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Nurse Beth, MSN, RN 210,475 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 :)

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...

How to Help in Texas

A lot of nurses around the country are wanting to help their fellow colleagues in Texas, but not sure how to start. Conditions in Houston and surrounding areas are not getting better, and help may...

Violence in Nursing

Violence in Nursing When Ashley became a nurse, she dreamed about helping patients and relieving suffering. She never thought she'd be hurt, much less attacked. Her second day on the job, a...

Confessions of an Introvert

Being a Nurse Introvert Introverts and extroverts really are hardwired differently. Sometimes I get questions from nursing students or those thinking about applying to nursing school- "I'm not an...

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...

Nurse Shares Story From Houston Disaster Zone

Chelsea, can you tell us a little about yourself? I am mom to a 5-year-old ASD kiddo in Houston. I have been a nurse for 4 years and love helping people become a family in Labor & Delivery You...

Don't Risk Your Job Over Social Media

Social media The use of social media and other electronic communication is expanding exponentially; today's generation of nurses grew up in a social media milieu. Social media provides...

When You Receive a Warning at Work

Sheila, the unit nursing manager approached Ashley on the floor. "Ashley, I need to see you today in my office. Can you let your preceptor know you'll be off the floor from two until two thirty?" ...


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