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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Is Community College Bridge to BSN a Good Idea?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a mom of two kids, ages 6 and 3, I live in Los Angeles, and am finishing up prerequisites for either a post-bac BSN at a Cal State or an...

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Should I Attend a Non-Accredited School?

Dear Nurse Beth, I have been accepted into a school that is not listed as ACEN certified. What exactly does that mean for me if I were to go through the program?...

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Unappreciated at my Job

Dear Nurse Beth, I have been working on my own unit for the past 3 years. In those 3 years, I have been faithfully committed to two committees, I am a trained...

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Let go after 11 years, feeling worthless and anxious

Dear Nurse Beth, My name is B and I was let go from my job in October. I have been a nurse for 11 years now in that same system. Previous work has been in IMCU 8...

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Should New Grad Take Casual or Full-time Job?

Dear Nurse Beth, Thank you for your book. It helped me score my first job. :) I just got hired on to my first acute care job into a General...

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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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Is this dangerous?

Dear Nurse Beth, The new PCU at my place of work will NOT have Bedside monitors. I don't believe the RN's who work there or the Unit should be called Critical...

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Tips Needed for First Year Nurse

Dear Nurse Beth, I really enjoyed your book "Your last Nursing Class: How To Land Your First Nursing Job" Do you Have any advice on for the new grad that...

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Can I Change Specialities After Becoming a CRNA?

Dear Nurse Beth, I want to make sure that what I am saying is correct. I know that becoming a CRNA requires either a DNAP degree or a DNP with specialization...

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Wants to Be Surgical NP

Dear Nurse Beth, I have been accepted to an FNP program and a AGACNP program with RNFA concentration. My question is, which one will get me closer to being a...

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MBA vs MSN

Dear Nurse Beth, I want to know what your thoughts are on pursuing an MBA as an R.N. I currently have my Associates in Nursing and a Bachelors in Business. I am...

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I Make Less Than a Brand New Nurse, Why?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a nurse of 15+ years, have my MSN (CNL), and for whatever reason, I make significantly less than most nurses in my area with same or fewer...

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Wants to Take LPN Boards While in RN Program

Dear Nurse Beth I'm a nursing student finishing my pre-requisites next semester. I want to take LPN courses on my semester in nursing school while in registered...

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Caught With Weed and Wants to Apply to Nursing School

Dear Nurse Beth, I have recently been freaking out about my future. So I was recently caught with less than a gram of weed. I just got a ticket and they sent me...

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Can RN Work as CNA?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am licensed in Arkansas as a registered nurse. Now I am in California, waiting for my license, can I work as a cna or lvn even if I am not...

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New Nurse Thinking of Quitting

Dear Nurse Beth, I have been an RN for about 6 months now. I am in a residency program and have been on my own for a month now. I am having a really rough time...

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Foreign Graduate Needs Job

Dear Nurse Beth, I recently passed NCLEX and I am looking for the best way to start my career path. I live in a small town that only has one hospital, few...

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Can't Get Job With MSN

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a nurse with 7.5 years of experience. I was in MedSurg the first 4.5 years with the past 3 years in Dialysis. I received my MSN in December...

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Admin Cuts PCTs in ICU

Dear Nurse Beth, I work in a20 bed MICU that decided to lay off our PCT and only have one unit secretary. This means the RNs have to transfer patients, wash down...

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New Grad Terrified of Choosing Wrong Job

Dear Nurse Beth, I need your help! I am a nursing student graduating in December 2018. I applied to February nurse residencies and didn't get my dream hospital...

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Help! Moving to WA/Idaho and Trying to Apply to School

Dear Nurse Beth, I have graduated from nursing school in 1998 in Germany, came to the USA in 2004 and worked since 2006 in the same Hospital, first as ER tech...

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Wants L&D After 12 Year Gap

Dear Nurse Beth, I am an older RN with 20 years nursing experience. I have worked 17 of those years in hospital doing ER, L&D and Med Surg. I want L&D but its...


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