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

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 →

Last comment by Carabella

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 →

Last comment by Caroline123
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 →

Last comment by Shanua

I Don't Want to Stick a Patient

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I want to be a nurse. However, with my experience as a Medical Assistant and PCT, I am uncomfortable with sticking my patients. Why? Well, I'm... Read More →

Last comment by MochaFiend

LVN to be Wants to be RN : What's the most realistic plan?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, Help! I'm in N. Cal. about to start LVN program (lottery). RN was first choice, but have waited years in various lotteries. 1) true that LVNs... Read More →

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Can't Get License Endorsed in Another State : What is the best option?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I am happy to find you. You have the same name as my dearest mentor. Now I am stuck and I want to listen to your opinion on it. After... Read More →

Last comment by unplannedRN

50 Years Old with 22 yrs Experience & Getting DNP - How do I make myself more marketable?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I'm 50 and have been a nurse since 1994. My first nursing job took me from staff nurse, interim nurse manager and nurse clinician. Next, I worked... Read More →

Last comment by llg
New to Night Shift - How will I survive??

New to Night Shift - How will I survive??

by Nurse Beth - Dear Going to Nights, Congratulations on landing your first nursing job! So exciting and I hope you love it. Night Shift is Different... and it Takes Time ... Read More →

Last comment by RHC81

Ageism - 61 Yr Old & Need to go Back to Work after 3 Yrs off Taking Care of Wife

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I'm a 61 year old male RN with 25 years of experience in hospitals at Med Surg and some Home Health experience. I haven't worked in 3 years... Read More →

Last comment by Buyer beware
Surveillance at Work : Is your privacy being violated?

Surveillance at Work : Is your privacy being violated?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Being Videotaped at Work, With the caveat that I am not an attorney, the short answer is I do believe your Florida employer has to notify you if you are... Read More →

Last comment by Dafabb

Unhappy RN with 14 Years of Experience - Looking for the right path to pursue

by Nurse Beth - Hello Nurse Beth, I have been an RN (have my BSN) for 14 years. I worked in Oncology for the first 10 years and loved it; just wanted to expand my skill set... Read More →

Last comment by little_nursey

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 →

Last comment by middymids
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 →

Last comment by krystalized58

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 →

Last comment by ekat09

Excellent SNF - Need advice for competing with acute care and clinic recruiting

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, We are an excellent skilled nursing facility, but are having difficulty recruiting LPNs and RNs. We can not compete with acute care on wages. Do... Read More →

Last comment by beekee
New Nurse Having Bad Experience with Nursing - How can I get on track to ED Nursing?

New Nurse Having Bad Experience with Nursing - How can I get on track to ED Nursing?

by Nurse Beth - When I finished nursing school my belief was I was going to be easily hired within my organization into the new grad program, unfortunately that was not the case.... Read More →

Last comment by Nurse_Linda

Need Mon-Fri Job

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I've worked as an RN starting out 2.5 yrs in NICU and the past 6yrs in psychiatric nursing. I enjoy it but I find that having a 7 yo daughter... Read More →

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CNA to LVN to ADN - I thought getting my RN would open more doors for me.

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I'll start with a little background about myself. I started first as a CNA which I hated for many reasons, got my LVN in 2012, and now my ADN in... Read More →

Last comment by Dafabb

Seizures under control : Should I disclose epileptic diagnosis to prospective employer?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I graduated with High Honors 1 year ago (with my ADN and passed the NCLEX in September 2015 . I have not been working (or even applied for an... Read More →

Last comment by OHNBJL

Hemodialysis Nurse : Forced to work overtime or face abandonment?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, I have worked as an acute hemodialysis nurse for more than 4 years. My question has to do with the long hours we are sometimes required to... Read More →

Last comment by Dafabb

Recovering Alcoholic and Student - Will an employer hold this against me?

by Nurse Beth - Hi Nurse Beth, I am a nursing student and will soon begin my first job as a CNA at a local hospital. The health history/screening form inquires about any... Read More →

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Psychiatric History - Can I still become a nurse?

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, After much wrangling, and "figuring things out" I finally settled on a BSN program that I think is right for me. What is more discovering my... Read More →

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