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Nurse Beth, MSN, RN 221,595 Views

Hi! Nice to meet you! I love helping new nurses in all my various roles. I work in a hospital in Staff Development, and am a blogger (nursecode.com), author (Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job), and I hope a helper to my fellow nurses :)

Nurse Gives Lethal Dose of Vecuronium Instead of Versed

PET scans are typically performed in the outpatient setting and not inpatient. They are not emergent. This was a full body inpatient PET scan which might be said is inappropriate resource...

The Unwritten Rules Of Dating As A Nurse

I'm just curious if it is against any rules to date a former patient of mine at the inpatient ward?????? please let me know he's such a sweet man and we totally connected a few months after he was...

Harsh Advice or Helpful?

Right now I have an ADN and am waiting for two schools to go over my transcripts for their BSN programs. I already have a Masters in another field and went for nursing after dealing with numerous...

Nurses Advocate for Safer Staffing, Patient Safety, and Quality Care

Is Your Patient Assignment Too Heavy? Nurses are stressed. Nurses are exhausted. And now nurses are speaking up for patient safety and against unsafe working conditions. But it's important that...

How to Start a CNA Training Program

Dear Nurse Beth, I am RN-BSN for 12 years (Med/Surg), I am interested in starting a CNA program or Nurses Aide training school or program in my town ( Boston, MA ). What would you recommend or...

Mandated Nurse-Patient Ratios

Ashley sank into a chair in the breakroom on her MedSurg unit in a large hospital in Florida. It was 0330, 8 ½ hours into her shift. She had not yet taken a break of any sort, including a bathroom or...

Exclusive Interview with Las Vegas Nurse who Worked During Shooting

Many of us may wonder what it would be like to be faced with a disaster right in our community. Sara D. is an oncology nurse in a large hospital in Vegas and reported to work in the middle of the Las...

8 Work From Home Jobs

In my career advice column, Ask Nurse Beth, I am asked so often about job opportunities away from the bedside, and just as often how to work from home. Why do nurses quit the bedside? There are...

From Nurse to Nurse Influencer

From Hobby to a Side Job My writing career as a nurse started 4 years ago when I was home recuperating on the couch from an injury. A friend of mine on Twitter asked me "Beth, you have so many...

7 Key Steps to Negotiating Salary

Learning how to negotiate is an important but often overlooked skill for nurses. I just talked to Kim, a nurse and friend who is leaving her facility to work in Corrections. They made her an offer...

You Have Three Seconds to Get an Employer's Attention

This article is featured in the July 2018 edition of our allnurses Magazine...Download allnurses Magazine Now! I'd planned to consolidate my travel nurse experience into one entry and then list...

Forced to Clock Out for Two Meal Breaks - Is This Legal?

Dear Nurse Beth, I work as an LPN night shift charge nurse at a nursing home on 12-hour shifts 6p-6a. I am always the only licensed staff in the building. Until recently when the facility was sold...

Male Nurse Disgusted by Female Nurses

Hi Beth: I believe you submitted a recent article about Safe Patient/Nurse Ratios in this country. I have been a nurse for about one year and a half and I am appalled by what I have observed with...

How to Answer "What Did You Like Least About Your Last Job?"

Dear How to Answer, You ask a really good question. Everyone dreads the behavioral type questions that put you on the spot. I'll give you a formula for answering your question and others like it....

Help! Asked to Write On Call Policy

Dear Nurse Beth, I was asked to write some standard work or policy for our On-Call hours. I work in an OR that has set hours of operation from 0645 to 1515, with on-call hours starting at last...


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