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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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When considering getting an MSN, which specialty would be the best bet among nursing administration, informatics and education?
Date: Feb 18, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a staff nurse in a large teaching hospital. I will be 54 soon, and need t..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Torn Between Educational Tracks, What's important is you get an MSN. The specific focus is much less important than you might realize. One track is not more valuable or market... read more

Should an RN, who has not worked as a nurse for 10 years and cannot find a job, give up and move into another profession?
Date: Feb 17, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN with 10 years of experience. I left work to stay home with my child..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Ready to Give Up, Your nursing career is not over nor should you give up or switch professions. You will, however, need to take additional steps to transition back into the nu... read more

Is there a mandate in the U.S. requiring nurses to take a refresher course if they have been out of the workforce for several years?
Date: Feb 16, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I graduated in 2010 from a community college, took the NCLEX and passed in 201..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Delayed Start, It is not true that there is a statewide mandate in New York or anywhere else requiring nurses take refresher courses if they have been out of the workforce for... read more

What are some options for a former nursing student who didn't earn enough credits for a nursing degree or pass the RN exam the first time?
Date: Feb 12, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am inquiring on behalf of my niece, who graduated a year ago from a universi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Concerned Aunt, It is challenging for me to advise you without knowing all the specifics of the program she was in and what the actual challenges or obstacles were. If she is ... read more

Can you help a new school RN, going for her BSN, decide how to get hospital or clinic experience too?
Date: Feb 11, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, First I want to thank you for advice you gave me a few years ago when I was st..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants More Experience I'm happy to hear you found a job you love. It is great you are working on your BSN. I understand your concerns but am not sure taking on an additional j... read more

Is it worthwhile for a 60-year-old experienced ADN to get her MSN at this stage of life?
Date: Feb 10, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I got my ADN in 1974 and am 60 years old. I am enrolled in an online RN-to-BSN..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Young Spirit, Based on today's life expectancy and how long many are opting to stay in the job market, at the relatively young age of 60, pursuing a master's degree makes perf... read more

How can an RN with a master's in health systems administration get a job in the administrative side of healthcare?
Date: Feb 9, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have just graduated with a master's in health systems administration. I am a..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Get Into Administration, There are many different settings and roles you would be able to move into as a nurse with a degree and interest in administration. But at th... read more

How can an RN find out more about the specialty of case management?
Date: Feb 6, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna: I have worked in various specialties, mostly in the hospital, for the last 12 ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for a Change: Case management is certainly a great specialty to consider. It's always wise to start by speaking to other nurses who are already working in the specialt... read more

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*Due to the sheer volume of questions received, Donna Cardillo cannot answer every question or respond privately to any questions. All questions answered will appear on, and some may be printed in Gannett Healthcare Group publications. Last names and e-mail addresses will be omitted.
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