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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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What kind of education is needed to be a school nurse?
Date: May 22, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What kind of education is needed to be a school nurse? Prospective School Nurs..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Prospective School Nurse, No special or additional education is needed to get your first job as a school nurse. If you ever wanted to become a certified school nurse, then som... read more

How does an RN get a job with a probationary license?
Date: May 21, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I was a victim of domestic violence and as I was walking away from my life, I ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Ready to Get Back, For starters, nothing is impossible. The Legal Aid Society ( was started years ago for those who need legal help and support and do... read more

What can someone with an H4 visa do to find a job as a nurse in the U.S.?
Date: May 21, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Hi Donna, I have been staying here for the past year while my husband is working here with..
Dear Donna replies- Dear H4 Visa Holder, When you say "I have been staying here," I'm assuming you mean in the U.S. New legislation is scheduled to be passed in the U.S. allowing more H4 visa holders ... read more

Will earning medical assistant certification help a new RN get a job in a doctor's office?
Date: May 19, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Hi Donna, I'm a new RN with only a year's experience. I would like to be an office nurse w..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Work in an Office, While some medical offices employ few if any RNs, many larger practices employ quite a few. I recently was speaking to two new nurses, each with a ... read more

What can someone with no patient care experience do for relevant work in healthcare even if they don't have the money to get a BSN?
Date: May 16, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I want to go back to school for nursing, but I am not ready financially. What ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Nurse To Be, There are relevant things you can do to gain some wonderful experience and start getting a feel for the industry and the profession. Your best options probably wo... read more

If an RN is interested in more than one job at the same facility is it OK to submit a number of applications and cover letters?
Date: May 15, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am applying to Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha, Qatar for a job, b..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Multiple Positions, It is not uncommon for a nurse to apply for several positions in the same institution. So sending in three applications should not confuse th... read more

Will RNs who are not bilingual lose all opportunities to find an RN job?
Date: May 14, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, So many nursing jobs require applicants to be bilingual in English and Spanish..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Yo No Habla Espanol, The vast majority of jobs in Northern N.J., an area I am very familiar with, do not require bilingual skills. Sometimes we tend to focus on certain detail... read more

Should a seasoned RN, who is finding it hard to find a new job without a BSN, renew her nursing license?
Date: May 13, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have not been working for two years after moving back home, upgrading our ne..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Trying to Get Back To Normal, The entire healthcare delivery system, including the nursing profession, is changing and evolving. The job market for nurses is shifting too. If ... read more

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