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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 am awaiting my APRN license and revising my resume. Is there a site where I can view templates or examples of new graduate NP resumes and cover letters?
Date: Oct 3, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, After a yearlong journey of locating a preceptor in Houston in order to comple..
Dear Donna replies- Dear New NP, Regarding your first question above, that statement sounds like something one might use as an objective on a resume. I don't recommend using an objective on a resume a... read more

I don't understand why on an application they ask how much I earned at my previous jobs. I thought each facility had their own starting rates.
Date: Oct 2, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I don't understand why on an application they ask how much I earned at my prev..
Dear Donna replies- Dear got the job application blues, Filling out job applications can undoubtedly be a frustrating task. Try to understand that the forms, including the questions you mention, are s... read more

I have been in a state program for over four years, have cleaned up my addiction, but cannot find a job. Why are nurses like me shunned even after correcting our issues?
Date: Oct 1, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been in my state's nurse assistance program for over four years since I..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feeling Shunned, I hear your frustration. Let me first assure you many nurses before you have overcome the same obstacles and been able to get their nursing careers back on tr... read more

Does a nurse with many years of experience in med/surg, ICU and outpatient need a life coach for his next step?
Date: Sep 30, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN with a, BSN for 34 years, and I have worked 17 years almost always ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Something Less Demanding, Clearly it's time for a change. The good news is nursing offers so many more and varied opportunities than most realize. And many of them do no... read more

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 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

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