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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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Is it OK to show up to a career fair in scrubs?
Date: Jun 10, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm planning to attend a career fair near the hospital where I work just to se..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering What to Wear to a Career Fair, It is always important to look your professional best when attending a career fair or any professional networking situation. You just ... read more

Do I have to complete another 4-year bachelor's degree to be a nurse?
Date: Jun 9, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have a bachelor's degree in business and am considering becoming a nurse. Is..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Going from Business to Nursing, Yes there is. You want to look for second-degree BSN or accelerated BSN programs. These programs are designed for someone like yo... read more

What can I do to use acupuncture skills in nursing?
Date: Jun 8, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I graduated from nursing school in New York City with an associate's degree in..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Nurse Acupuncturist, When you say that acupuncture is your current profession, I don't see that as outside of nursing. Many nurses have incorporated acupuncture, Reiki, massag... read more

What professional association can a nursing student join?
Date: Jun 5, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a student nurse slated to graduate next year. Are there any nursing assoc..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Student Who Wants to Join an Association, Your thought process is a good one. Now is the time to get involved in professional nursing associations and make it a lifelong habit... read more

What are the work-from-home options for experienced RNs?
Date: Jun 4, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I attended your seminar "Career Alternatives for Nurses" a couple of years ago..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Work From Home, You have a great background and as you know from attending the seminar, quite a few options for working from home. These include case management, tele... read more

How do you go on interviews when you are working?
Date: Jun 3, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, The last time that I was job searching I had no job at all so going on intervi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Time for an Interview, You have a few options. You can request a personal or vacation day, which is what many people do when they schedule interviews. It's usually not a... read more

Do you have tips for conducting a phone interview?
Date: Jun 2, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have lined up an interview out of state and my first interview will be by ph..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Phone Interview Tips, The telephone interview has become popular both as a screening tool and as a device to interview candidates at a distance. It presents a unique cha... read more

Is it possible to pursue an NP degree if you have an informatics degree?
Date: Jun 1, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I got an MSN in informatics, but am having a hard time finding a job in inform..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Informatics, The field of nursing informatics is rapidly growing. So if you're not able to find a job in this specialty, you either may be looking in the wrong p... 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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