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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, Nurse.com'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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What's the best route for a person with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience to go about becoming a pediatric nurse?
Date: Aug 28, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience. I have now deci..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Deciding Between a BSN and MSN, The quickest way for you to become an RN at this point would be to enter an accelerated BSN program. Once you graduate and start working, you c... read more

What can an RN do when she realizes the new job she's in is not a good fit?
Date: Aug 27, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I recently accepted a position in an office setting because it was close to ho..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Bored and Not Fitting In, Two months is long enough to know if the job is right for you or not. And this one sounds like it doesn't suit you. Don't despair. It happens. I once... read more

How can an RN from Nigeria relocate to the U.S. for work and study?
Date: Aug 26, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN/RM in an ED in Nigeria. I want to relocate to the U.S. for further ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Relocate to the USA from Nigeria, I would recommend you look for an international nursing agency that recruits nurses from your country to the U.S. The advantage of w... read more

How can an RN find a job at a hospital if she was terminated from her first hospital job?
Date: Aug 25, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been an RN for four years. Immediately following graduation from nursin..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Devastated in NJ, I'm sorry to hear about this whole situation for many reasons. I also am disappointed to hear that you came to an agreement with your employer and they suppo... read more

Is it necessary to get a master's degree in nursing informatics before looking for jobs in that specialty?
Date: Aug 22, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Is it necessary to get a master's degree in nursing informatics before looking..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Informatics, You do not need any additional education to embark on a career in nursing/healthcare informatics. Your nursing credentials and experience, combined ... read more

What do I put on my resume to indicate I've been out of work for six months on disability due to a back injury?
Date: Aug 20, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been out of work for six months on disability due to a back injury. How..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Out on Disability, You do not need or want to indicate your injury or the fact that you were out on disability on your resume. This is protected information under the American... read more

Do you have suggestions on how I can start a professional writing career?
Date: Aug 19, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I was inspired and intrigued by your recent LinkedIn update regarding writing...
Dear Donna replies- Dear Intrigued by writing, I have been a writer for many years but recently updated my LinkedIn profile triggering LinkedIn to send a notice to all my connections that I had a new ... read more

How can an RN become a wellness coach or CRNA?
Date: Aug 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How can an RN become a wellness coach or CRNA, and what financial aid is avail..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Inquisitive mind, Becoming a wellness coach and becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist are two very different career paths so I will address each separately. A CRNA... read more

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