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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA,'s career advice columnist and president of Cardillo & Associates, is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur and author of "Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional" and "The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career."

She brings more than 20 years of clinical, management and business experience to her role as career guru.
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What can nursing staff do if their unit manager overlooks concerns about bullying by a clinical nurse manager?
Date: Sep 2, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Hi Donna, I work in a hospital and have two bosses, a clinical manager and a nurse manager..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Highly Anxious, Most organizations have strict policies against harassment, abusive behavior and hostile work environments. Familiarize yourself with your employer's policy an... read more

Is it too late to send a thank you note two weeks after an interview?
Date: Sep 1, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I had an interview two weeks ago and haven't heard anything back yet. Is it to..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Belated Thank You, While the interview follow-up or thank-you note is traditionally sent within 24 hours after the interview, it is perfectly okay to send it now. If the posit... read more

What can I do if my manager at my new job does not allow me to work to my full capacity and the department director will not do anything about it?
Date: Aug 29, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been in my current position for two years. I came to the position with ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feels Diminished, Not every position is right for every person. Also, not every job works out as we had hoped it would. It sounds like you have given this one more than a chan... read more

What's the best route for a person with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience to go about becoming a pediatric nurse?
Date: Aug 28, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience. I have now deci..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Deciding Between a BSN and MSN, The quickest way for you to become an RN at this point would be to enter an accelerated BSN program. Once you graduate and start working, you c... read more

What can an RN do when she realizes the new job she's in is not a good fit?
Date: Aug 27, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I recently accepted a position in an office setting because it was close to ho..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Bored and Not Fitting In, Two months is long enough to know if the job is right for you or not. And this one sounds like it doesn't suit you. Don't despair. It happens. I once... read more

How can an RN from Nigeria relocate to the U.S. for work and study?
Date: Aug 26, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN/RM in an ED in Nigeria. I want to relocate to the U.S. for further ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Relocate to the USA from Nigeria, I would recommend you look for an international nursing agency that recruits nurses from your country to the U.S. The advantage of w... read more

How can an RN find a job at a hospital if she was terminated from her first hospital job?
Date: Aug 25, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been an RN for four years. Immediately following graduation from nursin..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Devastated in NJ, I'm sorry to hear about this whole situation for many reasons. I also am disappointed to hear that you came to an agreement with your employer and they suppo... read more

Is it necessary to get a master's degree in nursing informatics before looking for jobs in that specialty?
Date: Aug 22, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Is it necessary to get a master's degree in nursing informatics before looking..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Informatics, You do not need any additional education to embark on a career in nursing/healthcare informatics. Your nursing credentials and experience, combined ... read more

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