Ask Nurse Beth: Career Advice - page 21

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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Resume content dilemma - Can I omit part of my employment history?

Dear Nurse Beth, I have a resume "content" dilemma. I worked for Employer A as a Med/Surg RN for 15 months and left in March '15 for Employer B. I was with...

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Full-Time Home Health Nurse - Need Supplemental Income

Hi Beth, I'm an RN with 23 years of home health experience. I am currently working full time and plan to keep my job however, I am looking for supplemental...

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How do I begin to get certifications?

Hello Nurse Beth, I'm not ready to start on my bachelor's yet but I still feel like I should be doing other things to continue my education, like extra...

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How do I become a Lactation Counselor?

Hello Nurse Beth! Is there a college in the US that offers a BSN in breastfeeding or lactation counseling? I thought I found one via an internet search. However,...

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Can a Criminal History Stop Me from Being a Nurse?

Dear Has Felonies, You certainly are not alone in having felonies in your past and wanting to pursue nursing. For the most part, each case is evaluated...

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Dont know if I can do this at 49!

Dear Nurse Beth, I have been in Dialysis for 17 years. I hospice for 2. Low pt census and a bear of an administrator. Want to transfer to hospital. Friends...

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2013 Grad - Still can't get acute care job

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a 46 year old nurse with an associate's degree. I graduated and received my license in 2013, however the only job that I was able to...

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Veteran night shift RN - Being forced to rotate shifts

Dear Nurse Beth, I have been a nurse for 12 years and have worked the night shift for 9 of those years. There have been a number of changes since our...

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New Grad - Which unit is best to prepare me for my long-term goal?

Hi Nurse Beth, I graduated from nursing school last May and I had an interview yesterday at a hospital that has openings on several different kinds of units....

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Placed on Performance Improvement Plan - What should I do?

Recently I have been called into the manager's office for not being fast enough, for being “rude or condescending” to the OB techs, and for “having an attitude”...

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New BSN grad -Do I have the experience needed for a hospital job?

Hi Nurse Beth, I am currently working private duty home health as an RN. I worked for this company for 7 years first as an LPN and then as an RN. I am...

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Medicaid Fraud - Am I Liable??

Dear Nurse Beth, I've just discovered that my employer is committing Medicaid fraud. I am an RN who is a fairly new employee of a small, privately owned adult...

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How to Reconcile Missing Narcotics

Hello Nurse Beth, I work the second shift; the 1st shift nurse keeps patients' meds (her shift meds) in a pill box including controlled drugs under their...

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Soon-to-be BSN Grad in May - What can I do to increase my chances of getting a Peds job?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am getting closer to graduating with my BSN in May. My passion in Nursing is Pediatrics, but knowing how competitive it is to get an...

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Recent "older" BSN Grad - Should I get my MSN?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a recent BSN grad and just started my first RN job in the type of unit that I wanted all through school. I had figured that I would spend...

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Tips for Avoiding Medication Errors
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Tips for Avoiding Medication Errors

It's very hard to avoid errors considering how I'm always 20 steps ahead of what I'm doing. I have trouble focusing on what I'm doing at the present moment (such as...

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Can't Lift 50 lbs - Will I be discriminated against?

Hi Nurse Beth, I am currently in nursing classes for my LPN. We have not yet started clinicals. My question is can medical restrictions such as not able to lift...

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What's the best way to get into Peds Ortho Residency after graduation?

Hi Nurse Beth, I am a student at UT Arlington in Texas and finishing up prerequisites. I am applying for their upper level BSN program soon. I REALLY want to...

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ADN Graduate : Feeling discouraged and overlooked for promotions in LTC

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a 37 year old who graduated from an ADN program in May. My nursing experience previous to graduation was limited to a few months of...

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Burned out after 18 Years in PICU/NICU

Hi Nurse Beth, I have been a PICU/NICU RN for 18 years and I am getting so burnt out. I think I need a change. I thought pre-op or surgery/pacu would be...

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Mid-forties Nurse - Thinking about my future

Hi Nurse Beth, I am in my mid-40's and have 6 years of nursing experience which is mostly in acute care. I am thinking about my future a lot, especially my...

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Depressed seasoned nurse of 20 yrs - Can't get hospital job

Dear Nurse Beth, I am very depressed. I am a 20 year seasoned nurse. Started working odds, then worked Critical Care, 7 years of that travel nursing in...

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