Ask Nurse Beth: Career Advice - page 16

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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Was Addicted but now Ready to Work

Hi Nurse Beth, I am returning to nursing after a long hiatus due to addiction. I have fifteen years of strong recovery and feel firmly anchored in that respect....

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Will My PhD Hurt My Nursing Career?

Hello Nurse Beth, My name is Gertrude and I got my BSN in 2008 and passed the NCLEX in 2009. I however came out of nursing and went on to graduate school to get...

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Should I get my CNA certification before RN school?

Dear Nurse Beth, I wanted to pick your brain. I am in the middle of a career change into nursing. I have been accepted in nursing school and my plan for the...

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Creating a Resume with One Year Experience
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Creating a Resume with One Year Experience

Does one still include any clinical information? For instance, my capstone took place in my specialty. Is it worth it to keep that information on there? I know that...

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I Don't Want to Stick a Patient

Dear Nurse Beth, I want to be a nurse. However, with my experience as a Medical Assistant and PCT, I am uncomfortable with sticking my patients. Why? Well, I'm...

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LVN to be Wants to be RN : What's the most realistic plan?

Hi Nurse Beth, Help! I'm in N. Cal. about to start LVN program (lottery). RN was first choice, but have waited years in various lotteries. 1) true that LVNs...

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Can't Get License Endorsed in Another State : What is the best option?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am happy to find you. You have the same name as my dearest mentor. Now I am stuck and I want to listen to your opinion on it. After...

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50 Years Old with 22 yrs Experience & Getting DNP - How do I make myself more marketable?

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm 50 and have been a nurse since 1994. My first nursing job took me from staff nurse, interim nurse manager and nurse clinician. Next, I worked...

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Seizures under control : Should I disclose epileptic diagnosis to prospective employer?

Dear Nurse Beth, I graduated with High Honors 1 year ago (with my ADN and passed the NCLEX in September 2015 . I have not been working (or even applied for an...

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Hemodialysis Nurse : Forced to work overtime or face abandonment?

Dear Nurse Beth, I have worked as an acute hemodialysis nurse for more than 4 years. My question has to do with the long hours we are sometimes required to...

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Recovering Alcoholic and Student - Will an employer hold this against me?

Hi Nurse Beth, I am a nursing student and will soon begin my first job as a CNA at a local hospital. The health history/screening form inquires about any...

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I want to grow my career - What's the best way to advance?

Hello Nurse Beth, I am an older student and former fire fighter. I graduated 2 years ago with a BSN. I already had a bachelor's in Fire Administration. My first...

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Which Masters Degree is Best?

Hi Nurse Beth, I’m undecided what path to take. I am enrolled in a RN-BSN program and start nursing classes at the end of this month with all my pre-reqs out of...

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New Grad:  How can I get experience if nobody will give me a chance?
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New Grad: How can I get experience if nobody will give me a chance?

I am getting rather down and frustrated. I am aware that they want experience but how can I get any experience if no one is willing to give me a chance to show that...

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Recent ADN Grad : Should I pursue an RN job while working on getting my BSN?

Dear Nurse Beth, I graduated with my ADN in December, passed my NCLEX-RN in March, and am currently working on completing my RN-BSN program, which I will...

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Excellent SNF - Need advice for competing with acute care and clinic recruiting

Dear Nurse Beth, We are an excellent skilled nursing facility, but are having difficulty recruiting LPNs and RNs. We can not compete with acute care on wages. Do...

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New Nurse Having Bad Experience with Nursing - How can I get on track to ED Nursing?
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New Nurse Having Bad Experience with Nursing - How can I get on track to ED Nursing?

When I finished nursing school my belief was I was going to be easily hired within my organization into the new grad program, unfortunately that was not the case....

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Need Mon-Fri Job

Hi Nurse Beth, I've worked as an RN starting out 2.5 yrs in NICU and the past 6yrs in psychiatric nursing. I enjoy it but I find that having a 7 yo daughter...

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CNA to LVN to ADN - I thought getting my RN would open more doors for me.

Dear Nurse Beth, I'll start with a little background about myself. I started first as a CNA which I hated for many reasons, got my LVN in 2012, and now my ADN in...

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Ageism - 61 Yr Old & Need to go Back to Work after 3 Yrs off Taking Care of Wife

Hi Nurse Beth, I'm a 61 year old male RN with 25 years of experience in hospitals at Med Surg and some Home Health experience. I haven't worked in 3 years...

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Surveillance at Work: Is Your Privacy Being Violated?
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Surveillance at Work: Is Your Privacy Being Violated?

Dear Being Videotaped at Work, With the caveat that I am not an attorney, the short answer is I do believe your Florida employer has to notify you if you are...

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Unhappy RN with 14 Years of Experience - Looking for the right path to pursue

Hello Nurse Beth, I have been an RN (have my BSN) for 14 years. I worked in Oncology for the first 10 years and loved it; just wanted to expand my skill set...

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