Ask Nurse Beth: Career Advice - page 3

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

Best strategy for answering "Why are you leaving your current job?"

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I've been having issues with my manager for the past few months and have decided to seek employment at another hospital. I have an interview... Read More →

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Retired Cop - Starting a new chapter in life as a nurse

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth I'm a 48 y/o retired cop and former Campus Safety administrator. I've just started a new chapter in my life. Since the day I joined the Army, at... Read More →

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Military Wife, 6 Years Later...Still New Grad?

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, I am unsure whether or not you have come across someone in a similar situation as I but I graduated with my BSN in 2010 from UMass Boston and... Read More →

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Terminated During Probationary Period

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I really got terminated during the probationary period with 4 months of OR nursing experience (both scrubbing and circulating). My preceptor hated... Read More →

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Concerned about being Overqualified

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, As a new grad and second career RN, should I omit my master's degree in business from applications? I worry that it sends the message that I... Read More →

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Which Master's Degree?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am currently working as a full time RN, the hospital I work for pays for up to $3500ish per year in tuition. I was thinking I may as well advance... Read More →

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Ready to start a career in nursing - Which path should I take?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am 28. I've been in more jobs than I can remember but I want to buckle down and start a career in nursing. I was indecisive all growing up and I... Read More →

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Let Go - How to Fill Out New Apps

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I recently resigned from my position because I was facing termination because of too many write-ups.The write-ups were for things I needed to learn... Read More →

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Jack of all trades but a master of none

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, A little background on me. I was an a Navy Hospital Corpsman, and LVN/LPN for 12 years and now an RN for 2. I've worked a WIDE range of places,... Read More →

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50 years old : I want to be a nurse

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I'm 50 and a professional musician and clergy looking to get an RN over the next few years. I have two young children, 7 and 9 and divorcing -... Read More →

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I Left Work Sick- Can I be Charged With Patient Abandonment?

I Left Work Sick- Can I be Charged With Patient Abandonment?

by Nurse Beth - As my shift passed, i felt worse and worse. fever, headache, sore throat, chills, shakes, all typical flu symptoms. I again went to administration and asked about a... Read More →

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Enrolling in online RN to BSN after NCLEX:  Should I work?

Enrolling in online RN to BSN after NCLEX: Should I work?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Wondering if I Should Work, The answer to “Would (not working after I pass NCLEX) hinder me from getting a job?” is “ Yes, probably.” Waiting to start your... 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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Anxiety and Nursing Career

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been an RN/BSN for 2 years. During that time I've bounced around to 4 different hospitals and units (med-surg, adult inpatient psych,... Read More →

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Can I work as a CNA even if I am an RN?

by Nurse Beth - Greetings Nurse Beth! Can I work as a nurse assistant in one facility while working as a RN in another? I was recently blessed to be offered a per-diem... Read More →

New Grad in MICU, Now with Offer for PICU..

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am a new grad nurse, graduated Dec 2015. Initially I was hired at a county hospital in the medical ICU where I am about to be off training and on... Read More →

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RN with limited bedside experience - Having trouble getting in FNP program

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Career decisions I worked for a FQHC Practice for 11yrs. 8yrs as a CMA, 3yrs as a RN. I obtained my ADN because I was functioning too similar... Read More →

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Becoming a Nurse at 49?

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, I’m almost 49 years of age woman from Melbourne Australia considering going to school to complete nursing - either Diploma then onto degree. Am... Read More →

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Nurse on Probation

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I was placed on probation by the BON in 2013 and ended in 2014. I have been working up to this point. I quit my job to move to another state. I... Read More →

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Burned Out & Bummed Out - Can't find my nursing "niche"

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I've been a nurse for a little over five years now. I am bummed out because I can not seem to find my "niche" in nursing. I have worked in... Read More →

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Considering a Change - Not Sure of Career Path

Considering a Change - Not Sure of Career Path

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am currently in a hospital leadership position but I'm thinking of leaving this position to pursue a clinical career. After being in nursing... Read More →

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Can a Pro-Union Nurse-Manager Effect Change in a Non-Union Environment?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth! I'm seriously considering applying for a nurse manager position at my place of employment. However, I have some concerns. There has recently been... Read More →

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