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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RN as Patient Sitter?

Dear Nurse Beth, Many times on a hospital floor patients with severe dementia are bed jumpers. When they are unsteady on their feet they pose a danger to...

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Quitting Small Residency for Bigger, Better Residency

Dear Nurse Beth, I just started as a nurse resident at a small community hospital. The managers, educators, and staff have all seemed very supportive and helpful...

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Crippling Test Anxiety

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm in the process of applying for NP school, I want to become a FNP. The only thing holding me back is the instant anxiety I feel thinking...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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On Probation for Pain Med Administration

Dear Nurse Beth, I am on a 3 year probation for not charting correctly and not following doctors' orders with regards to how often to give pain meds - I have...

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Can I Be Forced to Change Hours?

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a healthcare worker MedTech. I've been on the job 10 years. This is what's going on, they're harassing me. I was hired to work midnight to 8...

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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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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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Should New Grad Play it Safe or Take a Risk?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a new graduate nurse and recently accepted a position in my hometown on a general pediatrics floor. I got a call today that I was accepted...

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You Have Three Seconds to Get an Employer's Attention
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You Have Three Seconds to Get an Employer's Attention

This article is featured in the July 2018 edition of our allnurses Magazine...Download allnurses Magazine Now! I'd planned to consolidate my travel nurse...

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CNA Violating HIPAA

Dear Nurse Beth, I have a question regarding home health and CNA's. We have a CNA that calls/texts the primary nurses too many times a day for things that are...

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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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New Grad Feels Hopeless

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a new RN graduate. I haven't found a comprehensive info about steps in applying for nursing jobs through the new graduate residency program....

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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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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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FNP without Acute Care Experience?

Dear Nurse Beth, I graduated with my BSN in 2015. I pursued work as a RN Supervisor in a subacute for 5 months. I then worked as a credentialed school nurse...

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Needlestick Not Reported

Dear Nurse Beth, Can you report a needle stick injury the next day? Dear Injury, You should report it right away. Injuries should be reported when they...

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