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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Burnt out on Working Weekends and Holidays

Dear Nurse Beth, I have been a nurse for a little over a year and a half now in labor and delivery and love the work I do itself. However, I recently have...

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Observant Jew Cannot Work Saturday Shifts

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a nurse with 4 years experience. I am also an observant Jew hence I observe the Sabbath. At my current job, I work every Sunday instead of...

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No one wants to hire me

Dear Nurse Beth, I really want to be a Postpartum nurse. I graduated in Dec of 2015 and I started working in October of 2016. I worked in Med/Surg for 3 months and...

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Should I Go into Debt for Nursing School?

Dear Nurse Beth, I have gone through a long and tough road on the pathway to nursing. I never realized how difficult it was to get into a program in order to get...

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If I leave acute care, can I come back?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am an acute care nurse currently with 3 years of experience. Although I fully intend to continue acute care and possibly transition to...

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Took NCLEX in 2016 but Cannot Get Nursing Job

Dear Nurse Beth, Here's my background in chronological order: I received my BSN from the Philippines in 2006. Migrated to the US right after that; did not take...

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Tired of Tele- Should I go to ED or Case Management?

Dear Nurse Beth, I am at a crossroads in my nursing career. I have been working as a medsurgtele nurse for going on 8 years and more recently feeling burnt out....

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Placed on Performance Improvement Plan and Angry

Dear Nurse Beth, I have been advised I am being placed on a PIP. I am very angry and feel it is unnecessary. I want to seek legal counsel and direct my issues...

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New Grad's Spirit is Broken

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a new grad about 9 months into my first job...in the ICU. I have had 2 performance evals and the first was "you're doing a good job,...

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Criminal Infraction? Writing a Letter of Explanation to the BON
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Criminal Infraction? Writing a Letter of Explanation to the BON

A criminal history does not mean that you cannot become a nurse, but it may mean extra work and extra expenses. If you have a previous offense, maybe you, like...

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Should I take a risky DON position?

Dear Nurse Beth, I have worked as a correctional LVN, RN, Supervising RN, and DON of a prison as well as acute care nursing. At my last facility I was the DON and...

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Fired at Age 61- do I have a chance?

Dear Nurse Beth, I got fired. Turns out nurses don't eat just their young. My question is what now? I've got plenty of experience and I can get good...

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How to Explain Gap in Employment

Dear Nurse Beth, I am creating a cover letter for potential jobs, I graduated in 2013 with my BSN and began working with a pain management clinic which I did for...

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Should I Call it Quits?

Dear Nurse Beth, Should I call it quits? I am a new nurse (full-time position) with 10+ years of experience as a Medical Assistant. At the beginning of my...

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Dropped in Last Semester

Dear Nurse Beth, What should I do if I was dismissed from a nursing program halfway through the last semester of the program? Where should I look to find a...

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Failed MedSurg, Should I Try Again?

Dear Nurse Beth, I went to nursing school (LVN) about 7 years after receiving my Bachelor's in Kinesiology from a teaching college. I immediately became an...

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New grad told to sink or swim

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm currently a new grad RN in an ED. I have two years experience as an ED tech so the ED is not a completely new environment to me. My...

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NP makes less than RN

Dear Nurse Beth, I am an experienced nurse practitioner for 18 years and now I am practicing in Northern California. I was distressed to find out that some of...

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Nurse Needs Job but Faints at Sight of Blood

Dear Nurse Beth, I need help with finding a Nursing job. I graduated four years ago and only held an RN position for 4-5 months at a family office. I have a...

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How Can I Stand Out and Land a Job?

Dear Nurse Beth, Currently, I'm in Austin, TX. We are planning to move to Raleigh, NC when I can get a job. NC is a compact state (making it much easier). We...

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Can't Find a Job With Encumbered License

Dear Nurse Beth, I have an encumbered RN license, three years probation with stipulation that I work 4 hrs/week for 6 months or I will lose my license. I have...

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How to Explain Gap in Employment

Dear Nurse Beth, How do you account for gaps in employment due to disability? I developed a chronic illness when I was a teenager and it didn't get accurately...

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