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.

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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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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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Juvenile Arrest: Did I ruin my chance to be a nurse?

Dear Daisy, You did not ruin your future, and it is highly unlikely you ruined your chances of being a nurse. You were thirteen. You are by no means alone in...

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Didn't Pass NCLEX - Where can I work to get hospital experience?

Hi Nurse Beth, I graduated BSN on 2007 in the Philippines. I have earned my RN license there as well. Now that I'm in Houston I have taken the NCLEX-RN exam but...

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New Grad starting the job hunt - Where do I start?

Hi Nurse Beth, I'm currently stuck right now. I am a new grad who passed my NCLEX-RN the past April and I took this summer to relax and now I am starting to...

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New Grad Interviews - What should I take?

Hello Nurse Beth! I have two new grad interviews coming up, and both are panel interviews. I know that I need to take several copies of my resume, but one...

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Will be finishing orientation and getting married - Can I request time off for honeymoon?

Good evening! I had a question for you and anyone you think might have a good opinion to. I am a BSN and work at children's hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. My...

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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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Minor Self Harm Scars - Can I be denied employment?

Hi Nurse Beth, Can I be denied a job as an ER nurse due to minor self harm scars? They are located on 1 thigh, and only one small scar is visible. But will they...

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Pursuing a career as an Aesthetic Nurse/NP

Hello Nurse Beth, I posted this question on allnurses.com, haven't received a reply. Hopefully you can help me. Or at least guide me in the right direction. I...

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Upcoming Grad - Baby now or later?

Hello, I will graduate with my BSN in December 2016, and I plan on taking the nclex right after. However, my husband and I were thinking about having a child...

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Can I Refuse an Assignment?

Our most recent PEDS patient, one year old, had back to back seizures and because we are a small facility, he was transferred to a children's hospital once he was...

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SNF/Rehab - I hate my job!

Dear Beth, I am an associates prepared RN. I have had my license for 8 months and have been working as an RN for 7 months. I HATE my job. It is making me regret...

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How do I become a Forensic Nurse?

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a high school student and I want to become a Forensic Nurse but I am very confused on the process to becoming one. Can you please tell me...


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