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

Recommendations on Pursuing MHA or MSN

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am almost finished my BSN, but, I already have both a BS and a Masters degree. As an RN, I do believe in continuing my education. I know I... Read More →

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Psychiatric Nursing Certification Without BSN?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Is it possible to get a certification in psychiatric nursing without getting a BSN? I have worked in this field for 30+ years and am 65 now and... 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 →

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B.A. in Public Health - Best Path to Become NP in Public Health?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I recently graduated with my B.A. in public health and am looking to break into nursing next. My ultimate career goal is to be a public health... Read More →

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Unemployed x13 Months - Help!

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I'm currently unemployed. I have been looking for a job for 13 months and no one will hire me. I have over 23 years experience as a nurse. My... Read More →

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DUI Years Ago - Licensure?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I received a DUI in 2009. It was my first offense and now I have a misdemeanor on my record. Since then I have a clear record except for this... Read More →

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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Missing Time With Family - I hate my weekends only job!!

Missing Time With Family - I hate my weekends only job!!

by Nurse Beth - In my current job, I have my own group of 6 and am charge of up to 30 patients on the unit, and one of my coworkers is always behind, so I feel like I have at least... Read More →

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Can a Muslim wear a headscarf and long dress while working as a nurse?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I wanted to apply for a nursing degree to study at university. I just have one concern, and although it sounds small it is quite a big issue for... Read More →

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Best Way for Soon-to-be New Grad to Land a Job in a New City?

by Nurse Beth - Hi there Nurse Beth, I will be graduating with my ADN in summer of 2018. I would like to relocate to the Seattle area after graduation, and am beginning to... Read More →

I have goals in mind - Need help getting there

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, My question is about career planning. I know many traditional students who really have no clue what they want to do with nursing, but a... Read More →

Resume Tips That Will Help You Stand Out From the Crowd

Resume Tips That Will Help You Stand Out From the Crowd

by Nurse Beth - This video discusses 4 major points to help you create a resume that will help you make a great impression and stand out from the other applicants. ... Read More →

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Floating A Lot - Very Stressed

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am torn in accepting a job offer. I have 6 months experience at an IMC LTAC, and 4 months working as a med/surg floor nurse at a major acute... 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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