDS Coordinator - Help: I'd rather be doing research.

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been a nurse for 6 years in various positions: at bedside, unit manager, supervisor, and now a MDS coordinator. Indecisive? Maybe. (My... Read More →

2013 Grad - Still can't get acute care job

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a 46 year old nurse with an associate's degree. I graduated and received my license in 2013, however the only job that I was able to... Read More →

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Veteran night shift RN - Being forced to rotate shifts

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been a nurse for 12 years and have worked the night shift for 9 of those years. There have been a number of changes since our... Read More →

Last comment by caliotter3

New Grad - Which unit is best to prepare me for my long-term goal?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I graduated from nursing school last May and I had an interview yesterday at a hospital that has openings on several different kinds of units.... Read More →

Placed on Performance Improvement Plan - What should I do?

Placed on Performance Improvement Plan - What should I do?

by Nurse Beth - Recently I have been called into the manager's office for not being fast enough, for being “rude or condescending” to the OB techs, and for “having an attitude”... Read More →

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New BSN grad -Do I have the experience needed for a hospital job?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am currently working private duty home health as an RN. I worked for this company for 7 years first as an LPN and then as an RN. I am... Read More →

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Minor Self Harm Scars - Can I be denied employment?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, Can I be denied a job as an ER nurse due to minor self harm scars? They are located on 1 thigh, and only one small scar is visible. But will they... Read More →

Last comment by Zedrek

How do I begin to get certifications?

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, I'm not ready to start on my bachelor's yet but I still feel like I should be doing other things to continue my education, like extra... Read More →

Last comment by Pixie.RN

How do I become a Lactation Counselor?

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth! Is there a college in the US that offers a BSN in breastfeeding or lactation counseling? I thought I found one via an internet search. However,... Read More →

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Can a Criminal History Stop Me from Being a Nurse?

Can a Criminal History Stop Me from Being a Nurse?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Has Felonies, You certainly are not alone in having felonies in your past and wanting to pursue nursing. For the most part, each case is evaluated... Read More →

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Dont know if I can do this at 49!

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been in Dialysis for 17 years. I hospice for 2. Low pt census and a bear of an administrator. Want to transfer to hospital. Friends... Read More →

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Can't Lift 50 lbs - Will I be discriminated against?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am currently in nursing classes for my LPN. We have not yet started clinicals. My question is can medical restrictions such as not able to lift... Read More →

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What's the best way to get into Peds Ortho Residency after graduation?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am a student at UT Arlington in Texas and finishing up prerequisites. I am applying for their upper level BSN program soon. I REALLY want to... Read More →

ADN Graduate : Feeling discouraged and overlooked for promotions in LTC

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a 37 year old who graduated from an ADN program in May. My nursing experience previous to graduation was limited to a few months of... Read More →

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Burned out after 18 Years in PICU/NICU

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I have been a PICU/NICU RN for 18 years and I am getting so burnt out. I think I need a change. I thought pre-op or surgery/pacu would be... Read More →

Mid-forties Nurse - Thinking about my future

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am in my mid-40's and have 6 years of nursing experience which is mostly in acute care. I am thinking about my future a lot, especially my... Read More →

Last comment by yolandapesto

Depressed seasoned nurse of 20 yrs - Can't get hospital job

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am very depressed. I am a 20 year seasoned nurse. Started working odds, then worked Critical Care, 7 years of that travel nursing in... Read More →

Last comment by NurseGirl525
Juvenile Arrest: Did I ruin my chance to be a nurse?

Juvenile Arrest: Did I ruin my chance to be a nurse?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Daisy, You did not ruin your future, and it is highly unlikely you ruined your chances of being a nurse. You were thirteen. You are by no means alone in... Read More →

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