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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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I would like to apply for a job in staff development where I'm employed, but wonder if it's okay to speak with nurses who work there?
Date: Sep 29, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been working at a hospital for 12 years. I am enrolled in an MSN progra..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Work In Staff Development, Now is the perfect time to start gearing up for making that transition once you complete your degree. Depending on the relationship you hav... read more

Any suggestions as to what areas I can apply my legal nurse consulting skills without having to have recent clinical experience?
Date: Sep 26, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been a legal nurse consultant for 17 years. Recently, my position was e..
Dear Donna replies- Dear LNC, Your LNC experience is valuable in some key areas, particularly risk management and fraud investigation. Risk management is a great direction for you to go. These positio... read more

On job applications, is it okay to answer "No" when it is asked if my current employer can be contacted?
Date: Sep 25, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, On job applications, they often ask if they can contact your current employer...
Dear Donna replies- Dear Discreet Job Seeker, It is normal for a job applicant to not want their current employer to know they are looking, and prospective employers understand this. They ask the ques... read more

A RN friend of mine was denied a job due to her chronic pain and being on medication. What would her best action be and would this be considered a disability?
Date: Sep 24, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, A friend of mine who is an RN was denied a job due to her chronic pain and bei..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Supportive Friend, It is always challenging to respond to a question like this without knowing all of the particulars. For example, how was it discovered that your friend is t... read more

One year ago my three-year probation was lifted but I still cannot find a job. Do you have any advice?
Date: Sep 23, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, My license was put on probation for three years for unprofessional conduct. Wh..
Dear Donna replies- Dear was on probation, I am a little confused about the details of your current and past situation and the time line. You say you worked the entire time you were on unrestricted pr... read more

Is the use of medication aides taking jobs away from nurses?
Date: Sep 22, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I noticed in an assisted living facility while the RN is doing things like colostomy care ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering About Assisted Living Nursing, Many states have long allowed medication aides or techs, with proper training, to distribute oral medications primarily in the long-te... read more

What can a nurse with an ADN degree, who is having a difficult time finding a job, do?
Date: Sep 19, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a nurse who graduated four years ago with ADN degree. I had a hard time p..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Delayed Start, Congratulations on passing NCLEX. In spite of your delayed start, you are experiencing some of the same hurdles as a nurse just out of nursing school. This is b... read more

Is it true that once I graduate, I need 2 years of experience in med/surg?
Date: Sep 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a student nurse in her third year of a BSN program, and I don't like med-..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Doesn't Like Med-surg, Take heart. While many well-meaning nurses may pass on age-old advice about working in med-surg for two years right out of school, it is not now, and ne... read more

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