Ask Nurse Beth: Career Advice

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.

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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. Beth just published Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job. It's the ultimate guide with insider tips to land your nursing job!

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New Grad Age 60 Can't Land a Job

Dear Nurse Beth, I have written to you before regarding ageism. I earned my BSN about 2 years ago and still do not have a job as a nurse. I am now ACLS cert. and...

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Should New Grad Start in Hospice?

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm currently in my fourth semester of nursing school. I was thinking of working in the hospice area of patient care. Should I first get more...

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59 and No Longer Safe

Dear Nurse Beth, I am 59 year old RN with 39 years experience in ICU, occupational health nursing, home health, and case management. In the last year, I have...

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Help! I need confidence

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a fourth semester nursing student participating in preceptorship. Would you advice in ways to build up more confidence. Thank you! Dear...

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Have a Bachelors, Do I Really Need a BSN?

Dear Nurse Beth, I live in South Florida and graduated 2009 with BS in Health Services of Administration with a minor of Health Sciences. In the beginning of my...

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Should I Go From RN to Scrub Tech?

Dear Nurse Beth, I graduated my ADN program in 2010 at age 51. Immediately went into home health for 2 years asmedsurg held no interest for me and my ultimate...

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Can Single Mom of Twins Make it Through School?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a single parent with twin 10 year old daughters. I have a bachelors in another field so I am going to enroll in the accelerated nursing...

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I Get Interviews But No Jobs

Dear Nurse Beth, I am currently a Junior Nursing student in a part time program in Philadelphia for career changers. I already have a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal...

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Wants Out of Psych

Dear Nurse Beth, I graduated from an ABSN program December 2017. For most of nursing school I thought I wanted to do psych, so my volunteer experience and my...

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Afraid to Apply for a Job

Dear Nurse Beth, I've got a unique situation. I graduated this past Spring and did not apply for the NCLEX until this month. The reason for waiting was to have...

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House Supervisor Mixing Drips

Dear Nurse Beth, I recently started a new job at a small rural hospital that when I was hired was told my title would be Night RN Charge. I quickly found out my...

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It's Complicated- Help!

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm returning to practice after a 10 year absence due to medical disability. This is raising all sorts of issues when it comes to filling out...

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Interview Tips for the Older New Graduate

Dear Nurse Beth, I would love to have some interview tips for the older new graduate/RN? Preferably for the growing population of 50+.I have limited experience...

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Foreign Medical Graduate Turned BSN Not Landing Interviews

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a foreign medical graduate who migrated to the US about 10 years ago. I practiced in my country but never practiced in the US. I did not...

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Nursing program refuses to pass graduating class

Dear Nurse Beth, I finished my nurse program and in one week we will be having a pinning ceremony. The problem is my school is holding us back from graduating....

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Can LPN Offer juvaderm/botox injections?

Dear Nurse Beth, NYS - I own a Permanent Makeup & Medical Service salon. My services range from PMU to Microneedling. In NYS can LPNs offer...

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Renege on PP offer to Apply for L&D?

Dear Nurse Beth, I have been searching online for an answer to this and haven't been able to find quite the correct wording. Anyway, I applied for a RN position...

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RNs Told They are Equal to MAs

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a seasoned nurse working in Ambulatory in a major teaching institution. We are told repeatedly by management we are equal with MA's. They...

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Is this OK or is this fraud?

Dear Nurse Beth, Our Physical Therapist is on vacation for several weeks. We continue to admit rehab patients to our Swing Beds. Nursing is expected to do the...

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Should Nursing Student Work as a PCT?

Dear Nurse Beth, I was a stay-at-home home mom before and during school. The last job I had was in 2008 and unrelated to the nursing field (I worked in the IT...

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Help Wanted- Asking the Night Shifters for Advice

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a4th-semester nursing student due to graduate in December 2018. I have never worked night shifts in any job I've had. Soon I will begin...

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Pregnancy Loss and Unhappy New Grad

Dear Nurse Beth, I graduated in 2017 and took a job on a med surg floor that began Feb. 2018. I took that job because it was the only interview that I got. I am...

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