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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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Can a school RN be held responsible for any medical incidents that arise while she is away from the building?
Date: Apr 2, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I was hired as a long-term substitute school nurse. They are requiring me to t..
Dear Donna replies- Dear School Nurse, For your question, I consulted Fred DiCostanzo, RN, a human resources specialist. Here's what he had to say: "Since the nurse is required to take a lunch break, ... read more

What options are there for a new, disappointed CNM working twice the hours for half the pay?
Date: Apr 1, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I just wanted to comment on the article encouraging nurses to continue their p..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Disappointed With Education, I'm sorry to hear about your current work situation. Working in an unsatisfying job as you describe is not healthy physically, emotionally or spir... read more

Does it make sense for an RN in her 50s to pursue an MSN degree with an ARNP tract?
Date: Mar 31, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm 58, and have worked as a staff RN for 20 years, mostly in fast-paced criti..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Reluctant to Pursue Advanced Practice, Nurse practitioner is one of the hottest commodities in healthcare and the opportunities only will expand. Plus, 60 is relatively young ... read more

Is it true that schooling is shorter and salaries are better for physician assistants than RNs?
Date: Mar 28, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, My daughter is starting nursing school. She was told to look into becoming a p..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering About PA vs. RN, Physician assistant and registered nurse are two entirely different career paths. The PAs educational track is not shorter than a RNs. PAs generally... read more

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

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