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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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How can an RN become a wellness coach or CRNA?
Date: Aug 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How can an RN become a wellness coach or CRNA, and what financial aid is avail..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Inquisitive mind, Becoming a wellness coach and becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist are two very different career paths so I will address each separately. A CRNA... read more

How can I work my way into a management from a staff nurse position?
Date: Aug 16, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How does one work their way into a management position from a staff nurse? I w..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Move into Management, It's wonderful that you have a plan and a vision for you future. Managers can have a very positive impact on the work environment, on individual... read more

How can a nurse get started in the public speaking business?
Date: Aug 14, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have long admired your work and would love to someday do what you do. Can yo..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Speak. When there's something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing it and there's a couple of ways for you to do so. I recommend you ... read more

What can I do to improve my chance of getting a job at a hospital?
Date: Aug 13, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How can I get a job in a hospital? I graduated two years ago with my BSN and a..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Frustrated Nurse, While hospital nursing has always been the standard for gaining experience, the delivery of healthcare, along with the job market for nurses, is rapidly chan... read more

What types of jobs are there for a nurse with years of experience but who does not have her BSN?
Date: Aug 12, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN since 1985 and have an ADN. I am increasingly becoming dissatisfied..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Dissatisfied Nurse, I always say that discontent is a reminder postcard from the universe that it's time to make some changes. And while the BSN has become standard for many h... read more

Is there any hope of an RN with 2 years of experience getting another job as a nurse after working in other areas of healthcare for 10 years?
Date: Aug 11, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have two years of experience in nursing, but I have not worked as a nurse fo..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feels Like A Lost Cause, You're not a lost cause in any way, shape, or form. But you may be out of touch with what's happening in the current job market for nurses. I find it ... read more

How can an experienced nurse find a job with more flexibility, perhaps even working from home?
Date: Aug 8, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been working in the OR for 34 years but would like to find a job in the..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Flexibility There are lots of things you can do from home. Some examples would be doing case management, disease management and telephone advice line or triage for an in... read more

How can an RN determine if his job is considered a contractor or employee position if the person hiring him is not sure?
Date: Aug 7, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I was offered a family nurse practitioner position after my graduation. I don'..
Dear Donna replies- Dear 1099 Versus W2, Whether you work as an employee or contractor, depends on several things. Here's an explanation from the Small Business Administration about the difference bet... read more

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