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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, Nurse.com's career advice columnist is president of DonnaCarillo.com. 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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Can you recommend where I can find a free study guide or practice test for the nursing case manager board certification exam?
Date: Apr 17, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I would like to take the nursing case manager board certification exam through..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Get Board Certified, The American Nurses Credentialing Center provides free resources to prepare for the certification you reference including sample questions and mo... read more

Do you know of nursing careers with no hours later than midnight?
Date: Apr 16, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, About five years ago I was diagnosed with epilepsy. My seizures are small, but..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Be A Nurse But Has Epilepsy, Contrary to common belief, not all nurses work nights. Only about half of all nurses work in hospitals or nursing homes where shift work ... read more

Is it possible to work as a school nurse without being certified in this specialty?
Date: Apr 15, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Is it possible to work as a school nurse without being certified? I don't real..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in School Nursing. Yes, it is possible to work as a school nurse without being certified. Every state and school district is different, but even in those areas wher... read more

Where can a nurse from Greece take the clinical hours she's lacking without taking a two-year BSN course?
Date: Apr 14, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN in Greece and I want to work here in the U.S. I have sent my nursin..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Nurse From Greece, I contacted CGFNS International (www.cgfns.org), which formerly was known as the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing School. They advise that you sho... read more

How is acute care experience defined? Would experience as a nurse in a large ENT/allergy practice be sufficient?
Date: Apr 10, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna: I have been working as a staff nurse for more than a year in a large ENT &..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking to Transition, Acute care experience is typically defined as working in the hospital setting. So your experience would not qualify. And while many hospitals are hiring... read more

Do I have to submit a proposal to speak at upcoming nursing conferences? Do you have any tips to share for public speaking?
Date: Apr 9, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am interested in speaking at some future nursing conferences. Do I have to s..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested In Speaking, It's wonderful that you want to stretch yourself personally and professionally. Contact any associations or events where you are interested in speaking... read more

What are options for an LVN like me who wants to have my own business? Could I be a health coach?
Date: Apr 8, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, As a licensed vocational nurse, what are my options for getting into my own bu..
Dear Donna replies- Dear LVN Who Wants To Start A Business, As an LVN you have plenty of business options. Health coaching is a great one. Even though many RNs are doing health coaching, the RN creden... read more

What is the best way to address a cover letter if you do not have an individual's name?
Date: Apr 7, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What is the best way to address a cover letter: "To whom it may concern" or "D..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Send a Cover Letter, Use a traditional business letter format starting with the recipient's name and title, facility name and address. If you don't have a specific pe... read more

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