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Nurse Beth MSN


Hi! Nice to meet you! I love helping new nurses in all my various roles. I work in a hospital in Staff Development, and am a blogger (nursecode.com), author (Your Last Nursing


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    Do I Need my BSN to Travel?

    Dear Nurse Beth, I am considering to go back to school to get a BSN. I would like to travel and I am wondering if a BSN is more attractive to employers. I have been in the Dialysis section of Nursing for about two years now. Dear Wants to Travel, It is important to get your BSN and I hope you will. You will have a lot more career options with a BSN. As far as traveling, it's not required to have your BSN. Agencies do not require it, although it's possible a hospital may prefer or even require their Travelers to have a BSN. When a hospital hires Travelers, it's because they are in need and what is important is experience. Travelers are expected to hit the ground running. Best wishes, Nurse Beth Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!
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    Nurses Call the Governor of Tennessee

    The state of TN is prosecuting nurse Radonda Vaught for reckless homicide. You can contact the Governor or DA to let him know what you think about this choice. Governor Bill Lee 1st Floor, State Capitol Nashville, TN 37243 (615) 741-2001 email: bill.lee@state.tn.us District Attorney Glenn Funk
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    Loan Forgiveness for NPs

    Dear Nurse Beth, I saw you on AllNurses and you seemed so supportive, so I thought I'd reach out. I wanted to see if you knew anything about HRSA for PMHNPs. I was hoping to connect with someone who had received a scholarship or loan forgiveness via a HRSA program (NHSC or Nurse Corps). If this person was a PMHNP, that would be ideal! Dear Reaching Out, Thank you for the kind words! There's opportunity in Medically Underserved Areas (MUA). MUAs meet certain criteria: Ratio of primary medical care physicians per 1,000 population Infant mortality rate Percentage of the population with incomes below the poverty level Percentage of the population age 65 or over People living in designated MUAs suffer from lack of access to preventative care, and many have worsening chronic conditions. In some clinics and critical access hospitals, NPs are offered loan reimbursement as a recruiting strategy. There are also Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) HPSAs are so designated when the HHS Secretary determines a provider shortage A geographic area, population group or health care facility can be designated as an HPSA. Here are the eligibility requirements: Be a licensed registered nurse (nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses are encouraged to apply) or nurse faculty Have completed your training (diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate) an accredited educational program Be employed full time (at least 32 hours per week) at a critical shortage facility Be a U.S. citizen (born or naturalized) or National and Lawful Permanent Resident Have graduated from an accredited school of nursing located in a U.S. State Also check out Nurse Corps and National Health Service Corps. National Health Service Corps (NHSC) clinicians must serve at approved HPSA sites. Millions of dollars are awarded to expand primary health coverage. Funding preference is based on the facility you work and and your financial need. HPSAs with a score of 14 or higher signify greater need. It can be very rewarding to serve in a MUA and there is funding to help you do it. Best wishes, Nurse Beth Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!
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    RN Since 2014 Needs First Job

    Dear Nurse Beth, I became RN last 2014 and due to some personal issues and financial issues here in our country i'll not be able to continue my nursing career or look for a nursing job, I decided to work in a different industry and it's completely different field. Now i quit my job and will start to look for a hospital because i want to pursue my dreams. Would you think there's still some hospital who will accept someone like me ? Thank you so much. Dear 2014 RN, You will not be eligible for most new grad residencies even though you have no experience, because they are offered to RNs who graduated no more than a year ago. Take a nursing refresher course to update your skills. The course instructors and other students may be able to provide some hiring leads. Consider working in subacute to get started. After a year or so, your chances of getting hired in acute will be much better. Best wishes, Nurse Beth Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!
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    Nurse Charged With Homicide

    it reminds me of the story about Kim Hiatt, too. She was the nurse at Seattle Children's who committed suicide. Her story is here in the article When Nurses Make Fatal Errors
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    Nurse Gives Lethal Dose of Vecuronium Instead of Versed

    Right but why was she put in the position of a help all nurse if she was so inexperienced?
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    Nurse Charged With Homicide

    Red or white?
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    Nurse Charged With Homicide

    Perhaps she wasn't fully trained to be a "help all" nurse. She wasn't familiar with Versed, so clearly a lack of experience. Meaning...why did Vanderbilt put her in this position? Shame.
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    Nurse Charged With Homicide

    Radonda Vaught, a 35 year old nurse who worked at the University of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been indicted on charges of reckless homicide. Read Nurse Gives Lethal Dose of Vecuronium Radonda is the nurse who mistakenly gave Vecuronium (a paralytic) to a patient instead of Versed. The patient died.
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    Am I Blacklisted?

