Ask Nurse Beth: Career Advice - page 25

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.

Nursing Advice Column

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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What do I say when the interviewer asks why I left my previous job?

Dear Nurse Beth, I have been an RN for 1 year and ten months. During that time, and after many applications, I was offered a job at a SNF which I accepted. I...

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New Grad - Should I hold out for Acute Care or try LTC/Rehab?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a new grad and have been searching for jobs for the past few months (not a long time I know). So far none of the big hospitals I have...

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MA student looking for online LPN courses

Dear Nurse Beth, Hi, I am currently in school for medical assisting. I will graduate very soon and hopefully be a registered medical assistant. I would like to...

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Are there utilization review certification courses?

Hi Nurse Beth, I am an RN with 30 years experience in acute medical, respiratory, geriatrics, psych and developmental disabilities. Are there any courses to...

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I need a new resume - Help!

Dear Nurse Beth, Please help. I am an RN ADN. My 1st job is a nursing home. Been there 2 years and want to go to hospital. I am 52, I became a nurse late in...

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Nursing Student with Learning Disability

Dear Nurse Beth, I am currently in school and taking online courses for a different major. I want to change my major into nursing and I am running into a few...

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Should I get my masters? 48 years old with 24 years experience

Dear Nurse Beth, After 24 yrs as an RN with AA degree I am finally completing my BSN. I have a desire to continue on for my masters, however, have never been...

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Should I work as a CNA or PCT?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am in my mid-thirties and halfway through nursing school. I have not worked since after I graduated college. I am doing great in school,...

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I Want a Position of a Cardio-Pulmonary Unit

Dear Nurse Beth, I have recently learned through a VERY reliable source(very hush-hush) that my 16-bed LTC unit will soon be converted to a 10-bed...

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Working Options for Nursing Students

Dear Nurse Beth, I begin nursing school this fall. Besides CNA work, what are some other good employment avenues for nursing students? Dear Fall Nursing...

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How do I become a CRNA?

Dear Nurse Beth, Hi, just wanted to ask on how to be a nurse anesthesiologist? How many years of experience needed as a nurse and what is the best area/ward to...

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Doubting myself because I want to be a nurse so I can "give back"

Dear Nurse Beth, I am 27 years old. I take my final prereq this fall, and assuming I can pass the teas test I submit my application this fall to the nursing...

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Nursing student needs help getting CNA hospital job

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a CNA/phlebotomist that just started nursing school and I've been trying to get into a hospital career for 3 years. I have assisted living...

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Traveling RN Wants to Get BSN While On the Road

Dear Traveling RN/Wants BSN, Excellent! and lucky for you, there has never been a better time to advance your education and enhance your earning potential by...

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How do I get that first elusive acute care job?
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How do I get that first elusive acute care job?

Dear New Grad, Getting your PALS will not directly help you to land a non-ED, non-Peds position in acute care. Actually, while most new grads amass...

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How do you lose your license??

Dear How Do you Lose Your License, Management is a tough job, kudos to you. You are smack in between administration and staff nurses, trying to get staff nurses...

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Should I look out of state for a job?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a recent BSN graduate living in the Philadelphia area. It is tough to find a job without one year of experience here so I am considering...

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Graduating in 2 months : Is it too early to start applying for jobs?

Hi Nurse Beth, I'm a student nurse who will be graduating with my ADN in less than two months. I'm a career changer, prior military for 8 years with no medical...

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Nursing Career and Nude Photos

Dear Nurse Beth Can you still be a nurse if you have done adult photos? I haven't done porn but lots of nudes as I am proud of my body. Dear Nude Photos ...

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Help, I hate Vomit - Can I still be a nurse??

Dear Nurse Beth, Do you have any advice for dealing with vomit? I truly want to become a nurse but I have a severe issue with vomit. The smell and the feeling of...

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Recent hiree - Do I need manager's permission to apply for Dream Job?

Dear Nurse Beth, I was hired onto a Med/Surg Tele floor, just over 4 months ago. The day I accepted my position I got the call with a second job offer in my...

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Applying for new position - Worried about work history

Dear Nurse Beth, I started off as a new grad on a med surg unit and stayed for 1.5 years. During my experience there I was part of our practice council, various...


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