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.

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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Regrets Leaving Bedside Practice

Dear Nurse Beth, This summer I'll have been a nurse for 3 years. I started out on a med/surg oncology unit in a hospital and burned out from that very quickly. ...

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I.HATE. My. Job

Dear Nurse Beth, I hate my job. I've been working as a theatre nurse for 3 years now. In the first 9months, I loved it, noticed the negatives but chose to...

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I Don't Have Leprosy- Why Can't I Get a Job?

Dear Nurse Beth, I can't find a nursing job. I have been a nurse since 1983. I have applied to over 200 hundred jobs since 2013 when I got my Masters degree. I...

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Going on Disability and Needs Part-time Job

Dear Nurse Beth, I have almost 4 years under my belt as a rehab nurse in a long term care facility. I am just about to get my BSN. I want to find a part time job...

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Forced to Flex Off

Dear Nurse Beth, My hospital, that I have worked at for the past 23 years, has started a new "Flexing down for low Census" policy. Our new CEO's newsletters...

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Can't Choose Between 2 Residencies

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm graduating this month and I have been offered two different residencies. Here are the pros and cons of both place. Hospital A ICU -...

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1 RN to 45 patients-should I leave?

Dear Nurse Beth, I wanted to ask for your opinion. I've been a RN for a little over a year. Currently work in healthcare/assisted living at a nursing home. I...

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Is it a waste of my talent to go into Home Health?

Dear Nurse Beth, I work on a busy cardiac telemetry floor at a large hospital. I love my job most days despite how hectic and stressful it sometimes gets. The...

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Retiring in 3 yrs, Should I Get my CEN Certificate?

Dear Nurse Beth, I earned my BSN in 1980 and worked in a variety of settings over the years, mostly critical care. I've worked in the ER FOR THE LAST 10 years. I...

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57 and Don't Know Where to Turn

Dear Nurse Beth, I most recently finished a 6 month contract in ICU at a local hospital. After being there for only 1 1/2 months, they asked me to extend for...

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Student Nurse Advised to Slow Down

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a paramedic with years of experience and worked for many years as a medic in an ED. (Scope varied by facility) I also have experience in a...

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Applied to 6 Residencies and No Offers

Dear Nurse Beth, After I passed my NCLEX-RN, I started applying to nearby hospitals for RN Residency programs. I have applied to six hospitals so far, and...

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Taking Job Hopping to a New Level

Dear Nurse Beth, I think I have taken job hopping to a new level. I am an RN of 27 years who has had ten jobs in the past eight years, some for as briefly as a...

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ED Nurse with Deteriorating Health

Dear Nurse Beth, I am currently a registered nurse working on a med surg floor. My background for the past three years has been emergency room. Unfortunately I...

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Devastated and Disappointed

Dear Nurse Beth, I am 26 years old and have wanted to be a nurse since I was at least 10 years old. I always pictured myself caring for and nurturing sick people...

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I was bullied out of my job

She made up stories about me and accused me of being unsafe. My manager believed these stories, wrote me up, and put a performance plan in place, even though I told...

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How Can I Get a Nurse to Float Happily? Interview Question

Dear Nurse Beth, I've interviewed twice for a certain job & have been unsuccessful at answering a "role play" scenario where I am a supervisor & a nurse is...

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Extreme Job Hopping

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a RN with 2yrs tele/med Surg, and a couple months of home health experience. I happily made it out the hospital and tried HH. I loved...

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I Put my Organization at Risk

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a nurse that works in quality Improvement within Dialysis. I made some mistakes and gave too much information that showed some weaknesses in...

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New Grad Loses Job at 3 Months

Dear Nurse Beth, I recently got terminated from my first New Grad Job, after 3 months. I'll spare a lot of details, but I basically didn't get any direction or...

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At a Crossroads and Confused

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a nurse who just finished my bachelor's degree online this month. I am 28 years old, and I have been a NICU nurse for the past 4 years. I...

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Should New Grad go Part-time?

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a new grad RN on a med surg unit. I've been there about 6 months. I was wondering whether or not it would inappropriate to ask to be dropped...


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