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

Second-Career 50-ish RN working LTAC - Anxious about searching for new job

Second-Career 50-ish RN working LTAC - Anxious about searching for new job

by Nurse Beth - I was a leader in my class. My precepting RNs liked me but I did not click with HR. I got a few interviews but all the prestigious new grad jobs went to my young... Read More →

Last comment by beekee

Stressed Out! - Should I stay and tough it out?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I recently changed jobs from a stepdown unit at one hospital to a cardiac ICU at another. I made the switch wanting to learn new things and... Read More →

Last comment by TheCommuter

37 year old procrastinator - Considering a nursing career

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a 37yr old procrastinator, who is full of regrets and is wondering if it's too late to start nursing school. I beg of you to bear with me... Read More →

Last comment by kimrn2018

Oncology nurse but my heart is not in it.

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I've been working on a oncology floor for about 8 months. I've discovered at this time, emotionally it is not a good fit for me so I am looking... Read More →

Last comment by Carol Bush

I Want to Make a Difference in My Patients' Lives

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have been an RN for a little over a year. I worked on a med/surg oncology unit and I loved working with oncology patients, but I hated the... Read More →

Last comment by RNable

Newer RN - How do I get an OR job without experience in that area??

by Nurse Beth - HI Nurse Beth, I'm a newer RN, just under 2 years experience. Over a year of that was on a 'Major Surgery' unit that specialized in taking care of post op... Read More →

Last comment by BouldeRN

Career Changer - Resources?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am changing my career from 10 ys in Human Resources to Nursing but feel very uncertain about the whole career change. I know I WANT to help and... Read More →

Last comment by Quickbeam

Graduating Soon: Should I take the CNA exam to get working experience?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, My name is Martina and I would like to ask you a question since I feel so lost and I don’t know who to ask. I am a nursing student graduating in... Read More →

Last comment by sherri64
New to ED - What things should I do to become a better ED nurse?

New to ED - What things should I do to become a better ED nurse?

by Nurse Beth - I have been a nurse for 8 years now and had worked in a nursing home. I recently decided to transition to a hospital as everything in my life is undergoing change. ... Read More →

Last comment by BlackbirdRN

New Grad: Moving When Husband Gets Orders

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I will be graduating soon with my ADN, but my husband will be receiving orders 10 months after I graduate where we will be relocated to... Read More →

Last comment by caliotter3
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 →

Last comment by KathyMomRN

58 years old - Am I too old to start nursing school??

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have no way of knowing if some nursing schools are more difficult than others, but I am undecided as to whether I should proceed. Let me... Read More →

Last comment by tallielassie

I'm Stuck - Need to Make a Quick Decision

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, So I am kind of stuck and don't know how to navigate myself out!. I have been in School for my RN to BSN since Aug 2015. This program is fairly... Read More →

Last comment by jennyflier

Newer unemployed nurse wanting NICU job

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I graduated nursing school in December 2015. I took my boards in February and received my Nursing license in March. It has been 9 months since... Read More →

Last comment by amoLucia

Recently Laid Off - Is Nursing for Me?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I was recently laid off in the oilfield and I am considering a career change. I currently hold a BBA in General Business. I was looking at nursing... Read More →

Last comment by finally03gt

Tired of Professor Playing Favorites

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am pleased to be a part of the site. I am a new student nurse currently in training for my Associate's degree in Nursing Science. I have found... Read More →

Last comment by llg

Am I Making a Horrendous Mistake Choosing Nursing?

by Nurse Beth - HI Nurse Beth, I'm wondering if I'm making a horrendous mistake by choosing nursing. It's not something I've always wanted to do. I'm a career changer... Read More →

Last comment by PACU-LVN

HIPAA Violation - Should I Sign Written Warning & Re-training

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am a charge nurse with access to ED tracker check for possible patients which will come to my floor. Looked on a pt that ended up being a... Read More →

Last comment by Julius Seizure

Is nursing too difficult for a mother with young children?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, HI. I'm a mother of young kids currently set to start nursing school. Do u think that it's a good idea? I'm nervous about my working options... Read More →

Last comment by MierKat

Single Mom - How soon after ADN should I pursue a BSN?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I have a couple questions for you. I am a student and I will be graduating in December with my ADN. When would you suggest finishing my BA... Read More →

Last comment by MAnurse224

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 →

Last comment by she244

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 →


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