Ask Nurse Beth: Career Advice - page 3

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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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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RN Can't Afford to Work as NP

Dear Nurse Beth, I am now half way through NP school. I am beginning to worry about pay and job prospects. I am currently a transport nurse and really like my...

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What Am I Doing Wrong?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am an ASN who is currently bridging to my MSN. I have completed my BSN work but will not be conferred a degree d/t bridging my program. I have...

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New Grad Fired After 2 Weeks

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a new grad who graduated this summer with my BSN. I was let go from my first nursing job only after 2 weeks. I graduated with honors and...

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Accused of Abuse

Dear Nurse Beth, I recently interviewed for a dream job for me - being a government inspector for long-term care facilities. One of the last questions was if I...

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I.HATE. My. Job

Dear Nurse Beth, I hate my job. I've been working as a theatre nurse for 3 years now. In the first 9months, I loved it, noticed the negatives but chose to...

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I Don't Have Leprosy- Why Can't I Get a Job?

Dear Nurse Beth, I can't find a nursing job. I have been a nurse since 1983. I have applied to over 200 hundred jobs since 2013 when I got my Masters degree. I...

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I was bullied out of my job

She made up stories about me and accused me of being unsafe. My manager believed these stories, wrote me up, and put a performance plan in place, even though I told...

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1 RN to 45 patients-should I leave?

Dear Nurse Beth, I wanted to ask for your opinion. I've been a RN for a little over a year. Currently work in healthcare/assisted living at a nursing home. I...

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Is it a waste of my talent to go into Home Health?

Dear Nurse Beth, I work on a busy cardiac telemetry floor at a large hospital. I love my job most days despite how hectic and stressful it sometimes gets. The...

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Retiring in 3 yrs, Should I Get my CEN Certificate?

Dear Nurse Beth, I earned my BSN in 1980 and worked in a variety of settings over the years, mostly critical care. I've worked in the ER FOR THE LAST 10 years. I...

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New to Night Shift - How will I survive??
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New to Night Shift - How will I survive??

Dear Going to Nights, Congratulations on landing your first nursing job! So exciting and I hope you love it. Night Shift is Different... and it Takes Time ...

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Help! Can't Decide Between 2 Job Offers

Dear Nurse Beth, I graduated last year but have not had good luck findinga RN New Grad Residency position. Now, I have 2 options: (1) Go a well known out of...

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Fentanyl Med Error?

Dear Nurse Beth, I have a resident who has a fentanyl patch. When I read the paper MAR where the day was blocked off it looked as though it was due yesterday so...

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How much do RNs make in other states?

Dear Nurse Beth, Where can you find the most accurate information on RN pay in certain areas? I am looking to relocate to Wilmington, NC, and cannot get a good...

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Regrets Leaving Bedside Practice

Dear Nurse Beth, This summer I'll have been a nurse for 3 years. I started out on a med/surg oncology unit in a hospital and burned out from that very quickly. ...

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Taking Job Hopping to a New Level

Dear Nurse Beth, I think I have taken job hopping to a new level. I am an RN of 27 years who has had ten jobs in the past eight years, some for as briefly as a...

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Forced to Flex Off

Dear Nurse Beth, My hospital, that I have worked at for the past 23 years, has started a new "Flexing down for low Census" policy. Our new CEO's newsletters...

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Can't Choose Between 2 Residencies

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm graduating this month and I have been offered two different residencies. Here are the pros and cons of both place. Hospital A ICU -...

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Extreme Job Hopping

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a RN with 2yrs tele/med Surg, and a couple months of home health experience. I happily made it out the hospital and tried HH. I loved...

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I Put my Organization at Risk

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a nurse that works in quality Improvement within Dialysis. I made some mistakes and gave too much information that showed some weaknesses in...

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New Grad Loses Job at 3 Months

Dear Nurse Beth, I recently got terminated from my first New Grad Job, after 3 months. I'll spare a lot of details, but I basically didn't get any direction or...

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