Ask Nurse Beth: Career Advice - page 4

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!

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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Covered Up a Narcotic Med Error

Dear Nurse Beth, The other night, during my med pass, I made an error. I had accidentally given my pt the narcotic her neighbor was to receive. They were in...

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CNA Overlooked for Advancement

Dear Nurse Beth, I have been employed as a CNA in MedSurg for 8 years. When other departments have a job opening I apply but never get hired. It frustrates me...

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Applied to 100 Jobs

Dear Nurse Beth, Let me start off by telling you about myself: - I graduated with my BSN 6 months ago. - I had a 3.8 GPA and have volunteered a lot in the...

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70 yr old looking for the right job

Dear Nurse Beth, I am 70, worked for 40 years in every capacity. Broad range of skills. Traveled for 5 yrs and now settled in AZ. outside of Tucson. Now I would...

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Returning to Work After Depression and PTSD

Dear Nurse Beth, I've been an RN for 25 years, I specialized in PICU, loved it, however I became extremely burnt out about 5 years ago. Long story short, I am on...

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New Grad Miserable Because of Management

Dear Nurse Beth, I have a concern and am hoping to get some advice on how to handle my situation. I'm a new grad RN and I am 2 months into orientation. The nurse...

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Told to Cut Corners at Work

I am a new grad nurse and I'm having trouble adjusting to my new job. I took a per diem nursing position at a nursing home and I'm having difficulty with med pass...

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Old and Ready to Give Up

Dear Nurse Beth, I am in my fifties. I have been a nurse for 30+ years. For 15 years, I had a job I loved with co-workers, I loved. I left six years ago. My...

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52 yr old Wants to be a CRNA

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a 52 years old RN-BSN with over 25 years of experience in various nursing specialties, but have been working as a Mental Health Nurse for...

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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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People are out to get me

Dear Nurse Beth, I graduated in May '16. When I started my first job, I was terrified. I worried how I was ever going to be able to handle 5-6 patients. Needless...

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Can I Do Private Duty Nursing as a Nursing Student?

Dear Nurse Beth, I was wondering if anyone could extend some advice to a Nursing Student based in Ontario in their second half of the BScN program. I recently...

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How Can I Be a Full Time Writer Like Nurse Beth?

Dear Nurse Beth, I'm an neonatal RN and part time writer. I would much rather be a full time writer. How can I follow in your footsteps and get paid more to...

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RN Treating LPNs as Beneath Them

Dear Nurse Beth, How do you combat an RN at your job who is treating LPNs in your department beneath them? Dear Not Being Treated Well, Without knowing...

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ED Nurse is Embarrassed, Disheartened and Unemployed

Dear Nurse Beth, So embarrassed and disheartened. I was fired from my last staff position. I had an elderly patient whose wife gave him too much laxative. He...

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What Happened to LPNs/LVNs in Hospitals?

Dear Nurse Beth, I've had trouble finding the answers to the subject of LPN's being eliminated from working post partum. When did that change, and what was the...

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Should I Include Clinicals on my Resume?

Dear Nurse Beth, I had a question about what all to include in a resume. I have almost 2 years as an RN and have been at the same job since I passed my NCLEX....

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Revamp my Resume

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a nurse with 9 plus years experience (6 med/surg, 3+ ambulatory surgery). I have read your book, but I am still having trouble revamping my...

How to Start a CNA Training Program
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How to Start a CNA Training Program

Dear Nurse Beth, I am RN-BSN for 12 years (Med/Surg), I am interested in starting a CNA program or Nurses Aide training school or program in my town ( Boston, MA...

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