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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, Nurse.com'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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How does an RN whose license was revoked for 4 years find a job as a nurse?
Date: Jul 30, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, My license was revoked by default because I failed to update my address with t..
Dear Donna replies- Dear License Revoked, It is challenging for me to respond to your question without knowing all the details. A four-year revocation, if that is what you are inferring, for a simple ... read more

What is the liability to RNs required to work outside the obstetrics, L&D and nursing specialties areas where they typically work?
Date: Jul 29, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Our hospital is floating our obstetrics, labor and delivery and nursery nurses..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Does Not Want to Float, Floating, in general, is a common practice in hospitals and there are situations and employers where specialized nurses are asked to float to other are... read more

How does an RN with extensive hospital and ambulatory care experience find his/her next position?
Date: Jul 28, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How do I become more marketable? I have 25 years of experience in ED and 11 ye..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Become More Marketable, The hospital job market as well as the entire healthcare delivery system is evolving and shifting so don't take it personally. What worked for... read more

In order to work in an urgent care center should I have ED experience?
Date: Jul 25, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, In order to work in an urgent care center must I have emergency room experienc..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering About Experience, While every employer is different in terms of what it requires or prefers, emergency room experience is not an automatic prerequisite to work in ur... read more

From Facebook: Can you address life after nursing?
Date: Jul 24, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, From Facebook: Can you address life after nursing? Looking for a New Life Dear..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for a New Life, By life after nursing, I am assuming you mean retirement. The word retirement is being redefined in our society. While many nurses retire from one job,... read more

Can you provide some information regarding NCLEX?
Date: Jul 23, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, From Facebook: Can you provide some information regarding NCLEX? Seeking Licen..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Seeking Licensure Info, I'm not sure what type of info about NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN you're seeking, but you should be able to find what you're looking for on the website of the ... read more

How do I find nurse refresher courses that are legitimate?
Date: Jul 22, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - From Facebook: How do I find refresher courses that are legitimate? Needs Refreshing Dear ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Refreshing, Many state boards of nursing (https://www.ncsbn.org/contactbon.htm) and state chapters of the American Nurses Association (http://nursingworld.org/Functional... read more

Can an RN educated in Puerto Rico, who has not practiced as an RN for 10 years in the U.S., take a refresher course in the U.S.?
Date: Jul 21, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, From Facebook: I am a nurse from Puerto Rico and I have not worked as a nurse ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Educated in Puerto Rico, You typically need a U.S. RN license to take a refresher course in the U.S. That is because your clinical time, as part of the course, will be done in... read more

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