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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA,'s career advice columnist is president of Known as The Inspiration Nurse, she is a keynote speaker, retreat and seminar leader, 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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What should a nurse at a state-run facility do when tasked with crushing patient meds that should not be crushed and there is no doctor's order?
Date: Jan 19, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I work at a state run facility that has recently adopted a policy to crush gab..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for Medication Administration Advice, This situation definitely needs prompt clarification. Whenever you have this type of question, you should first go to your immedi... read more

How can an experienced chemical dependency and detox RN find a job in her speciality after relocating to a new area?
Date: Jan 16, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have experience working with chemical dependency and detox, from triage to d..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for Chemical Dependency Work, While does not provide job placement services, you will find many job openings listed here where you can search by area and spe... read more

How can a nurse in Nigeria find a good nursing school and get a scholarship?
Date: Jan 15, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a Nigerian registered and a licensed nurse, with about three years workin..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Nigerian Nurse, You don't mention what level of nursing education you are looking for (bachelors, masters, doctoral) but you can search by U.S. state and the type of program a... read more

How can an experienced nurse get a job in medical billing/coding?
Date: Jan 14, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been a RN for 19 years and I'm interested in working as a nurse in medi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Coding and Billing, To learn what you need to know to work in this specialty, you will need to do one of two things: Find a position in a setting where training ... read more

Should a new nurse who feels unchallenged in new job take an offer to enter a residency program and work in the mother/baby unit?
Date: Jan 12, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a new nurse out of school for one year. I was able to find a job in publi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Not Sure What To Do, As a new nurse in a competitive and challenging job market and in a situation where neither choice is ideal, it is usually best to go with the one offerin... read more

Is it possible for an RN with extensive experience in adult ICU settings to move into ambulatory care?
Date: Jan 9, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been an RN for 14 years working solely at the bedside, mostly in the ad..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Help, There are many positions in the broad specialty of ambulatory care that offer part-time and home-based opportunities. With care shifting out of the hospitals an... read more

What else can a new BSN graduate with nurse volunteer experience and an unpaid LTC internship do to find a job?
Date: Jan 8, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a new BSN. I earned my RN license in 2011, and wasted a year searching fo..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Frustrated New Nurse, You don't mention what types of employers you are applying to, but one of the most important things you need to know is the job market for nurses is comp... read more

Can you offer suggestions on how an ED nurse can deal with feelings of work-related frustration and burnout?
Date: Jan 7, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have found that at times I am losing patience and compassion at my job. I wo..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Burned Out, There are many possible reasons for your feelings and many possible solutions. I will explore a few of them here. Start by reading "How Nancy Nurse got her groove ... read more

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