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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 I find a job as a new RN graduate that is mostly holistic in nature and nurture?
Date: Mar 27, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a new graduate and have passed my state boards. I am looking for a job, b..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Career Options, You are coming into nursing and healthcare at a time of great change and evolution. That is good for you because you have an opportunity to be a pioneer ... read more

Is being a Botox or filler nurse a viable route for employment? How competitive is it for an RN to get into the field?
Date: Mar 26, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am considering taking Botox and filler classes. Do you feel this is a viable..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Injectables, The field of nursing esthetics is growing. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons are hiring nurses in increasing numbers to train them to do this work... read more

Can you offer some advice on getting a job for an RN who has been licensed for 2 years, but who has worked as an RN for only 2 months?
Date: Mar 25, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been an RN for two years, but have worked for only a couple of months b..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Work, Don't be discouraged. The job market is shifting and changing. Even though you are not a new nurse, read "New nurse, new job strategies" to see what's happening... read more

Can an RN get personal liability insurance for part-time wellness work in a corporate setting even if they don't have their own business?
Date: Mar 24, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am employed full-time but have several days off each week because I work 12-..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Insurance, That sounds like a great opportunity. You may eventually be able to parlay that into full- or part-time self-employment. Corporate wellness education is a hot... read more

Is there a market for RNs working as health coaches? Is an MSN or certification required to work in this field?
Date: Mar 21, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'd like to know what you think about nurses becoming health coaches. Is there..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Desperate, Health coaching is a hot and growing specialty in nursing. It offers opportunities to be both employed and self-employed. With the health delivery system in the U.S... read more

How can a seasoned RN with malpractice claims management experience find a new job after being laid off? Is work in risk management an option?
Date: Mar 20, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN with med/surg and critical care experience who has worked in the me..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Laid Off, While getting laid off is never easy, you have a great background and I am confident you will be able to find another position. For starters, read "How to handle a l... read more

Would becoming a nurse coder/auditor be a good choice for a former NICU and OR nurse to pursue?
Date: Mar 19, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have purchased your book, "The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses," and I am d..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Considering Coding, If you are not getting any information or contacts from related professional associations by phone or email, then take another approach. Attend local chapt... read more

Is an RN being sexually harassed by a patient who insists on being wiped after toileting even though she is fully capable of doing this for herself?
Date: Mar 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Am I being sexually harassed by a patient who insists I wipe her after toileti..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feels Harassed, It is always challenging for me to respond to a question like this without knowing all the details such as the patient's age, mental status, medical condition ... read more

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