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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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Is it OK to put both pages of my resume on one sheet of paper?
Date: Apr 23, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Is it OK to put both pages of my resume on one sheet of paper, front and back?..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Environmentally Conscious, While using less paper is a nice idea, it is still traditional and expected to use separate sheets of paper for each page of your resume, printing o... read more

Does an RN need to be certified as a school nurse to work in the speciality?
Date: Apr 22, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am interested in school nursing but can't find out if I need to be certified..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested In School Nursing, The National Association of School Nurses (www.nasn.org) supports certification for school nurses but it is not required of all school nurses to ... read more

Is it a good idea to send a headshot along with a resume to improve my chance of getting a job?
Date: Apr 21, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I will graduate soon from a BSN program. I know the job market is not great so..
Dear Donna replies- Dear New Nurse, It is not considered appropriate to include a photo of yourself on your resume. The reason is that someone could make a case that an employer was unfairly influence... read more

Would most physician's offices require hospital experience? What is the role of an RN in a physician's office?
Date: Apr 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - What is the role of an RN inside a physician's office? I ask because I saw an ad where the..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering What RNs Do In A Medical Office, The role of an RN in a physician's office is varied depending on the size of the practice, the services offered, the specialty and s... read more

How hard do you think it would be for an RN with 5 years experience to find a job in a few years if she quits soon to raise her young children?
Date: Apr 17, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been a nurse for five years, working mostly in med-surg and telemetry. ..
Dear Donna replies- With decisions like this, you have to follow your heart and do what works best for you and your family. The rest will work itself out. Keep in mind that no one on their death bed e... read more

How can a seasoned LDRP RN find a new job after a two-year absence from the workforce?
Date: Apr 16, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I worked in labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum for 29 years, but quit to be..
Dear Donna replies- Dear LDRP Nurse, Because you are so specialized, it is possible to get hired back into LDRR again. But know that the hospital job market has changed, even in the last two years. Mo... read more

What other career opportunities would you recommend for an experienced RN with electronic health record implementation experience?
Date: Apr 15, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, As an experienced RN with electronic health record implementation experience, ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Seeking Career Transitions, With your HER implementation experience, you can explore various options in the specialty of nursing/healthcare informatics. These might include sa... read more

Can someone with a back injury pursue a career as an RN?
Date: Apr 14, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Since I was a child I had always wanted to have a career in health care. I wen..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Prospective Nurse Worried About Lifting, For starters, there are nursing students and nurses with all types of disabilities and injuries including missing limbs and those conf... read more

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