Beth Hawkes, MSN, RN-BC, is a Nursing Professional Development Specialist with a broad background in acute care. She is published in the Association of Nurses in Professional Development (ANPD) journal and former editor of MEDSURG Matters, a publication of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN). She is a subject-matter expert for several large nursing organizations, including the American Nurses Association (ANA). Hawkes is a nationally known career counselor and columnist with an award-winning nursing blog, nursecode.com.