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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Older Student Nurse Treated Differently By Instructors

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a student nurse and am in the last semester of nursing school. I'm a lot older than most students where I go to school; often over a decade...

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Highly Recommend in Landing Job

Dear Nurse Beth, I don't have a question. I just wanted to thank you for writing the book, "Your Last Nursing Class". It really helped me in my job search and I...

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Manager Seeking Revenge on New Nurse

Dear Nurse Beth, I started my first RN job almost exactly 3 months ago. It's at a SNF and isn't a bad place to work but, I had to face it... my true passion and...

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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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Quit Job While Pregnant and Can't Get Hired

Dear Nurse Beth, I graduated with an ADN in 2013, I had a hard time passing NCLEX. I finally passed my NCLEX with 75 questions in 2017, that means a 4-year gap...

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Help! I Want to be a Writer

Dear Nurse Beth, I have been a nurse for 3 years and have worked in acute care, assisted living and as a school nurse. However, I am finding that I am wanting to...

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MDS Coordinator - Help: I'd rather be doing research.

Dear Nurse Beth, I have been a nurse for 6 years in various positions: at bedside, unit manager, supervisor, and now a MDS coordinator. Indecisive? Maybe. (My...

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PRN Experienced Nurse Paid Same as New Grad

Dear Nurse Beth, I am so discouraged. . . I have a 2nd PRN job I truly love - and the company has moved to a new policy for the PRN staff - - salary is entirely...

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New NP at Wits' End

Dear Nurse Beth, I have a NP license since the last 4 years and certification since 1 year. Due to personal reasons I did not actively look for a NP job upon...

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Unit is Total Chaos

Dear Nurse Beth, I currently work for a privately owned community hospital at a combined ICU of 26 beds. JCO came by on December 2017 and we were told that...

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How Does Foreign Trained Nurse Work in the States?

Dear Nurse Beth, I would like to access my career option now in USA. I was doing job at India and took a break after my marriage. Now i have a cute Son and would...

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Trying to Cool My Jets

Dear Nurse Beth, Trying to cool my jets so will bounce this off some of you fellow Nurses. I am a RN working in primary care clinic as part of a larger...

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56 With Multiple Back Surgeries Wants to Become an RN

Dear Nurse Beth, I am an LPN that has been on disability d/t blowing out 5 discs while transferring a patient. Have had 5 surgeries to help fix issues. I am 56...

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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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Can I be hired after being treated for depression and anxiety?

Dear Nurse Beth, I've struggled with depression and anxiety my whole life. The past few years have been rough as I have been hospitalized a few times and I have...

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Wrong site surgery waiting to happen

Dear Nurse Beth, I was an OR circulator for a hospital with six ORs for nine years. I left town for a while and when I came back I had the opportunity to work at...

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In a Pickle

Dear Nurse Beth, Hello, all! I am stuck in a pickle and I would love any and all input. I have two potential jobs: Nebraska Medical Center on a Heart and...

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Straight A's but Panics When Taking Tests

Dear Nurse Beth, I graduated high school in June of 2016. I started college at a local community college right after starting in August. Ever since August of...

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42 Years Old - Is it too late to become a nurse?

Hello Nurse Beth, I am a 42 year old wife and mother of 3 children 9, 4, and 3 still at home and considering a career change. I have had a life changing experience...

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Harsh Advice or Helpful?
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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...

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Old and Ready to Give Up

Dear Nurse Beth, I am in my fifties. I have been a nurse for 30+ years. For 15 years, I had a job I loved with co-workers, I loved. I left six years ago. My...

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Wound Healing Secret Worth Millions Discovered by Home Health Nurse

Dear Nurse Beth, I am an RN with 21 years in home care and I have discovered a wound healing secret. Should I find a way to market this secret as a...


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