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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 a psych nurse who wants to transition into med/surg nursing make her resume more marketable?
Date: Sep 10, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been working as a psychiatric nurse for three years and would like to a..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Psych Nurse Who Wants Med-Surg, For starters, know the hospital job market for nurses is rapidly changing and evolving. Hospitals are slowly downsizing as more care is deliver... read more

What type of part-time work can an experienced nurse with an ADN get after being out of the workforce for a year?
Date: Sep 9, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a two-year degree nurse with more than 13 years of experience. I had to r..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Frustrated, The job market for nurses is changing every day. Experience does matter but it is not enough these days in some settings. Hospitals are primarily hiring BSN nurses... read more

Will hospitals or other institutions hire nurses who have a criminal record?
Date: Sep 8, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Will hospitals or other institutions hire nurses with a criminal record? My pa..
Dear Donna replies- Dear In Fear of Misdemeanors, This is a tough question to answer. If your partner pursues this, there may be several hurdles to overcome. For a nurse with a record, the hurdles to ... read more

How long does a nurse need to work in a hospital before moving into other specialties or work areas?
Date: Sep 5, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How long does a nurse need to work in a hospital before moving into other spec..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Confused, Two years of telemetry experience is more than enough hospital experience to allow you to go virtually anywhere you want to go at this point. More importantly, the j... read more

Do I have anything to worry about since I forgot to mention I take Ativan when I went for a drug screen as part of job hiring process?
Date: Sep 4, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I interviewed for a position at a long-term care facility and submitted a urin..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Concerned about Drug Test, For your question, I consulted Fred DiCostanzo, MA, RN Human Resource specialist. Here's what he had to say, "The purpose of pre-employment drug scr... read more

Can you recommend some nursing associations for a new nurse to join?
Date: Sep 3, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm a new nurse with a BSN degree. Can you recommend some nursing associations..
Dear Donna replies- Dear New Nurse, Congratulations and welcome to the profession! Your question is an important one because it is through our nursing associations that we create community in nursing.... read more

What can nursing staff do if their unit manager overlooks concerns about bullying by a clinical nurse manager?
Date: Sep 2, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Hi Donna, I work in a hospital and have two bosses, a clinical manager and a nurse manager..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Highly Anxious, Most organizations have strict policies against harassment, abusive behavior and hostile work environments. Familiarize yourself with your employer's policy an... read more

Is it too late to send a thank you note two weeks after an interview?
Date: Sep 1, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I had an interview two weeks ago and haven't heard anything back yet. Is it to..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Belated Thank You, While the interview follow-up or thank-you note is traditionally sent within 24 hours after the interview, it is perfectly okay to send it now. If the posit... read more

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