    Dear Nurse Beth, How can I tell if I've been blacklisted? Dear Blacklisted, Employers and recruiters would never openly admit to having blacklists as willful and malicious job obstruction is illegal. While there is no official, universal "blacklist", blacklists do exist and there are ways to unofficially give a poor reference. One sign of being blacklisted is to suddenly have a job offer withdrawn late in the process. Another is if your job search is unusually difficult in a good market. Reasons recruiters and employers blacklist employees or potential employees are for bad behavior; excessive absenteeism; failure to show for an interview, insubordination and incompetence. The policy in many companies is that HR can only answer yes or no when asked if a previous employee is eligible for rehire, without explanation. This protects the company from liability. Likewise, many employers will only divulge start dates, end dates, and titles. In reality, a manager contacted as a reference can easily give a disparaging reference without really saying anything, by lack of enthusiasm or strategic inflection. It's not professional, but a manager could say"Oh, Sean? ........ya........he was ......ummm....fine" if they wanted to communicate that the employee was a poor performer. Or they could simply say "No comment", which has the same effect. If you think a reference you are providing is giving negative feedback, do not use that reference. If you believe a previous employer is blacklisting you, you can reach out and ask for a 1:1 conversation. Ask what went wrong and how you could have been a better employee. There are other reasons for job rejections. Employers may check your credit history and will check your social media postings. Make sure your resume is pristine and your interview skills are honed as they may also be the culprits. Best wishes, Nurse Beth Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!
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    Bitter and Out of Options

    Dear Nurse Beth, Any advice for a new grad RN who can't seem to find a job? I live in a big metroplex so I'm aware that can contribute to the problem. I currently work as a PCT for a community hospital that is part of one of the largest hospital systems in my area and I've told my manager about my current status but I feel like I'm being pigeon-holed at this point. I would have loved to stay at my current hospital as an RN but it seems that despite the "job openings" that they post, they rather stay short staffed and save money instead of hiring a new nurse. I know I'm being bitter but I feel like I'm out of options. Dear Bitter, Congrats on getting your license! You are disappointed because your home hospital did not hire you, and that's understandable. But it's time to turn the bitterness into focused energy and get a job. You are in a very narrow window of time as a new grad. You have new grad status for about 1 year after graduation and it's important that you land a job during that time frame. This is the time you are eligible for new grad residencies, which provides the most support for transition to practice. You may need to cast a broader net and relocate. There are definitely new grad friendly hospitals, although you may have to move out of the big city to find them. Later on, once you gain 2-3 years experience, you will be marketable anywhere. Check in with your classmates and find out where they are applying. There are FaceBook groups for new grads in certain areas, like California, Your resume and cover letter must be pristine, and your interview skills on point. I wrote the book below for new grads just like yourself, to walk them through every aspect of the hiring process, and gain needed skills. Best wishes, Nurse Beth Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!
  12. Agree with Been there, done that. Being tired is one thing, hardly being able to get yourself up is another. Take care.
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    I want to be a Writer! Any tips?

    Have you thought about writing for allnurses? At the bottom of the page is a link that says We Need Writers! It's great exposure with a huge audience
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    Over using sympathy card

    That's a good question, but like DaveyDoo, I haven't seen it in nursing. I've seen the opposite, such as the ICU nurse who lost her twin teenage boys in an accident. She took time off from work, and the first time I saw her afterwards, we rode up in the elevator together. I was amazed at her peace and composure. And courage. But ALL of us suffer losses, because life happens to everyone. Divorce, heartbreak, wayward children, illness, sick parents...and we show up at work through it all. I compartmentalize at those times, and usually focusing on work and patients helped me get through the shift.