Ask Nurse Beth: Career Advice - page 4

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

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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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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Was Addicted but now Ready to Work

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am returning to nursing after a long hiatus due to addiction. I have fifteen years of strong recovery and feel firmly anchored in that respect.... Read More →

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Will My PhD Hurt My Nursing Career?

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, My name is Gertrude and I got my BSN in 2008 and passed the NCLEX in 2009. I however came out of nursing and went on to graduate school to get... Read More →

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Should I get my CNA certification before RN school?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I wanted to pick your brain. I am in the middle of a career change into nursing. I have been accepted in nursing school and my plan for the... Read More →

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Creating a Resume with One Year Experience

Creating a Resume with One Year Experience

by Nurse Beth - Does one still include any clinical information? For instance, my capstone took place in my specialty. Is it worth it to keep that information on there? I know that... 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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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 →

Last comment by manicholasnp

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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I want to grow my career - What's the best way to advance?

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, I am an older student and former fire fighter. I graduated 2 years ago with a BSN. I already had a bachelor's in Fire Administration. My first... Read More →

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Which Masters Degree is Best?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I’m undecided what path to take. I am enrolled in a RN-BSN program and start nursing classes at the end of this month with all my pre-reqs out of... Read More →

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New Grad:  How can I get experience if nobody will give me a chance?

New Grad: How can I get experience if nobody will give me a chance?

by Nurse Beth - I am getting rather down and frustrated. I am aware that they want experience but how can I get any experience if no one is willing to give me a chance to show that... Read More →

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Recent ADN Grad : Should I pursue an RN job while working on getting my BSN?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I graduated with my ADN in December, passed my NCLEX-RN in March, and am currently working on completing my RN-BSN program, which I will... Read More →

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