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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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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

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

How much notice does a nurse have to give an employer when resigning from a job?
Date: Jul 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Do I need to give two weeks or four weeks of notice when resigning from a job?..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Resign, One of the questions I'm most frequently asked is, "How much notice do I need to give when resigning from a job?" It's policy, not opinion that matters here. ... read more

Am I too old to go back to school to further my nursing education? I fear I won't be able to keep up.
Date: Jul 17, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I know higher education is important and there is a push for nurses to attain ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Afraid to Go Back To School, One question readers often ask is, "Am I too old to go back to school to further my nursing education as I fear I won't be able to keep up?" These... read more

Would a state board of nursing consider something like case management as clinical hours?
Date: Jul 16, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, One question I often hear from nurses is, "My state board of nursing requires ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Clinical Hours, It depends because every state is different. It is best to first check with your board of nursing about their definition of clinical hours. This informat... read more

Is it true that handwritten thank you notes after an interview are preferred and considered more personal?
Date: Jul 15, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I've always heard handwritten thank you notes after an interview are preferred..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering About Writing, There was a time that handwritten interview follow-up notes were the norm but those days are long past. Today, they would be considered too folksy and... read more

How can an RN attend a career fair without it looking like he or she is trying to find another job?
Date: Jul 14, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Nurses often say to me, "'Donna, I'm nervous about attending a career fair because I'm afr..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Nervous About Attending Career Fair, If you've ever read my Dear Donna columns or articles or attended one of my seminars, you've likely heard me tout the benefits of attendin... read more

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